Technological Savvy English Faculty and Invisible Institutional Service

Session B9

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Room: Guild 205

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Julia Romberger

Rochelle Rodrigo (@rrodrigo)

Old Dominion University

Writing studies faculty who “know” about various technologies are often being called upon to do service work beyond committee work. This work may have varying levels of visibility to the point of invisibility, even while such faculty may be explicitly hired for this very expertise. The 1998 CCCC Promotion and Tenure Guidelines for Work with Technology addresses these issues with suggested guidelines for counting this work for tenure and promotion; however, our study data thus far has suggested that in practice the visibility of the labor of technology work remains an issue for those faculty who are called upon to do it.

This presentation will continue the conversation on these labor issues by considering the ways in which technologically savvy writing studies faculty are involved in both the intellectual and practical work of technology use on their campuses. We will start by briefly discussing the history of increased work done by computers and writing faculty. We will encourage active discussion participation by audience members throughout the various sections of this presentation. We will then share the results of our interviews and conclude with discussion about follow up research plans.

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1. The “problem” of Techie Service: More is More


question: have we missed any contextual elements that are contributing to this “problem”?

2. Introductions

3. Titles & Types of Work/Tasks

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4. Compensation & Motivation

question: have we missed any forms of compensation, reward, and/or motivation?

5. Cultural Capital 

question: are there other types of experiences with cultural capital that are not presented?

6. Concluding Discussion/Next Steps