September 19, 2007

On Being a Boss Compositionist

Filed under: WPA,writing — jrice @ 8:26 am
  • We become one as soon as we accept the position.
  • Hiring practices are understood as no more important than asking someone to take a position in the stock room.
  • Agency befuddles us. Someone, somewhere is responsible. For some reason, it’s not us.
  • Our sense of management would run a company into the ground tomorrow.
  • The requirement for first year writing, which, in turn, becomes the requirement for first year writing teachers, is mostly a revenue source.
  • As managers, we don’ t even get a piece of that revenue pie. That not only makes us boss compositionists, but bad boss compositionists.
  • The guilt extends outward from the bosses as well: In general, in English Departments, when it comes to adjunct teaching, we eat our own.


  1. When I started reading this post, I just thought you meant you were a totally boss comp scholar.

    But now I see my error.

    Comment by Michael — September 19, 2007 @ 10:06 am

  2. Boss Compositionist was James Sledd’s polemic against WPA work.

    Comment by jrice — September 19, 2007 @ 10:21 am

  3. Totally unrelated to this discussion…a while ago you posted about attempting to overload facebook. Try adding Pandora.

    Comment by jargoncomputer — September 20, 2007 @ 11:21 am

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