Reviews at Composition Forum

Posted by – July 19, 2010

Featuring a mix of new and experienced voices—both in the texts we select and the authors who review them—is part of our mission as book reviews editors. Our reviews and review essays speak to the diverse interests of Composition Forum’s broad readership. The current issue—our second as book reviews editors—includes reviews that address basic writing pedagogy, pill linguistics, online writing pedagogy, writing assessment, and community literacy. Upcoming reviews will explore these and other issues. We’ll continue to highlight writing pedagogy, program assessment, and technology; we’ll also review texts concerned with literacy; critical theory; race, gender, and sexuality studies; visual and multimedia rhetoric; and writing centers. We are always looking to expand the types of texts we review, and future reviews could include style manuals, textbooks, multimedia texts, and even technologies themselves, like the Kindle or the Nook.

We typically commission reviews, an increasingly common practice at academic journals in rhetoric and composition. We strive to make the review process as fair and objective as possible, and we discourage reviews of texts written by colleagues in one’s own academic department, reviews of works by former mentors or students, or reviews of books in which one has participated in the editorial process (as a manuscript reviewer, for example, or as a member of an editorial board). In fairness to book authors, we need to establish that a reviewer has the credentials to review the text in question. While graduate students certainly can possess this expertise, reviews written as a seminar assignment may not reflect sufficient understanding of the review genre or the field.

A successful review does both. It shows a balance of summary and analysis, depth of critical assessment, and willingness to assert an opinion. A successful review also conveys an informed opinion, situating the text in question in relation to recent scholarship and larger trends in composition studies.

Our work requires a robust community of prospective reviewers with a range of expertise. With that in mind, we invite you to join our pool of reviewers by emailing your curriculum vitae to Please include a brief statement of your scholarly interests in the body of your message. We also welcome comments and suggestions.

Volume 22 Now Available

Posted by – June 24, 2010

The newest volume of Composition Forum is now available!

Volume 22 features an interview with Susan Jarratt and articles focusing on pedagogical theory in composition. This volume also includes two program profiles describing writing programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and at Oakland University.

Along with the interview, articles, and program profiles, CF 22 offers five reviews of new texts of interest to writing scholars and teachers.

Thanks for visiting the journal! We welcome your suggestions and comments about this volume.

Editors’ Roundtable at CCCC on Wednesday, March 17th

Posted by – March 16, 2010

Composition Forum will participate in the Research Network Forum at this year’s CCCC Convention in Louisville, KY. Join us on Wednesday, March 17th from 1:30-2:45 in Ballroom V at the Louisville Marriott.

We would love to hear about your scholarly work and to tell you a bit about Composition Forum‘s features and future plans. Look for CF Editor Christian Weisser at the Editors’ Roundtable.

Volume 21 now available!

Posted by – February 15, 2010

Composition Forum 21 is now available.

This volume features an interview with Cindy Selfe and articles focusing on web literacy and on sustainability in composition. CF 21 also includes two Program Profiles describing writing programs at SUNY Binghamton and the University of Minnesota Duluth. In addition, Volume 21 contains three book reviews and a review essay that examines recent books on activist rhetorics.

We thank you for visiting the journal, and we welcome your suggestions and comments about this volume.

CF and Creative Commons

Posted by – November 8, 2009

When we published CF 20, we decided to make all content published in the journal open access using the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. I’d like to provide a bit of background on open access, explain how the license we chose works, and offer some reasons for our adoption of it. More

Volume 20 now available!

Posted by – July 4, 2009

The newest volume of Composition Forum is now available at the “Current Issue” link above.

This volume features an interview with Gary Olson and three articles focusing on different dimensions of the academic work of writing specialists. CF 20 also includes two Program Profiles describing the first year writing programs at California State University, Fresno and Eastern Michigan University. In addition, Volume 20 contains reviews of three new books in rhetoric and composition.

Thanks for visiting the journal, and we welcome your suggestions and comments about this volume.

Consider Submitting a Program Profile

Posted by – April 28, 2009

Those of us who direct writing programs recognize how difficult it can be to balance administrative and scholarly work. While we produce a number of in-house publications or internal program documents, we don’t have as many opportunities to frame and present these to our colleagues in the field. The Program Profiles section of Composition Forum provides an opportunity for those of us who engage in various kinds of program administration and curriculum development work to share that work with others in our field at the same time as it provides an opportunity to have that work recognized as scholarship.

As co-editors of the Program Profiles section of the journal, we invite you to submit profiles of your FYC, WAC, undergraduate, or graduate programs in Rhetoric and Composition. Profiles are generally 2,000 to 4,000 words and should include a general description of the program, the theory informing the program, a structural description of the program, institutional constraints, and a section that explains what you’ve learned from your directorship of the program or what you might do differently based on your experience.

To send queries or manuscripts, please contact our Program Profile Editors, Mary Jo Reiff and Anis Bawarshi.

Call for Editor: Book Review Editor

Posted by – March 23, 2009

Composition Forum seeks a Book Review Editor to replace the outgoing editor. This editor will be responsible for gathering reviews on books of interest to scholars and practitioners within the field. Editor’s duties will be soliciting reviews, offering editorial feedback to authors, and helping to format reviews for both annual issues. Duties also include maintaining contact with publishers to receive new titles, and ensuring that review authors receive copies of reviewed texts. In the future Composition Forum wishes to review as many new titles as possible within the field and further expand the number of review essays.

Please submit email indicating position, institutional affiliation, and reason for interest to Christian Weisser.

Composition Forum 19

Posted by – January 30, 2009

We are happy to announce the publication of Composition Forum 19, see our Spring 2009 issue. This volume features articles by Dan Fraizer, Caleb Corkery, and Nate Kreuter. CF 19 also includes a Program Profile focusing on a team teaching project at West Virginia University. In addition, Volume 19 contains reviews of six new books in rhetoric and composition.

We welcome your suggestions and comments about this volume.