Technical and professional communication programs and the small college setting: Opportunities and challenges

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Abstract

This article argues that the small school context has been a relatively unexamined or under-examined context for technical and professional communication program development. While graduate program development holds a large share of the field's attention in recent national forums, growth in graduate programs is a consequence of demand in the job market among mostly "teaching" schools. Thus, the field must consider how well we are socializing new Ph.D.s into the values and the real work of institutions where they will find employment. Toward this end, this article articulates three mediating forces of program development in the liberal arts and humanities settings of small schools: 1) interdisciplinarity and flexibility are lived dynamics of small schools; 2) the campus-wide privileging of writing and communication skills presents ongoing opportunities for curricular initiatives and program development; and 3) compression of decision-making structures leads to more involvement of/with administrators and units across campus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages319-335
Number of pages17
Volume33
No4
Specialist publicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Education

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