Turner, Brian and Judith Kearns. “No Longer Discourse Technicians: Redefining Place and Purpose in an Independent Canadian Writing Program.” In A Field of Dreams: Independent Writing Programs and the Future of Composition Studies. Ed. Peggy O’Neill, Angela Crow, and Larry W. Burton. Logan: Utah State UP, 2002. 90-103. Print.
The authors explain how the Centre for Academic Writing at the University of Winnipeg became independent from the English department and how that independence has affected the faculty and mission of the centre. The Writing Program was first founded in 1987 in the English Department and had the responsibility of administering and teaching the first-year course through a combination of tenure-track faculty and full-time instructions. The program, which contained no senior faculty, decided to become an independent center instead of a department in 1995, a decision that affected how rhetoric was perceived in the university (as service work, perhaps unworthy of tenure.) The faculty began to nominate each other to serve on university committees as a way to learn and influence the administrative procedures that would affect the program and its faculty. They also seized opportunities to create joint minor and major programs both within the university and with local colleges, working towards changing the center to departmental status that administers a joint major in rhetoric and communications.
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Importance of serving on university committees: learn procedures, increase the faculty and program’s visibility in a good way.