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ERIC Number: EJ847980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
"Must Be Willing to Teach Composition": The Rhetoric and Practices of the Small College Job Search
Carpini, Dominic Delli
Composition Studies, v32 n2 p31-52 Fall 2004
The tenure line job search provides a crucial opportunity for small college composition programs to advance both the quality and visibility of writing instruction, both on their campus and nationally. Since small colleges rely upon the multiple competencies of their faculty, the job search helps to define both the new position and the work of the individual who fills it. This essay traces key moments in the job search, from the writing of the advertisement to the on-campus interview, illustrating ways that composition has traditionally been marginalized as a mere "duty," and offering advice on how it might instead be treated as an area of expertise. It examines the rhetoric of job ads, discussing the statements they make about the importance of composition, and suggests ways that the interview process can publicly assert the importance of composition theory and pedagogy to the essential work of the small college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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