Roundtable Discussants Needed - WPA 2006

Are FYC courses your school taught primarily by faculty (“regular” and/or temporary)? If so, I ask you to consider participating in a roundtable discussion I’m proposing for WPA 2006.

WPA scholarship tends to ignore, I believe, those of us in institutions where FYC courses are staffed primarily, if not exclusively, by faculty. I’m interested in widening our profession’s conception of WPA work and identity by looking at the locations in which we work and the roles place, location, and culture play in our work. If your FYC courses are staffed primarily by a relatively stable cadre of faculty on some kind of continuing appointment and would like to participate in this roundtable discussion, please email me at sduffey@georgiasouthern.edu. Include a brief description of your staff, the kind of institution you work at, and perhaps a question or two you think your position raises about WPA theory, practice, or scholarship. I’ll put together a group whose “locations” might be expected to bring up a diversity of issues.

Suellynn Duffey

Comments

I'd be interested in participating in the roundtable discussion that you have posted on WPA Digital. At USC Aiken, almost all of the freshman comp classes are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty or by permanent senior instructors who can choose to go through a promotion review similar to the tenure review. Out of 37 first year comp classes this Spring 2006 semester, only 6 are being taught by adjuncts. Because faculty are more autonomous, continuity is tenuous: for instance, faculty choose their own texts and are only bound by general learning objectives when designing a course. Assessment across multiple sections becomes a real challenge, and establishing a center that holds can become difficult. I'd like to be part of this conversation.

Lynne A. Rhodes, PhD
Associate Professor of English
USCA
lynner@usca.edu