“For this additional burden we had no additional help”: First-year composition and writing program administration at Iowa State from 1869 to 1939

dc.contributor.advisor Mackiewicz, Jo
dc.contributor.advisor Anders, Abram
dc.contributor.advisor Aune, Jeanine
dc.contributor.advisor Huffman, Sarah
dc.contributor.advisor Rood, Craig
dc.contributor.author Payton, Colin
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2023-09-18T20:17:07Z
dc.date.available 2023-09-18T20:17:07Z
dc.date.issued 2023-08
dc.date.updated 2023-09-18T20:17:07Z
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is a history of Iowa State University’s composition program from 1869 to 1939, including its origins in the idea of the land-grant college. Unlike many histories of composition and rhetoric, instead of exclusively tracing the rhetorical theories that influenced the composition curricula, this history also investigates the political pressures imposed upon the English department due to Iowa’s land-grant politics, as well as the writing program administrators’ (WPA) adaptations to these external influences. I found repeated examples of the land-grant college mission, which was itself a hotly contested ideal, wielded by various interest groups to either protect or to attack the composition curriculum. External influences, however, did not pour unmitigated into the first-year composition (FYC) program. Emerging from this investigation was the importance the WPA as a mitigator of external influences, including their cultivation of new pedagogies, curricular designs, and faculty labor rights. To accomplish this uncommon historical perspective taking, I developed three methodological heuristics that guided my investigation: (1) centering the institution’s influence on a composition program’s history, (2) observing the program’s changes over time and across administrations, and (3) focusing on WPAs and the transitions between their administrations. These methodologies allow this history to rejoin composition’s larger narratives, especially conversations about how ideologies enter the composition program and the origins of writing program administration.
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dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-2333-5730
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/gwW7Nl9w
dc.language.iso en
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.subject.disciplines Rhetoric and Composition en_US
dc.subject.keywords Composition history en_US
dc.subject.keywords first-year composition en_US
dc.subject.keywords Land-grant colleges en_US
dc.subject.keywords Writing Program Administration en_US
dc.title “For this additional burden we had no additional help”: First-year composition and writing program administration at Iowa State from 1869 to 1939
dc.type article en_US
dc.type.genre dissertation en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication
thesis.degree.discipline Rhetoric and Composition en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Iowa State University en_US
thesis.degree.level dissertation $
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
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