Writing

Writing teachers talk teaching students about 'white privilege' at composition instructors' meeting

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Writing instructors at Conference on College Composition and Communication talk about teaching about racism and white privilege -- and the political and career risks they face for doing so.

Arizona State U. backs down from some details of a controversial plan for writing instructors

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Arizona State, facing criticism, agrees to pay more to some composition instructors assigned extra sections. But the university refuses to back down on courseloads that violate disciplinary standards.

Arizona State tells non-tenure-track writing instructors to teach an extra course each semester

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Arizona State tells non-tenure-track English instructors to shift from 4-4 to 5-5 course load, without increase in compensation and in violation of professional codes on how many writing students one can effectively teach.

Composition instructors report uptick in intentional use of single-quotation marks

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Love it or hate it, composition professors report seeing an uptick in students' intentional use of single quotation marks outside their traditional context. 

Study examines professors' writing assignments for students

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National study examines the nature of assignments -- and finds many of them lacking in creativity.

Writing professors question plagiarism detection software

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Writing professors issue warning about plagiarism detection software.

Professors at odds on machine-graded essays

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Prominent writing instructor challenges a much-discussed study that found machines can grade student writing about as well as humans.

Student suspended after he writes of affection for professor

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Was Oakland U. right to suspend a student after he revealed in his class writing journal that he finds his instructor attractive?

Adjunct writing instructors advocate for a new kind of activism at annual meeting

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Adjunct writing instructors argue that current activism focuses too much on what adjuncts lack, rather than what they bring to the composition classroom.

At Southern Vermont College, a chance for students to self-publish

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A Vermont college's new curricular venture enables students to self-publish books -- a project officials hope will aid a largely first-generation student body and give humanities students a "deliverable" for the future.

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