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Siegel Finer Points Out Need for Transparency in Writing Program Administration

Bryna Siegel Finer of the Department of English presented her paper, “Opening our File Drawers,” in Indianapolis at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication, the largest conference in the field of Writing Studies.

In this presentation, Siegel Finer pointed to the need for more Writing Program administration transparency: open access to Writing Program administrators’ documents, including budgets, program proposals, curriculum initiatives, assessment protocols, hiring rationales, job descriptions, and other materials that allow WPAs to create and sustain writing programs. Searchable access to this information would open up multiple possibilities and opportunities, including conversations among disciplines in the university and conversations across universities, more investment in writing programs among university stakeholders (including students), and enhanced teaching assistant training.

Live Twitter feed of the panel can be found by searching hashtags #4C14 and #N18.

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