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In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Professor in the Department of English and director of the writing center at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Our dialog focuses on Elizabeth’s recent publication, From Great to Good Enough: Recalibrating expectations as WPA in the edited book titled The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration published by the University Press of Colorado in 2020. Thanks to this conversation for introducing us to Micciche’s article and inspiring the title of our podcast!

Update on the episode: Kleinfeld conducts research on academic rhetorics, citation practices, undergraduate research, writing centers and accessibility, failure, and (dis)ability rhetorics.

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Kleinfeld, E. (2020). From Great to good enough: Recalibrating expectations as WPA. In C. Adams Wooten, J. Babb, K. Murray Costello, & K. Navickas (Eds.), The things we carry: Strategies for recognizing and negotiating emotional labor in writing program administration. University Press of Colorado.

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Brown, B. (2018). Dare to lead: Brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts. Random House.

Jackson, R., McKinney, J. G., & Caswell, N. (2016). The working lives of new writing center directors. Utah State University Press.

Miley, M. (2016). Feminist mothering: A theory/practice for writing center administration. WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, 41(1-2), 17-24

Micciche, L. R. (2011). For slow agency. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 35(1), 73-90.

Odell, J. (2019). How to do nothing: Resisting the attention economy. Melville House.

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Created and hosted by your CWCAB editors, the goal of this podcast is to open up time and space in this productivity-saturated culture to slow down and dialogue with leading thinkers and practitioners in writing studies worldwide. The title of the podcast is inspired by Micciche, L. (2011) For slow agency. Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, 35 (1), 73-90. Our inaugural episode features WLN’s journal editors whose wisdom and hard work make this journal and the blog possible.

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