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ERIC Number: EJ776663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
The Professionalization of Two-Year College English Faculty: 1950-1990
Andelora, Jeffrey
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v35 n1 p6-19 Sep 2007
Two-year colleges have long struggled with questions of status and identity. For most of the twentieth century, two-year college faculty were heir to many of the same issues of status and identity that plagued their institutions. Because the majority of two-year colleges were under the control of local secondary-school districts--and faculty and administrations were often hired from local secondary schools--the professional identity of two-year college faculty was tied more closely to their local communities than to the disciplinary communities or professional organizations of their university colleagues. This lack of a clear national identity was remedied somewhat in the 1990s with the ratification of the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA). However, TYCA is a relatively recent phenomenon, and newcomers to the ranks of two-year college English faculty may not be aware of the rich, sometimes difficult, history that led to its emergence. In this essay, the author explores the period from 1950 through 1990, focusing specifically on two crucial periods in the history of the professionalization of two-year college English faculty: the period during which the two-year college regional organizations and their oversight committee, the National Junior College Committee, were formed, and the period during which members of this oversight group realized that in order for two-year college faculty to truly claim their place in the fields of English studies and in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), they would need to form a new organization.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A