Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Department

University Advancement

Abstract

Drawing from the social movement rhetorical theory of Harold Cruse and the ethnographic theory of Clifford Geertz, Mary Louise Pratt, and Kevin Michael Foster, this article is a historiographical construction of past and a consideration of the future involvement of college writing programs and Writing Program Administrators (WPA) as potent agents of student-athlete advocacy. Through engagement in social movement and educational reform on the campus of an NCAA host institution, the author uses autoethnography to develop a fuller understanding of the successful rhetorical practices he employed (and failed to employ) in his work as a writing program administrator, educator, and advocate on the behalf ofstudent-athletes. In addition, drawing from the scholarship of Barbara Walvoord, the author defines writing program administration through the lens of social movement theory in analyzing the efforts of a writing program founded at the University of Arizona. The author completes an evaluation of the program’s impact on the social and intellectual development of student-athlete at the University of Arizona as well as its viability as a social movement on the campus.

Publication Title

Journal of English Language and Literature

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