Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editorial Board: Contingency and Online Writing Instruction

Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editorial Board: Contingency and Online Writing Instruction

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The adjunct we once termed a "freeway flyer" or "gypsy academic" has morphed in the face of online education to become a course management software wizard or online platform guru. In the past, being contingent faculty involved driving long distances from one campus to another, but now, with the rise of online education, we have entered a new age of contingency with faculty who surf from one course management platform to another. This rise in online education has created new opportunities and new challenges for contingent faculty and writing instruction. From my own vantage point, first as more of a "freeway flyer" adjuncting and tutoring at three different institutions, then as a graduate instructor teaching classes in various departments across campus and online, and now as remote full-time staff in an online writing center, I have seen how much the online environment affects the experience of contingency.

The field of rhetoric and composition has responded pedagogically to the rise of online education, with many years of CCCC programs that included sessions on online writing instruction. CCCC has also published position statements like "A Position Statement of Principles and Example Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction." While there is still more work to do pedagogically, there is certainly more work to be done with regard to the working conditions of online contingent faculty. …

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