2016 skeletal notes (seriously, bones)

Discovered this site, https://collegecompositionweekly.com/, where author summarizes one recent journal article a week. Since I’m barely able to keep up with my original idea to periodically write about new work that interests me (my last post was four years ago!!), I figure, why re-invent the wheel? What’s below is less a summary than a list of recent pubs that I want to remember for teaching, thinking, and writing.

WPA 39.2 (2016): Symposium: Challenging Whiteness and/in Writing Program Administration and Writing Programs — a must read for understanding the landscape of admin work and for challenging the blindspots of existing curricula, program goals, as well as scholarly preoccupations/habits of mind.

WPA 40.1 (2016): “Preparing Graduate Students to Teach Online” –shared this one with our admins, as we were just talking about the slipshod process by which teachers get assigned online courses (esp in summer) without any specialized training or preparation. We can do better. This piece helps to think about exactly how we might do better.

“Racism in Writing Programs” by Asao Inoue–knock out piece that challenges all of us to come to jesus on race. He writes, “The bottom line is, as judges of English in college writing classrooms, we cannot avoid the racializing of language when we judge writing nor can we avoid the influence of race in how we read and value the words and ideas of others in journals or at conferences or in faculty meetings” (144).

Also, Yergeau’s “Creating a Culture of Access in WPA” goes straight at what we often cannot/will not see or address: “I am hoping, then, that we might story together, that we might collectively and angrily survey a disciplinary landscape that is not only inaccessible or inhospitable to disabled bodies, but a landscape that also actively hides disabled bodies from view and perpetrates exponential violences on those who are multiply marginalized” (158). Both Inoue’s and this one were originally plenaries. Wish I’d been present to hear them delivered.

College English 79.1 (Sept. 2016): See Webb-Sunderhaus and Miller for possible inclusion in 7020. First is on Appalachian identity; second is on disabilty and sociomaterial approaches to literacy.

CCC 67.4 (2016): “Expanding the Writing Franchise” focuses on consulting as one avenue that folks w/doctorates in writing studies might pursue. Really provocative piece that has implications for how we train and prepare students for work/worlds beyond the academy.

68.2 (2016): “Veterans in the Writing Classroom” — found this to be a thoughtful article on varying approaches to teaching veterans in college. Good resource to consult as such initiatives grow and gain more prominence.