Random bullets

  • I'm thinking about creating an administratosphere category after the fashion of Collin.
  • Speaking of administration, I've been trying to figure out which offices I need to contact to introduce myself. So far I have:

    * the library (to find a research librarian who can schedule library
    visits for FYW courses)
    * the Services for Students with Disabilities office
    * the Office of International Affairs
    * the Counseling and Testing Center
    * the Office for Campus Diversity
    * the Department of Student Personnel (an office of the Dean of Students)
    * the Department of Modern Language (regarding writing courses for ESL students)
    * the Moodle administrator
    * the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
    * the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
    * the registrar's office
    * the Office of Admissions
    * the university bookstore
    * writing program administrators at other universities in the state with whom we have articulation agreements
    * the Office of Institutional Research

    I think I'll have some built-in networking opportunities with some of these, as the director of first-year writing is expected to serve on the Admission by Exception Committee and the Enrollment Management Committee. Before posting the list here, I submitted it to the WPA listserv. I thought I'd get flamed for posting about a topic I assumed they'd talked about many times before, but it actually got some positive response. I'll be interested to see if any of you have any additions to the list.

  • The new issue of Kairos is out, and I'm thrilled to see a version 2.0 of an article Steve Krause wrote years ago, "'Where Do I List This on My CV?' Considering the Values of Self-Published Web Sites." Charlie has been talking about the value of publishing updated revisions of landmark articles for years, so I'm hoping others follow Steve's lead.

    Particularly exciting about the article is the fact that Steve gives updates on each self-published site he showcased in 2002, and he asks the authors about their sites' effect on their tenure cases:

    Lee Honeycutt earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor at Iowa State University. In email correspondance for this revision, he said that he thought his hypertextualized version of Aristotle's Rhetoric helped his case "as several external reviewers believed the site was comparable to a 'critical edition' work. But online work such as this cannot be the only standard. Candidates for tenure still need to show evidence of traditional scholarship in print journals" (electronic mail communication, June 12, 2007). Interestingly though, his previous self-published web work seems to have laid the foundation for recognition of his more current self-published web work, Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory. Honeycutt wrote, "Though I had not discussed (the Quintilian site), my department listed the site in a 'books and other works' category when compiling our department bibliography this year" (electronic mail communication, June 12, 2007).

    Daniel Anderson earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In email correspondence, Anderson wrote "I think having technology be a part of my job portfolio helped a bit when it came to getting promoted for tenure. It allowed me to use articles and textbooks as my traditional scholarship by layering them over a foundation of lots of technology innovation that could be pitched as one of the main reasons for my hire. So, the argument was, the hire was for tech innovation--that is there--and on top of it, look at these books and articles" (electronic mail communication, June 12, 2007).

    Also, the original 2002 article was published in a special issue about electronic publishing. The special issue was spread across several journals, which Steve also revisits:

    I'd really like to see a list of needs from the editors of Enculturation and The Writing Instructor. If you're reading this, editors, how can we, the rhetoric and composition community, help? What needs to get done in order to get these journals going again on a regular schedule, even if it's just one issue per year?