Directing first-year writing: The new limits of authority

Shirley Rose, Lisa S. Mastrangelo, Barbara L'Eplattenier

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This essay revisits and expands on Gary A. Olson and Joseph M. Moxley's 1989 article "Directing Freshman Composition: The Limits of Authority" by looking at revised notions of writing program administrators' work and authority in 2012. Whereas the original essay surveyed only department chairs, our study includes data from both department chairs and directors of first-year writing to explore issues of authority. The essay complicates Olson and Moxley's notion of authority, distinguishing among power, authority, and influence, and examining how they inflect the work of directors of first year writing. In addition, common assumptions about the connections between WPAs' tenure status and authority are re-examined in light of survey results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-66
Number of pages24
JournalCollege Composition and Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics

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Rose, S., Mastrangelo, L. S., & L'Eplattenier, B. (2013). Directing first-year writing: The new limits of authority. College Composition and Communication, 65(1), 43-66.