Writing at the State U

Instruction and Administration at 106 Comprehensive Universities

by Emily J. Isaacs

“I really can’t say enough good things about this book. The research is incredibly important and enormously timely. . . . [Emily Isaacs] gives the entire field a methodology and a challenge to do better data.”

—Mya Poe, Northeastern University

 

Writing at the State U presents a comprehensive, empirical examination of writing programs at 106 universities. Rather than using open survey calls and self-reporting, Emily Isaacs uses statistical analysis to show the extent to which established principles of writing instruction and administration have been implemented at state comprehensive universities, the ways in which writing at those institutions has differed from writing at other institutions over time, and how state institutions have responded to major scholarly debates concerning first-year composition and writing program administration.

Isaacs’s findings are surprising: state university writing programs give lip service to important principles of writing research, but many still emphasize grammar instruction and a skills-based approach, classes continue to be outsized, faculty development is optional, and orientation toward basic writing is generally remedial. As such, she considers where a closer match between writing research and writing instruction might help to expose and remedy these difficulties and identifies strategies and areas where faculty or writing program administrators are empowered to enact change.

Unique in its wide scope and methodology, Writing at the State U sheds much-needed light on the true state of the writing discipline at state universities and demonstrates the advantages of more frequent and rigorous quantitative studies of the field.

Emily J. Isaacs is an associate dean for academic affairs at Montclair State University and a professor specializing in writing pedagogy, assessment, and programming in higher education. Her articles have appeared in Pedagogy, College English, Writing Program Administration, Writing Center Journal, and Journal of Teaching Writing, and she has coedited and contributed to several books, including Public Works: Student Writing as Public Text and Intersections: A Thematic Reader for Writers.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $30.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-638-0
  • Ebook Price: $25.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $13.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-639-7
  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Pages: 250
  • Illustrations: 60 black and white line drawings and tables
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Emily J. Isaacs
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-638-0