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ERIC Number: ED568431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 262
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-6391-2
On Being an Island: A Grounded Theory Study of Being a WPA and the Only Composition Scholar at an Institution
Gallaher, Robin
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
This study investigates the impact of being the only composition scholar on writing program administrators' work, relationships, and identities. The study data illuminates the experiences of a segment of the writing program administration population that is currently underrepresented: writing program administrators who are also the only composition scholars at their institutions. Twenty-two current or previous only-composition-scholar writing program administrators were surveyed to establish scholarly exigency. Fourteen of the survey participants were interviewed about their work, relationships and identities. The participants indicated their work was substantially affected by being the only composition scholar. They reported that ideological differences between literacy and composition studies resulted in a lack of respect for composition studies and for their expertise. Relationships with colleagues beyond the participants' home departments and programs were easier to navigate and more productive. The participants also indicated that being the only composition scholar at their institutions affected their rhetorical choices, created different challenges in curriculum design and change, caused them to feel alienated from the field of composition, and affected their ability to establish praxis. They also reported being satisfied in their positions. [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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