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Lecturers in First-Year Composition, Business, and/or Technical Communication

Lecturer – College-Level Communication CoursesIowa State University

Iowa State University is seeking Lecturers for the English Department. Lecturers will teach one, two, or three classes per semester in First-Year Composition, Business Communication, and/or Technical Communication. Attendance at orientation, some staff meetings, workshops, or forums is required, as well as a commitment to programmatic goals and objectives of curriculum.


Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing 2008 Announcement and CFP

The Department of English at Iowa State University is pleased to host the Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing conference, November 7-8, 2008, and especially pleased to welcome Kathleen Blake Yancey as our keynote speaker.

We are eager to receive proposals on a wide range of topics related to our theme of Multimodal Communication Pedagogies. Our online information and submission process is at The deadline for submission of proposals is September 20, 2008.

Question about WPA courses from Barb Blakely (Iowa State University)

I am the Director of ISUComm Foundation Courses at Iowa State University and as part of that position, want to revive a course we used to have on the books for advanced PhD students: "Organization and Administration of Writing Programs." My goal is not only to prepare, via theory, our PhD students in RPC for possible future work in writing programs, but also to allow them to assist, via a practicum, with the many duties both the Director of Advanced Communication and I have in our large writing programs.