Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition 2019

On behalf of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition, I invite you to attend our annual meeting at the CCCCs:

Wednesday, March 13, 1:30-4:00 p.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Rm. 309

We hope you will join us and share this invitation with faculty colleagues and graduate students; we also hope you will plan to send a representative from your program to attend.

This year’s Consortium meeting will feature a discussion of ways doctoral programs can prepare graduate students for alt ac careers. Featured presenter will be Christina LaVecchia, qualitative research fellow at Mayo Clinic in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, with additional remarks provided by Angela Harrison (via video) regarding her alt ac experience. I’ll be sharing recent findings from my annual survey of job seekers in Rhet/Comp as well as resources gleaned from doctoral programs that support preparation for nonacademic careers. After these brief presentations, we’ll discuss ways both individual programs and we as a Consortium can better prepare doctoral students for an increasingly competitive job market. 

After our discussion, we’ll hold a brief business meeting during which we will take nominations for Assistant Chair, whose responsibilities will begin after CCCC 2020. Self-nominations are welcome! If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in running for Assistant Chair (who serves two years as Assistant Chair, two years as Associate Chair, and two years as Chair), please let me know at c.leverenz@tcu.edu .

Finally, please note that the Consortium is sponsoring session F.17, “Doctoral Student Talk Back: Students Present Themselves to The Field” Friday morning from 8-9:15 in Rm. 319. A wide variety of graduate students will share what they most want us to know about their experiences in our graduate programs.

Thanks so much. We look forward to seeing you at these sessions.
Carrie Leverenz, CDPRC Chair
Professor of English and Director of Composition
TCU

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2018 CCCC Doctoral Consortium Agenda

Conference on College Composition and Communication

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Trianon E

1:30-4:00 p.m.

 

1:30-1:40         Welcome and Introductions

1:40-2:40         Program: Panel Presentation and Discussion

 CCCC Doctoral Consortium Presentation 2018 “Field Notes of the Profession: Where Are We Going and How Can Our Doctoral Programs Help Us Get There?”

Carrie Leverenz, Incoming Chair, will present the results of the Consortium’s efforts to update profiles of PhD Programs. Using Rhetoric Review’s last published survey (2007) of doctoral programs as a benchmark, she’ll explore how our programs have changed over the last 10 years and how they might need to change in the future. Attendees will be invited to share how their own PhD programs have changed and what factors we need to consider as we contemplate future changes.

Bio

Carrie Leverenz is Professor in the English Department at Texas University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and rhetoric and work with TCU’s New Media Writing Studio to support multimodal composing across the university. Her research interests include writing program administration, writing and difference, and technology and literacy. Recently, I’ve been exploring how design theory and practice might inform the teaching of writing. I’ve also been considering how to reclaim writing about teaching as a valid knowledge-making strategy in rhetoric and composition. She also is incoming Chair of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition.

2:40-3:00         Break

3:00-4:00         Business Meeting

 Reminder: E.04 Examining Doctoral-Level Writing, Friday, 8:00-9:15am, Kansas City Convention Center: 3501 G

This panel examines doctoral-level writing both within rhetoric and composition and across the disciplines.

Chair: Kevin DePew, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Speakers: Daniel Bommarito, Bowling Green State University, OH, “Lessons from Multilingual Students in US English Doctoral Programs”

Michelle Cox, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, “Toward the Consortium on

Graduate Communication (CGC)”

Sara Wilder, University of Maryland, College Park, “Learning from Multidisciplinary Writing Groups”

Also, D.06 Fostering Student Diversity in MA Programs in R/C and

Writing Studies, Thursday, 4:45-6:00 pm, Kansas City Convention Center: 3501 F

Sponsored by the Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies

Specialists

This panel connects student diversity, institutional rhetoric, identity,community, and professionalization in writing studies MA programs.

Speakers: Cassie Book, University of Louisville & Old Dominion

University, Louisville, KY, “The Impact of Writing Center Work on

Masters-Level Writing Consultants”

Temptaous T. McKoy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,

“Diversifying Graduate Programs through Recruitment Initiatives ‘On

the Ground’ at HBCUs and Other Minority-Serving Institutions”

Cecilia Shelton, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, “Toward

Inclusion: Disrupting the Stupor of Diversity”

Elijah Simmons, Michigan State University, East Lansing, “Difference”

Ja’La Wourman, Michigan State University, East Lansing, “Difference”

Brief reports

  • Transfer of Leadership: Amy C. Kimme Hea
  • Treasury Updates: Amy C. Kimme Hea
  • Call for Nominations for Members at Large: Amy C. Kimme Hea
  • Theme for 2019 Consortium Meeting and CCCC Panel: Carrie Leverenz
  • Other Agenda Items from the Floor
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2017 CCCC Doctoral Consortium Agenda

