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Cover of Transformations by Kirsti Cole
December 2021
Utah State University Press

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Change Work Across Writing Programs, Pedagogies, and Practices
Edited by: 
Holly Hassel
Kirsti Cole

As teaching practices adapt to changing technologies, budgetary constraints, new student populations and changing employment practices, writing programs remain full of people dedicated to helping students improve their writing. This edited volume offers strategies for implementing large- and small-scale changes in writing programs by focusing on transformations ­— the institutional, programmatic, curricular and labor practices that work together to shape our teaching and learning experiences of writing and rhetoric in higher education.

The collection includes chapters from multiple award-winning writing programs, including the recipients of the Two-Year College Association’s Outstanding Programs in English Award and the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. These authors offer perspectives that demonstrate the deep work of transformation in writing programs and practices writ large, confirm the ways in which writing programs are connected to and situated within larger institutional and disciplinary contexts, and outline successful methods for navigating these contexts in order to transform the work.

In using the prism of transformation as the organizing principle for the collection, "Transformations" offers a range of strategies for adapting writing programs so that they meet the needs of students and teachers in service of creating equitable, ethical literacy instruction in a range of postsecondary contexts.


Kirsti Cole graduated with a PhD in English from Arizona State University in 2008.

Praise for this book

“Hassel and Cole’s work engages a timely research trend that reinvestigates the institutional place of writing and writing program administration within the larger university landscape, exploring both local and national implications. Readers will appreciate the tangible takeaways that the collection provides.”

Bre Garrett
University of West Florida