New Co-Chairs and Board Members Elected

At the Consortium’s annual meeting last Wednesday, March 19, Drs. Rebecca Jackson and Eric Leake from Texas State University were elected as co-chairs for a three-year term, 2014-2017. They replace Drs. John Dunn and Derek Mueller who have served the Consortium as co-chairs since 2011. Three new Executive Board members were elected at the meeting. […]

Report on the 2012 Survey of Programs

The “Report on the 2012 Survey of Programs” is available for download (2012surveyreport.pdf). This 36-page report presents an overview of the 2012 Survey of Programs along with a concise account of both qualitative and quantitative responses to the survey. Please direct questions about the report or the survey to Consortium Co-chairs, John S. Dunn, Jr. […]

2012 Survey of Programs is Open

Earlier today the Consortium opened its 2012 Survey of Programs and circulated an invitation to complete the survey to 196 program coordinators, directors, and administrators. The 28-question survey will remain open through Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Click here to learn more about the survey.

Roster-building Initiative

The Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists needs your help. This summer we are in the process of assembling a comprehensive index of MA and MS programs associated with rhetoric, composition, writing studies, and technical and professional writing.  In late June and early July, a small team of volunteers began the first phase of […]

Are Your MA Graduates Being Properly Counted?

You may not have given it much thought, but even if your program is focused on writing and rhetoric, your students are most likely being counted in Higher Ed statistical categories as students of literature. Thanks to a great deal of hard work over several years by Louise Phelps (Syracuse University) and her taskforce, the […]

Standing Group Status and 2014 Elections

CCCC Officers notified the Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists on August 19, 2013, that its application for Standing Group status (PDF) was approved.  Following the meeting in Las Vegas last March, Consortium Co-chairs John Dunn and Derek Mueller developed the Standing Group application over the summer, including with it evidence of a steady […]

2012 Survey of Programs Concluded

The 2012 Survey of Program, which opened on March 5, closed in mid-late August with more than 90 responses.  We are currently in the process of smoothing the data set (i.e., combining split entries, removing empty or illegible entries, etc.).  We anticipate having a preliminary report available in mid-January 2013. Dr. Derek N. Mueller Co-chair […]

Call for Proposals: MA Programs at Work

Call for proposals: MA Programs at Work (Proposal deadline: Sept. 30, 2011) For those seeking a Ph.D., the Masters of Arts degree is a necessary stepping stone. Stand alone M.A. programs, often referred to as “terminal,” can suggest a premature endpoint or confer second-class status upon this form of advanced study.  Recently, scholars have begun […]

Article on the MA in Writing Studies in the Dec. 2010 (62.2) issue of CCC

See Peter Vandenberg and Jennifer Clary-Lemon’s article, “Advancing by Degree: Placing the MA in Writing Studies,” in the December 2010 (62.2) issue of College Composition and Communication. Abstract Master’s programs have been absent from writing studies’ scholarship on graduate education, primarily because they are not sites of disciplinary research. The MA, however, should be valued […]

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