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Slender Man Is Coming

Creepypasta and Contemporary Legends on the Internet

Utah State University Press

An unprecedented folkloric take on Slender Man, analyzing him within the framework of contemporary legend studies, “creepypastas,” folk belief, and children’s culture.

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Teaching Professional and Technical Communication

A Practicum in a Book

Utah State University Press

The essays in this volume provide theoretical and applied discussions about the teaching of professional and technical communication.

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Rhetor Response

A Theory and Practice of Literary Affordance

Utah State University Press

Rhetor Response introduces the concept and pedagogical applications of “literary affordances”—the ways in which readers “use” and integrate literature into their own writing or lives.

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Wicked, Incomplete, and Uncertain

User Support in the Wild and the Role of Technical Communication

Utah State University Press

Author Jason Swarts shows how to document technologies that may hybridize into forms that not even their designers would have anticipated and offers insight into the evolving role of a technical writer.

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The Embodied Playbook

Writing Practices of Student-Athletes

Utah State University Press

The Embodied Playbook discovers a new approach to understanding student literacy in a surprising place: the university athletics department. Through analysis of a yearlong case study of the men’s basketball team at the University of North Georgia, J. Michael Rifenburg shows that a deeper and more refined understanding of how humans learn through physical action can help writing instructors reach a greater range of students.

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A Mission for Development

Utah Universities and the Point Four Program in Iran

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Tells the remarkable story of faculty from three Utah universities who lived and worked in Iran as part of the Point Four Program,  reexamining the rise and fall of the US-Iranian alliance and exploring the roles that American universities played in international development during the Cold War.

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Thinking Globally, Composing Locally

Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet

Edited by Rich Rice and Kirk St.Amant
Utah State University Press

Thinking Globally, Composing Locally explores how writing and its pedagogy should adapt to the ever-expanding environment of international online communication.

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WPAs in Transition

Navigating Educational Leadership Positions

Utah State University Press

WPAs in Transition shares a wide variety of professional and personal perspectives about the costs, benefits, struggles, and triumphs experienced by writing program administrators making transitions into and out of leadership positions. 

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Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric

Utah State University Press

 Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric introduces a wide range of studies that foreground circulation in both theory and practice and explore the connections between circulation and public rhetorics, urban studies, feminist rhetorics, digital communication, new materialism, and digital research.

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How Writing Faculty Write

Strategies for Process, Product, and Productivity

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Christine Tulley examines the composing processes of fifteen faculty leaders in the field of rhetoric and writing.

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Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity

Utah State University Press

Edited by four nationally recognized leaders of composition scholarship, Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity asks a fundamental question: can Composition and Rhetoric, as a discipline, continue its historical commitment to pedagogy without sacrificing equal attention to other areas, such as research and theory? In response, contributors to the volume address disagreements about what it means to be called a discipline rather than a profession or a field; elucidate tensions over the defined breadth of Composition and Rhetoric; and consider the roles of research and responsibility as Composition and Rhetoric shifts from field to discipline.

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The Internationalization of US Writing Programs

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The Internationalization of US Writing Programs illuminates the role writing programs and WPAs play for international student populations, offering multiple theoretical approaches to the work of writing programs.

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Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research

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In the course of research, most scholars have known moments of surprise, catastrophe, or good fortune, though they seldom refer to these occurrences in reports or discuss them with students. Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research reveals the different kinds of work scholars, particularly those in rhetoric, writing, and literacy, need to do in order to recognize a serendipitous discovery or a missed opportunity.

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An Alternate Pragmatism for Going Public

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An Alternate Pragmatism for Going Public interrogates composition’s most prominent responses to contemporary K–16 education reform. By “going public,” teachers, scholars, and administrators rightfully reassert their expertise against corporate-political standards and assessments like the Common Core, Complete College America, and the Collegiate Learning Assessment. However, author Jim Webber shows that composition’s professional imperative for self-defense only partly fulfils the broader aims of “going public,” which include fostering public participation that can assess and potentially affirm the public good of professional judgment.

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Writing at the State U

Instruction and Administration at 106 Comprehensive Universities

Utah State University Press

Writing at the State U presents a comprehensive, empirical examination of writing programs at 106 universities. Rather than using open survey calls and self-reporting, Emily Isaacs uses statistical analysis to show the extent to which established principles of writing instruction and administration have been implemented at state comprehensive universities, the ways in which writing at those institutions has differed from writing at other institutions over time, and how state institutions have responded to major scholarly debates concerning first-year composition and writing program administration.

