Transnational Writing Program Administration
Transnational Writing Program Administration
Edited by David S. Martins
6x9, est 304 pages
published: 2014

ISBN 978-0-87421-961-6
paper $29.95s (August 2014)

ISBN 978-0-87421-962-3
e-book $24.00 (August 2014)

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David S. Martins is associate professor and writing program administrator at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Transnational Writing Program Administration

Edited by David S. Martins

[For me] as a department chair and former program administrator, the book captures both worries and goals I had in making my own university's programs more global . . . the book nicely captures the 'wake up' spirit of our need to change composition to better meet the needs of our students, both in the United States and abroad.
—Gian Pagnucci, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

While local conditions remain at the forefront of writing program administration, transnational activities are slowly and thoroughly shifting the questions we ask about writing curricula, the space and place in which writing happens, and the cultural and linguistic issues at the heart of the relationships forged in literacy work. Transnational Writing Program Administration challenges taken-for-granted assumptions regarding program identity, curriculum and pedagogical effectiveness, logistics and quality assurance, faculty and student demographics, innovative partnerships and research, and the infrastructure needed to support writing instruction in higher education.

Well-known scholars and new voices in the field extend the theoretical underpinnings of writing program administration to consider programs, activities, and institutions involving students and faculty from two or more countries working together and highlight the situated practices of such efforts. The collection brings translingual graduate students at the forefront of writing studies together with established administrators, teachers, and researchers and intends to enrich the efforts of WPAs by examining the practices and theories that impact our ability to conceive of writing program administration as transnational.

This collection will enable writing program administrators to take the emerging locations of writing instruction seriously, to address the role of language difference in writing, and to engage critically with the key notions and approaches to writing program administration that reveal its transnationality.