Empowering Stakeholders in a Cohort of Interdisciplinary Writing Minors
Flexibility, Agency, Reciprocity, and Accountability
Keywords:Interdisciplinarity, Stakeholders, Framework, Minors, Flexbility, Agency
Universities and employers make clear that STEM students need to learn effective writing and communication strategies, and Technical/Professional Communication (TPC) programs are uniquely poised to facilitate this goal. However, in the absence of formal university Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) structures, TPC faculty should be proactive in creating collaborative writing programs that can both serve their STEM students, and offer writing faculty opportunities to collaborate with a range of stakeholders. In this article, we draw from stakeholder theory to offer a heuristic and framework for analyzing stakeholders in an interdisciplinary writing program. We also draw from our newly developed interdisciplinary writing minors to model this framework and to define how it can help to ensure the flexibility, agency, reciprocity, and accountability that we argue are crucial to sustainable writing programs.