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July 2021
University Press of Colorado

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Standing at the Threshold

Working through Liminality in the Composition and Rhetoric TAship
William J. Macauley Jr.
Leslie Anglesey
Brady Edwards
Kathryn M. Lambrecht
Phillip Lovas

Standing at the Threshold articulates identity and role dissonances experienced by composition and rhetoric teaching assistants and reimagines the TAship within a larger professional development process. Current researchers and scholars have not fully explored the liminality of the profession’s traditional path to credentialing. This collection reconsiders these positions and their contributions to academic careers.

These authors enrich the TA experience by supporting agency and self-efficacy, encouraging TAs to take active roles in understanding their positions and making the most of that experience. Many chapters are written by current or former TAs who are writing as a means of preparing, informing and guiding new rhet/comp TAs, encouraging them to make choices about how they want to think through and participate in their teaching work.

The first work on the market to delve deeply into the TAship itself and what it means for the larger discipline, "Standing at the Threshold" provides a rich new theorizing based in the real experiences and liminalities of teaching assistants in composition and rhetoric, approached from a productive array of perspectives.


Kathryn M. Lambrecht is assistant professor of technical communication at Arizona State University. Her work on interdisciplinary communication and education has been published in The Journal of Business and Technical Communication, The Journal of General Education and The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.