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ERIC Number: ED551222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 204
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2677-4692-4
WPAs and Adjuncts: What We Can Learn from Social Identity & Expertise Theories
Sidey, Mark Edward
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Purdue University
This dissertation examines the social identity of adjunct faculty and the implications for writing program administrators (WPAs). With the ever increasing reliance on Master's degree teachers to teach first-year composition and other writing classes, WPAs are faced with the task of attempting to bring some level of disciplinary coherence to writing programs. This study consists of interviews of adjuncts at a Midwestern University that employed up to 50 adjuncts a year. Interview questions were developed using social identity theory. Interview results were analyzed via expertise and career theories. Findings indicate that adjuncts who do not have a Rhetoric and Composition PhD are unlikely to have a social identity as a member of the discipline and are unlikely to achieve expert status as disciplinary teachers. Recommendations are presented for strengthening writing programs and in addressing the national adjunct situation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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