Agenda for Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Oregon Convention Center D131 l 1:30-5:00

1:30 – 1:40 Welcome and Introductions

1:40 – 3:40 Program: Panel Presentation and Discussion

• Malea Powell, Michigan State University
“Running the Numbers: Creating & Sustaining Diverse & Inclusive Programs”

I’ll use our programs most recent metrics — all quite good in traditional categories — to unpack the how, why, what, and at what cost contexts behind the numbers, mapping what kinds of human-driven practices and sustainable institutional structures provide the fuel that literally “runs” them while also maintaining a high level of diversity of student experiences and interests in a doctoral program. Ultimately, I’ll offer some data-driven arguments for the kinds of institutional, faculty, and graduate student attitudes habits that have to shift in order to maintain high performance numbers and sustain diversity inside such a program.

• David M. Rieder, North Carolina State University
“Strengths and Weaknesses of Numerate Thinking in an Interdisciplinary Program”

The Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media PhD program is an interdisciplinary program co-run by faculty in the departments of Communication and English at NC State University. On the English side, the program both supports programs (with TAs and RAs) and trains students in Rhet/Comp, WPA, and Technical and Professional Writing. In addition to these areas, the program supports and trains students in areas that are wide-ranging, from PR and Cultural Studies in COM to media studies, digital humanities, and linguistics in ENG. In our program, data is an essential means to several important ends, but, as an administrator, I’ve noticed a few constraints to numerate thinking. In an interdisciplinary context, the roles that data play do not always conform to conventional ends or expectations. In my presentation to the Consortium, I will focus on the following three areas: 1) the need to develop a nuanced approach to data due to interdisciplinary differences, 2) the representational limits of data with international recruitment, 3) the positive effects of data in strategic planning in an interdisciplinary context.

• Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan
“Data, Big and Small”

o Big Data gets lots of air time, but what kinds of data do writing programs need? What are the best sources of data? And how can data be used most effectively? This presentation will take up these questions by considering the challenges of collecting data, the ways it can be used to shape material conditions, and the inherent limitations of data. This presentation will also provide time to solicit suggestions on ways that the MLA (which has devoted considerable resources to collecting and circulating data) might help address the data needs of colleagues in writing programs and other areas of writing studies.

Q&A and Discussion about “What are the types of Data PhD Programs Need?”

4:00 – 5:00 Business Meeting
Reminder: Please plan to attend the Doctoral Consortium in Rhetoric and Composition’s sponsored session, “Precarious Positions: Research Praxis and Knowledge Making across Contexts,” on Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10:30 – 11:45, F149 with Dr. Aimee C. Mapes (University of Arizona), Karen Lunsford (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Kenneth Walker (University of Texas, San Antonio).

Brief reports
o Updates about Website and Listserv: Amy C. Kimme Hea
o Treasury Updates: Amy C. Kimme Hea
o Letter about Data Storage: Kevin DePew
o Call for Nominations for Incoming Assistant Chair: Amy C. Kimme Hea
• Theme for 2018 Consortium Meeting and CCCC Panel: Carrie Leverenz
• Other Agenda Items from the Floor

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2016 CCCC Doctoral Consortium Agenda

Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition

Agenda for Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Conference on College Composition and Communication

GRB Convention Center, Room 351B, Level Three

 1:30 – 1:40      Welcome and Introductions

1:40 – 3:40      Program: Panel Presentation and Discussion

  • Kevin Eric DePew, Old Dominion University

“Meeting Our Students Where They Are At”

  • Tyler Branson, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Doing What We Know How To Do, Only Better: Investigating the Rhet/Comp Graduate Curriculum in the Age of ‘Adjunctification’”

  • Rebekah Shultz Colby and Richard Colby, University of Denver

“Advice for Succeeding as an Academic Couple within a Writing Program with Teaching Tenure”

“The Best Job You Never Knew You Wanted”

  • Susan Naomi Bernstein, Mark A. Hannah, Dawn Opel, Shirley Rose, Arizona State University

“Preparation for 21st-Century Knowledge Enterprises: Alternatives for ASU Graduate Students”

4:00 – 5:00      Business Meeting

  • Brief reports
  • Archival Updates: Kris Blair
  • Assessment Planning: Carrie Leverenz
  • Treasury Updates: Kris Blair
  • Reports: TBA
  • Consortium Leadership Transition: Kris Blair, Amy Kimme Hea
  • At-Large Member Nominations/Elections Process: In even-numbered years, elections take place after CCCC for two At-Large members
  • Theme for 2017 Consortium Meeting and CCCC Panel
  • Other Agenda Items from the Floor
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2016 CCCC Doctoral Consortium Meeting

The Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition invites you to attend our annual session and open business meeting at the CCCCs in Houston:

Wednesday, April 6, 1:30-5:00 p.m., ROOM TBA

We hope you will join us and share this invitation with faculty colleagues and graduate students!

