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What Is a Composition and Rhetoric Doctorate?

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Data show stability in number of programs and enrollments, but continued shifts in what programs are called, reflecting tensions within the field over its role and whether it is a single field.

Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism

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To many writing instructors, going nuclear (expulsion threats) or high tech (detection software) have failed to stop cheating. So they aim for small victories, through new approaches to teaching about academic integrity.

Scars in the Classroom

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A new book focuses on students who cut themselves -- and write about it for English class.

A Defining Election

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No, not that one: Members of an association of literary scholars are sparring over the choice of a new vice president, saying the group's future ability to shape their discipline is at stake.

On Texts, Tech and Teens

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Students in high school distinguish between "real" writing -- which they view as important to success -- and online communication, study from the College Board and Pew finds.

Voltaire Wasn't Cut Out to Be an Iowa State TA

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At the best of all possible universities, teaching assistants feel appreciated by their superiors and cherish all of their students, and everyone works in harmony. Not, apparently, at Iowa State University.

Buying Its Way Onto the Program?

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Turnitin.com wants to pay for instructors to apply to present at scholarly meetings -- and talk about how successful its services are.

English for Graduate Students

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Going beyond TOEFL, U. of Alabama at Birmingham tests international graduate students on their ability to perform high-level academic work in English.

Early Decision -- for Faculty Jobs

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In humanities fields where interviews typically take place in December and January, some departments are moving up the deadlines, winnowing and hiring.

College Bans Nietzsche Quote on Prof's Door

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"God is dead." That phrase, from Friedrich Nietzsche's The Gay Science, is among the philosopher's most well known -- and most hotly debated.

At Temple College, a community college in Texas, the words in the original German -- Gott ist tot -- have been barred from a professor's office door. While the college says that to leave the phrase up would offend others and constitute and endorsement of the phrase, the professor and others see a double standard in place, and a violation of academic freedom.

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