Call for Short Essays: #MeToo and Academia

Composition Studies invites contributions to an occasional section of the journal called Where We Are, which brings together a small group of scholars to highlight where we are as a field on matters current and compelling. In the case of this installment, contributors may expand their reach to address not just the field of writing studies exclusively but academia more broadly.

We are seeking contributions for our Fall 46.2 (2018) issue that address #MeToo in relation to academic workplaces. Possible (not exhaustive) ways to contribute:

  • Narrate experiences of harassment and/or assault in an academic workplace.
  • Describe the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of university policies to address sexual harassment and assault.
  • Detail how #MeToo has influenced (or fails to influence) teacher-preparation.
  • Propose ways academics might engage #MeToo to build sustainable communities.
  • Consider the rhetorical effects of viral writing practices about trauma as evidenced in the #MeToo movement.
  • Reflect on potential long-term effects of the #MeToo movement on academic workplaces.

Submissions should be 800- to 1200-word first-person accounts contextualized within some aspect of the #MeToo movement. We will publish 6-8 essays. Complete drafts are due August 15, 2018. Please send submissions as .doc or .rtf attachments to with a subject line of Submission for #MeToo WWA.


CALL FOR NEW EDITOR(S) OF Composition Studies

Composition Studies is seeking a new editor, to begin with the fall 2019 issue (the editorial transition will begin in late fall 2018). Initial appointment is one three-year term, with possibility for renewal. In publication since March 1972, Composition Studies is the oldest independent journal in the field of writing studies. Published biannually, the journal is dedicated to sponsoring a broad range of scholarship: postsecondary writing pedagogy and theory; theorizing rhetoric and composing; administering writing programs; preparing the field’s future teacher-scholars; and related topics.

Eligible applicants will have an active research agenda in writing studies as well as interest in and appreciation of diverse research and research methods in the field. Previous journal editorial experience a plus but not required. Applicants need strong organizational and management skills, relative comfort working with technology (Adobe products, google drive, online submission manager, and email), ability to work well with others—staff members, contributors, reviewers, advertisers, and publisher—and a commitment to publishing high quality, relevant, and engaging scholarship that advances knowledge in the field.

A complete application will include the following:

  • A letter of support from someone who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications sent directly to current editor Laura Micciche at
  • A 2-3 page letter of application, explaining the applicant’s interest in the editorship; qualifications and unique qualities that have bearing on the position; potential institutional support; and readiness at this point in their career to serve as editor of a national journal.
  • A current CV.

Application materials are due to Laura Micciche at by October 1, 2018. Editorial Board members will review applications and make a selection by October 15, 2018. If you have questions about the position, feel free to contact Laura.