Lisa R. Arnold, writing in the Spring issue of Composition Studies, discusses her exchanges with faculty at the American University of Beirut during a two-semester seminar on rhetoric and composition theory as it has been developed in North America for monolingual audiences. In particular, she details the responses of faculty teaching in Lebanon to the theory of “translingualism” as proposed by Bruce Horner, Min-Zhan Lu, Jacqueline Jones Royster, and John Trimbur.
A VERY CHALLENGING ARTICLE on the stresses of racial equity work by faculty at a Minnesota community college: “A Tragedy in Five Acts.”
Matt Sumpter argues that creative writing and composition differ enough that they should remain separate courses but that they offer enough individual value that both belong in a first-year curriculum.
Steve Lamos argues in the March College English that job security for teaching-track writing faculty will remain elusive if administrators and other powerful stakeholders continue to see the emotional labor such teachers perform as “unimportant, uninteresting, and ultimately unworthy of attention.” He offers concrete steps toward combating “negative affect.”
Zak Lancaster in College Composition and Communication analyzes the templates (“formulas?”) offered in the college writing textbook They Say/I Say. Do they really reflect the choices academic writers make? Check out what he found!
Do you teach academic writing? What do you think about Lancaster’s claims?