Going Public

What Writing Programs Learn from Engagement

edited by Irwin Weiser and Shirley K. Rose

An important new resource for WPA preparation courses. In Going Public, Rose and Weiser moderate a discussion of the role of the writing program vis-à-vis the engagement movement, the service learning movement, and the current interest in public discourse/civic rhetoric among scholars of rhetoric and composition.

While there have been a number of publications describing service-learning and community leadership programs, most of these focus on curricular elements and address administrative issues primarily from a curricular perspective. The emphasis of Going Public is on the ways that engagement-focused programs change conceptions of WPA identity.

Writing programs are typically situated at points where students make the transition from community to college or from college to community, and are already dedicated to developing literacies that are critically needed in communities. As institutions begin to include more explicit engagement with citizen and stakeholder groups as an element of their mission, writing program administrators find themselves with an opportunity to articulate ways in which writing program goals and purposes can significantly contribute to achieving these new institutional goals.



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Irwin Weiser is professor of English at Purdue University. He has served as department head, director of composition, and director of developmental writing and most recently as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He is active in the Council of Writing Program Administrators, including serving several terms on the editorial board of WPA: The Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and a term on the executive board.

Shirley K Rose is professor of English at Arizona State University, where she is director of ASU Writing Programs. She has served as director of composition at Purdue, director of graduate assistants at Eastern Michigan University, director of composition faculty development at San Diego State University, and graduate adviser for SDSU’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, where she was a founding faculty member. She is the director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $33.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-769-8
  • Ebook Price: $24.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $5.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-770-4
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Irwin Weiser and Shirley K. Rose
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-769-8