A review of general education at the author’s university led to an effort to include project- and theme-based interdisciplinary courses that addressed the “public good,” but many faculty resisted what they perceived as threats to purely disciplinary knowledge. When knowledge is under attack, professors in all disciplines should help prepare students to address problems in US democracy.
Breech Disciplinary Levees: Help Fix Democracy
Doug Hesse is professor and founding executive director of writing at the University of Denver, where he has been named Distinguished Scholar. He is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and past editor of Writing Program Administration. Previously, he taught at Illinois State University, directing the writing, graduate, and honors programs. His more than seventy-five articles and chapters focus largely on creative nonfiction, composition programs and pedagogies, and professional issues in English studies. He is coauthor with Becky Bradway of Creating Nonfiction (2009) and three other books.
Doug Hesse; Breech Disciplinary Levees: Help Fix Democracy. Pedagogy 1 April 2020; 20 (2): 229–233. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-8091835
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