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Earlier this month, the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) premiered their Labor Resource Center. The site provides an amazing array of resources on labor equity and equality for both those working with and in writing programs and those researching writing programs.
Housed on Colorado State’s Center for the Study of Academic Labor website, the collection of resources grew from ideas exchanged at a pre-conference institute at the CWPA conference in 2013. Now, five years later, the newly launched center provides artifacts and materials that focus on the labor issues most relevant to writing program administration.
The Labor Resource Center includes example documents and guidelines that can help answer questions such as:
- What is typically included in a job description for a director of first year composition?
- What should I pay attention to if I am writing a self-evaluation of my work as a faculty member?
- What examples are available for student evaluation of teaching?
- What should a candidate keep in mind during a job interview? What should a search committee consider?
- What position statements address working conditions?
- What databases are useful for research on writing instruction and academic labor?
- What should I read if I want to learn more about working conditions for composition faculty?
As the site explains on its home page, it is “(Always) In progress.” Its Forthcoming Pages/Projects link indicates that the site will ultimately include additional materials including an FAQ page, details on job negotiation, sample contracts, and research on class size.
Whether you are a newcomer to teaching in the composition classroom or an experienced administrator, you will find relevant resources on the CSAL website. I encourage you to visit and explore the already rich collection. If you have suggestions for materials to add to the collection, you can email Seth Kahn, who serves as the chair of the CWPA Labor Committee and is the primary administrator for the site.
Image credit: Word Cloud from the CWPA Labor Resource Center by Traci Gardner, on Flickr, used under a CC-BY-SA 2.0 license.
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