True and Candid Compositions Site Launched

For immediate use Sept. 14, 2005
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Library debuts Web site of history as written by Carolina students

UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has written a new chapter of history – digitally. “True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina” will go live on the Internet today (Sept. 14).
There are tales about student discipline, as in this 1810 letter from John Ramsey to the university trustees:
“The reason upon which was founded my suspension appeared to have been the act of firing one pistol and if it is any palliation of the crime, it did not take place within the hours prescribed by law for study, nor at night when the cracking of a pistol might have caused greater tumult.”

Letter to David Brooks in response to NYT Editorial

Here's the letter I sent (via e-mail) to David Brooks at the Times in response to his column:

Dear Mr. Brooks:
I am a teacher of first-year writing (aka freshman comp) and of teachers who teach first-year writing. I’d like to invite you to learn more about how composition instructors at my institution -- in fact, at many institutions around the country -- are working to address the growing inequality that you discuss in your column of 25 September.

I teach at Eastern Michigan University, a school of about 25,000 students located 45 miles west of Detroit. Many of our students come from the “bottom half”to which you refer. For these students, as others, a college degree is increasingly necessary to be considered a legitimate participant in American civic life.

Writing Center Director, Coker College, Hartsville, SC (tenure track)

Coker College’s Department of Communication, Language, and Literature seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor to serve as the Director of the Writing Center beginning August 2006. Candidates should hold a doctorate in composition and rhetoric. Applicants with creative writing experience will receive special consideration. Successful candidate will teach two courses a semester while supervising the writing program at the Hartsville and satellite campuses. Desire to instruct non-traditional students is essential. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Review of applicants will begin December 1. Send application letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to David McCracken, Coker College, 300 East College Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina 29550. EOE.


Director of Women's Studies, Purdue University

Director of Women’s Studies Program
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University invites applications for the position of Director, effective August, 2006. The Women’s Studies Program, established in 1979, is an interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Liberal Arts. The program offers an undergraduate major and minor and a graduate minor curriculum. Courses are offered in feminist theory; interdisciplinary studies in sexualities; gender and multiculturalism; and global feminism, as well as a variety of specialized and advanced courses in areas of faculty interest. The program currently has eight joint-appointed faculty and more than 40 affiliated faculty and has received strong support from the College of Liberal Arts.


English Education Position

Tenure-track position in English Education with specializations in incorporating technology in Language Arts instruction and one or more of the following areas: literacy and learning theory; planning instruction for diverse learners; writing and writing assessment. Experience in middle or high school required. Ph.D. required.

Please send a current c.v. and a letter detailing expertise and experience in the areas indicated to Dr. Theodore Steinberg, Department of English, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.


Seeking info on writing program assessment

Our university is currently designing a program to assess several aspects of our First Year Writing program, which consists of two semesters of English Composition. We're considering several options/models for this assessment program, and I'm very interested to hear "real life" stories from WPAs about experiences they've had implementing such programs -- what have been the most significant challenges? benefits? if you could redesign your assessment program from the ground up, what might you do differently?

Ours is a mid-sized, undergrad-only branch campus of a major research university, and I'm especially interested to hear from WPAs at similar institutions, though I'm grateful for hard-won wisdom anyone might have to pass along.

Program Evaluation Consultant in Communication

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks an assessment consultant to evaluate its undergraduate Communication Requirement. The Communication Requirement focuses on developing both written and oral communication skills at the general level and in the student's major field of study. Students are expected to take four Communication Intensive Subjects (CI) sequenced throughout their undergraduate program.

Posts from Kim McDonald -- University of New Orleans

With her permission, I have compiled Kim McDonald's posts to WPA-L. Posts are in reverse chronological order.

Fri 9/16/2005 11:56 PM
University of New Orleans campus

Again, this is all from rumors:

From what we can find out (and we hear we may be able to get on campus, at least to get a few things out of our offices sometime next week, so we'll know more), only about 1/3 of the UNO campus flooded (I believe it's the portion nearest Leon C. Simon--Bienville Hall, maybe Engineering, Ben Franklin High School, and the old gym, maybe a few others). At one point it was reported that all buildings had been broken into--we originally thought it was looting, but have since heard that a large number of rescued people had been taken there with promises of being picked up soon, only to be left for a long time. After a length of time with no food or water, they broke into the buildings and then broke into vending machines and offices looking for necessities. I hear several people rescued seemed to be wearing new clothes with UNO logos. They had also taken furniture outside of some of the buildings because it was too hot to sit inside the buildings. So the break-ins were justifiable, and we hear for the most part, there wasn't gratuitous damage. Sounds like we were pretty lucky overall, and I for one hope those people enjoy their UNO togs. One more way to help the community.

Job Board Now Open

People may now post and search for job ads at the WPA Job Board: You only have to be a registered site user to post new job ads. There are no fees, ads will be archived permanently, and the URL will be stable so that it can be sent to others (on listservs, for example). Job ads can be in rich HTML also. For questions about how to use the Job Board or any other site-related questions, contact David Blakesley.

Posts from Irv Peckham in Baton Rouge

With his permission, I am posting Irv Peckham's messages to the WPA-L listrserv.


Thu 9/15/2005 12:18 PM
Re: UNO and Hurricane Katrina an d adjuncts
It's been unclear about adjuncts. We have been able to hire only one adjunct from UNO--on the stipulation that he was being paid by them, to which we added 600.00. big deal.

i have received about 20 inquiries from NO teachers. Of course we can't hire them because we don't get any extra monies--they paid the tuition to the NO university and we're not asking them to pay again. there will be some negotiations about this further, but in essence, the adjuncts got stuck. I suspect all tenured or tenured track faculty will be paid. so what's new (knowing that must of us are tenured or tenure track).