I think Rob describes the situation and the challenge perfectly.
I've not seen it stated so clearly.
One thing I'd add . . .
> Note that a discipline-based course will need to be taught by
> someone in the discipline, rather than by a writing person
> parachuting in. Only from within the discipline will the
> values of the discipline be truly apparent.
Yes, and one of the real dangers here is that WI courses will be
taught by people parachuted in from somewhere _in_ the
discipline. The real challenge is to make sure those courses
are taught by the regular faculty, and that the regular faculty
get the training and support they need. (Our writing program
here, back at the dawn of time, faced this challenge:
departments wanted to hire in their own part-timers to do the
writing stuff, rather than seconding faculty. Not many people
understood the real lasting benefit of the program, which was
that it potentially changed the teaching of the regular faculty
dramatically and forever.)
St. Thomas University
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