Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA

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Preforming Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies




"This book posits definitions, tactics, and consequences of feminist administration. Inspired by tensions that arise between feminist beliefs and administrative imperatives, contributors write from their locations as WPAs, Graduate WPAs, Writing Center Directors, WAC Directors, Chairs, and Journal Editors, and also from their locations as graduate students, adjunct faculty, and assistant, associate and full professors. From these differing locations, contributors identify issues of concern for feminist administrators, share stories of their own successes and failures, theorize these experiences in light of feminist thought and practice, and offer pragmatic recommendations to readers. Because contributors do not all agree, the 14 chapters challenge one another as well as readers. Together these chapters forward three claims: (1) gendered issues still exist within rhetoric and composition studies, (2) the models in this collection may be adapted by readers for their own situations, and (3) the dominant trope for performing feminist administration is oxymoron, the ability to keep two conflicting ideas in one's head at the same time and engage that conflict as a springboard for productive feminist action."--Publisher's website.