English, Department of


Date of this Version

March 2000


Published in Concerns: A Publication of the Women’s Caucus for the MLA 27 (Spring 2000), pp. 5–15. Copyright © 2000 by the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Language Association.


This essay chronicles the story of our collaborations as scholars, teachers, colleagues, friends, and co-coordinators of the first-year writing program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We believe our narrative can lead to an expanded vision of service in the profession by illuminating how ongoing discussions about collaboration can help us construct and imagine service as intellectual work. As two faculty members (one assistant and one associate professor) responsible for collaboratively coordinating a first-year-writing program, we hope to question what it means to do administrative service collaboratively, to examine this hydra-headed authority that we wield and attempt to implement within our program, and to consider the consequences of how this service is constructed, perceived, and sometimes ignored by faculty in English Studies and in the academy at large.