Our session begins with a rich variety of speakers on the general topic of preparation for diverse career paths:

1. Kevin Eric DePew, Old Dominion University

“Meeting Our Students Where They Are At”

Old Dominion University’s online English PhD has attracted students who already have careers below the tenure-track level at four-year and two-year institutions. Many students come to this interdisciplinary program seeking guidance to intellectualize the work they are already doing in the classroom. While many students’ goals are not tenure-track positions at four-year institutions, they also want to learn how to contribute to various scholarly conversations in writing studies, literary studies, and/or the digital humanities. After describing the relatively new program, Kevin will explain how its design has been increasingly responding to constituent needs.

Bio: Kevin Eric DePew has been the graduate program director of the English PhD at Old Dominion University’s (OWI) for five years. This unique doctoral program brings students around the nation together in online synchronous video seminars. He has also co-edited Foundational Practices of Online Writing Instruction with Beth Hewett and is co-designing the OWI infrastructure for ODU’s English Composition program with Mary Beth Pennington. Kevin will be assuming the position of Assistant Chair of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition this year.

2. Tyler Branson, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Doing What We Know How To Do, Only Better: Investigating the Rhet/Comp Graduate Curriculum in the Age of ‘Adjunctification’”

In this talk I reflect briefly on my experiences on the 2015 academic job market in Rhetoric and Composition. Having secured a desirable non tenure track position with job security and competitive benefits, one might presume I have unique insight into how the field can revise graduate programs to prepare more students for multiple, flexible career paths. However, I suggest that one possible approach is not necessarily to deemphasize the allure of the tenure track, but to reemphasize the qualities of a valuable graduate education in rhetoric and composition, which include intensive mentorship, hands-on experiences, and space for meaningful collaboration.

Bio: Tyler Branson applied to over 100 jobs in 2015. He is currently a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he teaches lower- and upper-division courses in writing and rhetoric, including first-year writing, writing for public discourse, and writing for business and administration. His research focuses primarily on the practice of rhetoric and writing in public contexts. He has related interests in civic engagement, histories of rhetoric and composition, and writing pedagogy. He is currently working on a book project focusing on the role of what he calls problematic partnerships in the field of Writing Studies.

3a. Rebekah Shultz Colby, University of Denver

“Advice for Succeeding as an Academic Couple within a Writing Program with Teaching Tenure”

I offer advice to graduate students in rhetoric and composition for succeeding within a writing program with lecture or teaching tenure positions. I advise them to treat the position like a tenure track with some key differences: actively pursue an individual research agenda but do it in a way that also promotes the program, be able to work effectively with faculty from diverse educational backgrounds, be prepared to do campus outreach, and, last but not least, work to make the position and program align with larger goals within the field of rhetoric and composition as a whole. Finally, I offer advice for negotiating spousal hires and working productively as an academic couple.

Bio: Rebekah Shultz Colby teaches in the University of Denver Writing Program where she teaches courses that use games to teach rhetoric and disciplinary writing. She co-edited the collection Rhetoric/Composition/Play through Video Games and a special issue of the journal Computers and Composition Online on gaming and composition. Also with Richard Colby, she co-authored an article about using World of Warcraft to teach disciplinary research writing for Computers and Composition and has written an article about how gaming pedagogy impacts female students for Computers and Composition Online.

3b. Richard Colby, University of Denver

“The Best Job You Never Knew You Wanted”

Richard Colby will offer a brief overview of the post-tenure world and navigating the profession as an academic couple. He will discuss how non-tenure-track positions in composition can help the field as a whole as they refocus research and pedagogical attention on undergraduate writing, but in so doing, ask us to reconsider how we prepare graduate students for the field. Colby will also discuss the pitfalls of such positions such as the morass of service expectations and the lack of research incentives. He will end with recommendations including a new graduate course in service related work.

Bio: Richard Colby teaches in and is the Assistant Director of the award winning University of Denver Writing Program. He co-edited the collection Rhetoric/Composition/Play through Video Games and a special issue of the journal Computers and Composition Online on gaming and composition. His work on using games in teaching has been published in Computers and Composition and Computers and Composition Online. He teaches courses on the rhetoric of games and disciplinary research.

4a. Susan Naomi Bernstein, Arizona State University
4b. Mark A. Hannah, Arizona State University
4c. Dawn Opel, ASU Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. 2015
4d. Shirley Rose, Arizona State University

“Preparation for 21st-Century Knowledge Enterprises: Alternatives for ASU Graduate Students”

Arizona State University offers PhD students preparation for work in a variety of 21st Century knowledge-making enterprises. Our presentation addresses support for a wide range of post-graduate aspirations, including 1) a practicum in teaching basic writing that prepares students for teaching in community colleges and literacy programs, and practica in teaching professional writing and second language writing; 2) options for dissertations besides the traditional long monograph 3) workshops on “Alt-Ac” careers that introduce alternatives to traditional tenure-track careers. We discuss resulting challenges to usual practices of recruiting students, designing coursework, and measuring progress toward the degree.

Bios:
Susan Naomi Bernstein is a Lecturer and Co-Coordinator of the Stretch Writing Program in ASU Writing Programs in the Department of English on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. She teaches at an American Indian Community in central Arizona, as well as the Teaching Basic Writing Practicum and Stretch courses at Tempe campus. Her most recent publication is “Occupy Basic Writing: Pedagogy in the Wake of Austerity” in Nancy Welch and Tony Scott’s recently published collection, Composition in the Age of Austerity. She has published four editions of Teaching Developmental Writing (Bedford St. Martin’s Professional Resources) and is a regular contributor on basic writing issues for the Bedford Bits blog.

Mark A. Hannah is an Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University. Along with undergraduate professional writing courses, he teaches a graduate course in the theory of professional writing and a practicum in teaching professional writing. Currently, he is a co-investigator on two National Science Foundation grants, Cross-disciplinary Education in Social & Ethical Aspects of Nanotechnology and The Dynamics of Earth System Oxygenation. His recent publications have appeared in College Composition and Communication, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Business Communication, Connexions International Professional Communication Journal, and chapters in edited collections.

Dawn Opel earned her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics at Arizona State University in 2015. Her dissertation is a medical and digital humanities project on the design of the technical communication of the home pregnancy test in the United States. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in computational humanities and data science with the Institute for Humanities Research Nexus Lab and Computational Innovation Group at Arizona State University.

Shirley Rose is Professor of English and Director of ASU Writing Programs. She regularly teaches graduate courses in Writing Program Administration and Archival Research Methods. Her publications include three collections on writing program administration research and theory, co-edited with Irwin Weiser, and numerous articles and chapters on writing teacher preparation and issues in the professionalization of graduate students in rhetoric and composition. She is Director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.

In addition, the Consortium also has a sponsored session on the general program. This session is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, from 12:15-1:30 p.m., and is titled “Enacting Career Diversity in Rhetoric and Composition: Different Pathways for a Professional Life with a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition.” The session features Anita Furtner Archer from Raytheon, Joanna Schmidt from Texas Christian University, Ruijie Zhao from Parkland College, and Amy Kimme Hea from the University of Arizona as respondent.

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Consortium Meeting Panel Presentations Available

The presentations from our CCCCs Consortium Meeting are available, in case you weren’t able to attend or wanted to review the data from our three presenters:

  • Benjamin Miller, CUNY Graduate Center
    Title: “Beyond Elevator Stories: Scaling Up Our Knowledge of Comp/Rhet Dissertations”  
    Link to Presentation
  • Carrie Leverenz, Texas Christian University
    Title: “Telling It Like It Is, But How Is It?: The Job Market for Rhet/Comp PhDs”
    Link to Presentation
    Link to Notes
  • Jim Ridolfo, University of Kentucky
    Title: “Lessons from Rhetmap: Mapping the Rhetoric and Composition Job Market from 2012-2015”
    Link to Presentation
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2015 Consortium Meeting Agenda

Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition
Agenda for Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Convention Center, Tampa CC, Room 16, First Floor

1:30 – 1:45 Welcome and Introductions

1:45 – 3:30 Program: Panel Presentation and Breakout Session

  • Benjamin Miller, CUNY Graduate Center
    Title: “Beyond Elevator Stories: Scaling Up Our Knowledge of Comp/Rhet Dissertations”
  • Carrie Leverenz, Texas Christian University
    Title: “Telling It Like It Is, But How Is It?: The Job Market for Rhet/Comp PhDs”
  • Jim Ridolfo, University of Kentucky
    Title: “Lessons from Rhetmap: Mapping the Rhetoric and Composition Job Market from 2012-2015”

3:45 – 5:00 Business Meeting

Brief reports

  1. Website and Listserv Migration: Kris Blair/Craig Olsen
  • Treasury Updates: Kris Blair for Helen Foster
  • Visibility Project Liaison: Louise Phelps
  • Archival Planning: Kris Blair for Janice Lauer
  • Assistant Chair Nominations/Elections Process: In odd-numbered years, elections take place after CCCC for the position of Assistant Chair
  • Other Executive Committee Vacancies for 2015
  •  Future Assessment Initiatives
  • Theme for 2016 Consortium Meeting and CCCC Panel
  • New Business/Other Agenda Items
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