Research centers as change agents: Reshaping work in rhetoric and writing

Brian Gogan, Kelly Belanger, Ashley Patriarca, Megan O'Neill

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This article defines research centers as associative enterprises for solving scholarly and societal problems that cannot be adequately addressed by individuals. We identify more than fifty research centers in rhetoric and writing, past and present, and argue that they function as change agents by emphasizing collaboration and conducting research focused on publics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-363
Number of pages28
JournalCollege Composition and Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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