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Points of Departure

Rethinking Student Source Use and Writing Studies Research Methods

Utah State University Press

Points of Departure encourages a return to empirical research about writing, presenting a wealth of transparent, reproducible studies of student sources. The volume shows how to develop methods for coding and characterizing student texts, their choice of source material, and the resources used to teach information literacy. In so doing, the volume advances our understanding of how students actually write.

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Public Performances

Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque

Edited by Jack Santino
Utah State University Press

Public Performances offers a deep and wide-ranging exploration of relationships among genres of public performance and of the underlying political motivations they share. Illustrating the connections among three themes—the political, the carnivalesque, and the ritualesque—this volume provides rich and comprehensive insight into public performance as an assertion of political power.

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Class in the Composition Classroom

Pedagogy and the Working Class

Utah State University Press

Class in the Composition Classroom considers what college writing instructors should know about their working-class students—their backgrounds, experiences, identities, learning styles, and skills—in order to support them in the classroom, across campus, and beyond. In this volume, contributors explore the nuanced and complex meaning of “working class” and the particular values these college writers bring to the classroom.

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Inventing the World Grant University

Chinese International Students’ Mobilities, Literacies, and Identities

Utah State University Press

Through an exploration of the literacy practices of undergraduate Chinese international students in the United States and China, Inventing the World Grant University demonstrates the ways in which writing, public speaking, disciplinary literacies, and humanities-based curricula are constructed and enacted across institutional and geographic borders.

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Post-Truth Rhetoric and Composition

Utah State University Press

Post-Truth Rhetoric and Composition is a timely exploration of the increasingly widespread and disturbing effect of “post-truth” on public discourse in the United States. Bruce McComiskey analyzes the instances of bullshit, fake news, feigned ethos, hyperbole, and other forms of post-truth rhetoric employed in recent political discourse.

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Writing Program Architecture

Thirty Cases for Reference and Research

Utah State University Press

An unprecedented abundance of information concerning the significant material, logistical, and rhetorical features of writing programs and the realities of thirty diverse and award-winning programs.

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The Politics of Writing Studies

Reinventing Our Universities from Below

Utah State University Press

A friendly critique of the field, The Politics of Writing Studies examines a set of recent pivotal texts in composition to show how writing scholarship, in an effort to improve disciplinary prestige and garner institutional resources, inadvertently reproduces structures of inequality within American higher education. Not only does this enable the exploitation of contingent faculty, but it also puts writing studies—a field that inherently challenges many institutional hierarchies—in a debased institutional position and at odds with itself.

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Rewriting

How to Do Things with Texts, Second Edition

Utah State University Press

Joseph Harris draws the college writing student away from static ideas of thesis, support, and structure, and toward a more mature and dynamic understanding. Harris wants college writers to think of intellectual writing as an adaptive and social activity, and he offers them a clear set of strategies—a set of moves—for participating in it.

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Crossing Divides

Exploring Translingual Writing Pedagogies and Programs

Utah State University Press

Crossing Divides offers diverse perspectives from leading scholars on the design and implementation of translingual writing pedagogies and programs.

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Crafting Presence

The American Essay and the Future of Writing Studies

Utah State University Press

Nicole B. Wallack develops an approach to teaching writing with the literary essay.

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Nature's Burdens

Conservation and American Politics, The Reagan Era to the Present

Utah State University Press

Nature’s Burdens is a political and intellectual history of American natural resource conservation from the 1980s into the twenty-first century—a period of intense political turmoil, shifting priorities among federal policymakers, and changing ideas about the goals of conservation. Telling a story of persistent activism, conflict, and frustration but also of striking achievement, it is an account of how new ideas and policies regarding human relationships to plants, animals, and their surroundings have become vital features of modern environmentalism.

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Around the Texts of Writing Center Work

An Inquiry-Based Approach to Tutor Education

Utah State University Press

Around the Texts of Writing Center Work reveals the conceptual frameworks found in and created by ordinary writing center documents. The values and beliefs underlying course syllabi, policy statements, website copy and comments, assessment plans, promotional flyers, and annual reports critically inform writing center practices, including the vital undertaking of tutor education.

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Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs

Utah State University Press

From scholars working in a variety of institutional and geographic contexts and with a wide range of student populations, Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programsoffers perspectives on how first-year writing can support or hinder students’ transitions to college. The contributors present individual and program case studies, surveys of thousands of students, a wealth of institutional retention data, and critical policy analysis.

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The Meaningful Writing Project

Learning, Teaching and Writing in Higher Education

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Economies of Writing

Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition

Utah State University Press

Economies of Writing advances scholarship on political economies of writing and writing instruction, considering them in terms of course subject, pedagogy, technology, and social practice.

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