The Lone Ranger as Technical Writing Program Administrator

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The popularity of technical writing and communication has caused many colleges and universities to scramble to hire qualified tenure-track faculty members. So-called lone ranger candidates are often lured to workplaces in which they are the sole technical writing faculty members by promises of autonomy and the ability to develop programs in ways, and at a pace, that would not necessarily be possible at other institutions. This article explores challenges faced by several such lone ranger faculty members and outlines survival strategies that may help lone rangers sustain and build their technical writing programs.


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Journal of Business and Technical Communication

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Sapp, D. (2006). The Lone Ranger as Technical Writing Program Administrator. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 20(2), 200-219.



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