“This Erstwhile Unreadable Text”: Multidisciplinarity and First-Year Writing Faculty Teaching Mentoring and Support

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2014-01

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Despite the otherwise rich multidisciplinary terrain of writing studies, the strategies most often used with first-year writing teacher teaching mentoring and support tend to remain discordantly anchored to a comparatively narrow version of writing pedagogy. I argue in this article that infusing a multidisciplinary dimension into first-year writing faculty teaching mentoring and support will enrich the ways faculty and students think, write, and talk about first-year writing. This article provides specific strategies for infusing multidisciplinary dimensions into first-year writing faculty teaching mentoring and support. Such a move is vital across nearly all contexts of first-year writing, not only where first-year writing has overtly multidisciplinary features, but also where first-year writing exists more firmly in English departments.

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Denise K. Comer

Professor of the Practice of Thompson Writing Program

Denise Comer's research interests include composition, nineteenth-century British literature, travel writing, and women's studies. Her current scholarship focuses on issues of the profession in composition and rhetoric, as well as Romantic and Victorian British women's travel writing in India.


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