Resistance is Not Futile

Guiding Writing Programs through Turbulent Times

Authors

  • Randall McClure Georgia Southern University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v4i1.121

Keywords:

writing program administration, educational leadership, community engagement, online programs

Abstract

In this essay, I suggest ways in which postsecondary writing programs may respond to the effects of the current economic recession. Relying on shape as a metaphor, I offer strategies for writing programs to survive the recession and to be better insulated from future economic downturns.

Author Biography

Randall McClure, Georgia Southern University

Randall McClure earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include writing program administration, teaching writing online, and information literacy. He has published recently in Composition Studies, WPA: Writing Program Administration, portal: Libraries and the Academy, Computers and Composition Online, and The Department Chair.

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Published

2012-07-02

How to Cite

McClure, R. (2012). Resistance is Not Futile: Guiding Writing Programs through Turbulent Times. Writing & Pedagogy, 4(1), 121-134. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v4i1.121

Issue

Section

Reflections on Practice