Sharing Our Intellectual Traces: Narrative Reflections from Administrators of Professional, Technical, and Scientific Programs

Sharing Our Intellectual Traces: Narrative Reflections from Administrators of Professional, Technical, and Scientific Programs

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Overview

Administrators of academic professional and technical communication (PTSC) programs have long relied upon lore--stories of what works--to understand and communicate about the work of program administration. Stories are interesting, telling, engaging, and necessary. But a discipline focused primarily on stories, especially the ephemeral stories narrated at conferences and deliberated at department meetings, usually suffice primarily to solve immediate problems and address day-to-day concerns and activities. This edited collection captures some of those stories and layers them with theoretical perspectives and reflection, to enhance their usefulness to the PTSC program administration community at large.

Like the ephemeral stories PTSC program administrators are accustomed to, the stories told in this volume are set within specific institutional contexts that reflect specific institutional challenges. They emphasize the intellectual traces--the debts the authors owe to those who have informed and transformed their administrative work. In so doing, this collection creates another conversation--albeit a robust, diverse, and theoretically informed one--around which program leaders might define or redefine their roles and re-envision their administrative work as the rich, complex, intellectual engagement that we find it to be.

This volume asks authors to move beyond a notion of administration as an activity based solely in institutional details and processes. In so doing, they emphasize theory as they share their reflections on core administrative processes and significant moments in the histories of their associated programs, thereby affording opportunities for critical examination in conjunction with practical advice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351864657
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/03/2016
Series: Baywood's Technical Communications
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword: Understanding the Power of Narrative in Shaping a Field
Kirk St.Amant

CHAPTER 1. Introduction: We Are the Stories We Tell
Tracy Bridgeford, Karla Saari Kitalong, and Bill Williamson

CHAPTER 2. Tracing the Intellectual Trajectories of Professional/ Technical/Scientific Communication: A Roundtable Perspective from Seven CPTSC Past Presidents
Deborah Andrews, Stephen A. Bernhardt, Kelli Cargile Cook, Jeff Grabill, Bruce Maylath, Dan Riordan, and Stuart S. Selber

CHAPTER 3. Program Assessment: A Passion and Palimpsest
Nancy W. Coppola

CHAPTER 4. Establishing an Outcomes Statement for Technical Communication
K. Alex Ilyasova and Tracy Bridgeford

CHAPTER 5. A Tale of Trust and Techne: Building Relationships and Building Programs
James M. Dubinsky

CHAPTER 6. Leaders Becoming Transformed
Meg Morgan

CHAPTER 7. The Challenges of Offering a Technical Writing Program in a 2-Year College
Ritu Raju

CHAPTER 8. Globalizing Technical Communication Programs: A Diachronic Perspective
Laurence José

CHAPTER 9. Users, Not Solutions, First: Problem-Solving for Program Administrators
M. Ann Brady and Karla Saari Kitalong

CHAPTER 10. Intersections Between a Technical Communication Program and an Engineering Department
Julie Dyke Ford

CHAPTER 11. Expertise in Professional Communication as a Catalyst of WAC/WID Administration Success
Pavel Zemliansky

CHAPTER 12: Curricular Challenges of Emphasis Degrees in Technical and Professional Communication
Lisa Meloncon

CHAPTER 13: Afterword: 40 Years of Stories from Technical Communication Program Administrators
Karla Saari Kitalong

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