• Composition Job Market/Career Research 20% • Approaches to Composition Research 20% • Archival Research Project 20% • Final Portfolio 20% • Class Participation and Discussion 20%
Job Market/Career Research (20%): Your first project of the semester will involve you in an analysis of the 2012-2013 composition job search. You will examine both the job postings on the MLA-JIL website and the MLA-Job Wiki for composition-rhetoric. You will also research various academic positions open to compositionists who hold MAs or PhDs in the field (community colleges, liberal arts colleges, writing centers, WAC programs, English departments, separate departments of writing). You will read research related to academic jobs in composition (both historical works and contemporary ones). For this project you will write a 4-6 page paper analyzing the job market and career prospects for compositionists.
Archival Research Project 20%: Our final project for the semester will be to initiate a study of the archives of composition by examining some historical artifacts within the context of our ongoing discussions about the field. The artifacts you choose to collect and analyze may be textbooks, journals, conference programs and/or proceedings, dissertation or theses topics, or primary source materials from a single institutional site of instruction. Your artifacts should span a significant, 5-10 year period in composition history, and your analysis will explain how these artifacts conform to, support, complicate, or confound what we know about composition theory, research, and/or practices during this time. You should write your analysis with an eye towards developing this paper into a conference presentation or a writing sample for graduate school.
Final Portfolio 20%: As the gateway course for the academic track, WRT 329 will prepare you for future studies here at OU and beyond by helping you to create your academic portfolio. This portfolio will contain a personal statement by you that introduces both the work you did in this class and how that work will shape your understanding of the field, its career and research possibilities. This portfolio will contain all of the major projects you completed in this class and any other work you believe illustrates your understanding of composition as an academic discipline.
In-Class Participation and Online Class Work 40%: Your class participation and your productive engagement in class discussions and projects is something that I expect to be able to take for granted this semester. I expect that everyone in this class will illustrate a high level of professionalism, attend classes regularly, and arrive prepared to participate. This class will introduce you to various, and sometimes complex, aspects of the composition-rhetoric discipline you are joining, so I expect informed and lively discussions; compelling classroom presentations; and thoroughly researched, well-reasoned, and well-written projects. Participation in real and online classes accounts for 20% of your grade. Failure to attend either face-to-face or online classes will result in both an absence for the course and 0s on any in-class or online assignments.
Extra Credit: Extra credit will be offered in the form of 4.0s to replace the lowest grades you have received on your weekly forum posts in Moodle. You cannot replace a 0 with a 4.0, but if you complete any of the extra credit activities below, I will replace your lowest forum grade above a 0 with a 4.0. You may complete as many of the extra credit assignments below as you are able.
Extra Credit: (one 4.0 for a low forum post) will be given to anyone who writes and submits a proposal (individual or panel) to present their research at a local/regional/state academic (undergraduate or otherwise) conference.
This semester the Department of Writing and Rhetoric will be interviewing job candidates for a tenure-line position in Professional Writing. We will bring three candidates to campus for day-long interviews, and during their interviews, each candidate will give a presentation (“job talk”) discussing their research (in most cases, research they have conducted for their dissertations). You will receive extra credit for attending any/all of these presentations and writing up a short (250-word) summary of what you learned at the talk (up to three 4.0s to replace your low forum post grades).