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CFP: Undergraduate Writing Majors: Fourteen Program Profiles
Greg Giberson, Ph.D., Oakland University
Jim Nugent, Ph.D., Oakland University
Lori Ostergaard, Ph.D., Oakland University

As a part of the CCCCs 2010 annual convention, fifteen of the chapter authors from the then newly released What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors participated in a roundtable discussion about the book and the growing interest in the undergraduate writing major. At least sixty people attended the session with people sitting on the floor, standing against walls, and crowding the doorway to participate. After the panelists had given their introductory remarks, the floor opened up for discussion. Almost every question posed to the panel was practical in nature, most some variation of “How do we do this?” This collection will be a follow up to What We are Becoming and will be an attempt to answer the question, “How do we do this?”

Our intention is to provide fourteen program profiles from various types of institutions (liberal arts, MA, Doctoral, etc.), sizes, departmental structures (independent departments, tracks w/in English departments, etc.), and forms (disciplinary, professional/technical, new media, creative writing, combined, etc.).
Chapters will include the following:

• Introduction to the program’s history, the institution, the department, etc.
• Introduction to the program and the rationale for its structure.
• Implementation narrative explaining the local contingencies that helped/hindered the implementation and the arguments and comprises that had to be made in support of the program.
• Connections section explaining where the program fits in the university and how it connects with or is influenced by/influences other programs such as first-year composition, WAC, etc.
• Reflection section explaining what the author(s) have learned about developing, implementing, running, revising, etc. such a program.
• Looking forward section discussing the future of the program.
• Descriptive materials such as checklists, course descriptions, etc.

While not an exhaustive list, each chapter should address these aspects of the program thoroughly. While all institutions are different with their own histories, cultures, and the like, we believe the collected knowledge and experiences compiled in this collection will be an indispensible resource for those who are and will be asking “How do we do this?” in the years to come.

The editors seek 500-word proposals for chapters between 5,000 and 7,000 words. The deadline for proposal is May 10, 2011. Please email word or rtf submission to: