Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editor: Making Everyday Work Count: Research and Advocacy

Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editor: Making Everyday Work Count: Research and Advocacy

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This issue of Forum represents the work of NTT faculty in concert with more es- tablished colleagues in varied institutional and programmatic contexts. Further, it demonstrates significant research being conducted about the often invisible work of teaching, program development, and administration described as "disciplinary, emotional, and everyday" by contributors Nicole I. Caswell, Jackie Grutsch McKin- ney, and Rebecca Jackson in their study of nine new writing center directors with various levels of institutional power ("A Glimpse into the Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors"). They seek to understand work with "a more inclusive set of questions about writing center labor: 'Who is doing the work of directing writing centers?' 'What work do new writing center directors perform?'"

Each of the essays describes work that goes above and beyond job titles, job descriptions, and institutional affiliations. Christopher Ervin's essay, "Non-Tenure- Eligible Writing Center Directors and Successful Mentoring of Undergraduate Peer Writing Tutor Researchers" describes his research on the extent to which "some NTE directors are actively and successfully engaging peer writing tutors in produc- tive research about writing center practice, student writing, and writing instruction."

The work we all do daily, weekly, or over the course of a semester or year sustains our programs and centers in spite of labor conditions. …

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