WPI Professor's Essay Helps Map the Future of Composition

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute English Professor John Trimbur is the author of "Writing Instruction and the Politics of Professionalization." The essay appears in Composition in the 21st Century: Crisis and Change. The book, which had its origins in a national conference of the same name, contains 16 position papers by distinguished scholars and researchers who discuss composition and rhetoric from a variety of contemporary perspectives: historical , social, cultural, political, intellectual, economic, structural, administrative and developmental.

Trimbur, of Cranston, R.I., received a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University, and a master's degree in American studies and a doctorate in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A member of the faculty since 1987, he developed the Institute's writing program and is co-director, with chemistry Professor Stephen J. Weininger, of the interdisciplinary technical, scientific and professional communication major, designed to prepare communication professionals who can bridge the gap between scientists and engineers and the public by presenting technological information in useful and accessible ways.

Composition in the 21st Century, published by Southern Illinois University Press, is edited by Lynn Z. Bloom of the University of Connecticut, Donald A. Daiker of Miami University and Edward M. White of California State University, San Bernardino. "The solutions {offered in the text} are applicable to pedagogy, research, graduate training of composition teachers, academic administration and public and social policy," say the editors. "In a very real sense {it} is the only book to offer a map to the future of composition."

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an independent, technological university founded in 1865.