College Composition and Communication
In the Visibility Project, professional organizations have worked to gain recognition for the disciplinarity of writing and rhetoric studies through representation of the field in the information codes and databases of higher education. We report success in two important cases: recognition as an "emerging field" in the National Research Council's taxonomy of research disciplines; and the assignment of a code series to rhetoric and composition/writing studies in the federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). We analyze the rhetorical strategies and implications of each case and call for continuing efforts to develop and implement a "digital strategy" for handling data about the field and its representation in information networks.
Original Publication Citation
Phelps, L. W., & Ackerman, J. M. (2010). Making the case for disciplinarity in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies: The Visibility Project. College Composition and Communication, 62(1), 180-215.
Phelps, Louise Weatherbee and Ackerman, John M., "Making the Case for Disciplinarity in Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies: The Visibility Project" (2010). English Faculty Publications. 84.