College Composition and Communication

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 2, December

2014 CCCC Chair's Address: The Loss of the Public
Editor's note: This is a written version of the address that Howard Tinberg gave at the CCCC Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday, March 20, 2014.I. Two Tales of IndianaLet me begin by sharing two stories set in Indiana. The first focuses...
2014 CCCC Chair's Letter
Dear Colleagues,These are momentous times for our organization and for all those who are engaged in literacy instruction. We have challenges that await us, as public and private agencies seek to transform schools and colleges. While it is true that calls...
Announcements and Calls
Search for New Editor of Teaching English in the Two-Year College: \( r i; is seek- ing a new editor of Teaching English in the Two-Year College. In May 2016, the term of the present editor, Jeff Sommers, will end. Interested persons should send a letter...
(Becoming) at Ease: A First-Year Writing Class on a Military Post
I approached the checkpoint for entering the military post, my driver's license in one hand and, in the other, a printed map of the post with directions to the building that housed the Education Center, where I had an appointment with the director of...
CCCC News
2014 CCCC Election Results: Linda Adler-Kassner, University of California, Santa Barbara, was elected to the post of Assistant Chair. She will succeed, in accordance with the CCCC Constitution and Bylaws, to the posts of Associate Chair, Chair, and Immediate...
CCCC Secretary's Report, 2013-2014
CCCC Executive Committee MeetingBoston, Massachusetts, November 25,2013The Executive Committee met at the Elynes Convention Center, with Chris Anson presiding. The following substantive motions were passed:13E.22. To accept the November 2013 Financial...
Emplacing Mobile Composing Habits: A Study of Academic Writing in Networked Social Spaces
"This semester it's been Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday," said a master's student named Kim. As we talked, she sat in a familiar location on one side of a café booth with her laptop snapped shut and a muffin stacked on a journal alongside it....
From the Editor
A Mixed Genre-Locations of Writing; (Another Beginning), Another FarewellDear Colleagues and Friends~~As you know, in the September issue we focused on questions addressing Locations of Writing. Among other questions, I asked about where we write, about...
In the Mortar, between the Bricks
Tucked in the back of the bottom file drawer is a yellowed folder labeled "From Afar," a collection of artifacts pulled off the bulletin board of our Writing Center pretty much every summer since 1995.I don't recognize the handwriting of the tutor who...
It's All Public to Me
I'm in my office reading a paper by a student who is describing his use of Twitter when I come across these lines: "It bothers me when random people that I barely know like my statuses. This is exactly why my Twitter page is on private: the thought of...
Locating Oklahoma: Critical Regionalism and Transrhetorical Analysis in the Composition Classroom
Oklahoma as an EcologyAs Marilyn Cooper establishes in "The Ecology of Writing," no one writes in isolation. Sidney I. Dobrin and Christian R. Weisser rightfully acknowledge that "Cooper's essay was central to the post-process move," insofar as she ar-...
Neon Letters: Writing of Sin City
Having grown up in Las Vegas, I am accustomed to a somewhat elevated disdain for the place. It is considered crass, ugly, and amoral. In popular culture it is a city of mobsters and burnouts and schemers. It is where Nicholas Cage went to drink himself...
On the New Orleans Writing Marathon
10:45 a.m."The Original" Maspero's, Louis and Chartres StreetsA tarot card reader snares me with his gaze as I pass between his table and the cathedral in Jackson Square."Hey gorgeous," he calls. "Are you ready for your reading?""Maybe later," is my...
Splintered Literacies
Writing and literacy are splintered worlds in Appalachia.My family resides on a ridge of woods and farmland that's been passed through the generations for 150 years. I grew up related to my closest neighbors, learning from them stories that got told...
The (Dis/Re) Locations of Composing
From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974David FlemingPittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2011Interests and Opportunities: Race, Racism, and University Writing Instruction in the Post-Civil Rights EraSteve LamosPittsburgh:...
"The Worst Part of the Dead Past": Language Attitudes, Policies, and Pedagogies at Syrian Protestant College, 1866-1902
The discipline of rhetoric and composition has emerged, and defined itself, largely within a US-based, monolingual context. As a result, it has proven dif- ficult for the discipline to consistently shift its gaze to writers, writing, and the teaching...
Where Writes Me
As I write this, I work as a full-time, non-tenure-track instructor at a two- year technical college in New York City, a position that by contract provides me office space and by a rare stroke of good fortune grants me a private office. My colleagues,...
Writing in Sacred Spaces: Tangible Practices for Understanding Intangible Spirituality
Sometimes meaningful self-sponsored literacy practices take place in un- expected locations.In early 2011, after almost one year of preparation, I began fieldwork for a multi-sited visual ethnography of Eucharistic adoration practices. For Roman Catholics,...
Writing in Transit
I'm writing this at Boston's Logan International Airport. Starbucks is on my right, with its high-pitched whir of steam in milk slowly descending along a diachronic scale. My fellow passengers make their way to the cracked and faded seats that surround...
Writing Studies
DefinitionWriting studies, also called rhetoric and composition, is an academic discipline that was formed in the second half of the twentieth century. It developed in response to new students attending college, including soldiers returning from World...
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