This Programmatic Showcase describes why and how Utah State University redesigned our Technical Communication and Rhetoric program to incorporate considerations of social justice across the curriculum. After describing our programmatic vision, we describe in detail the design of a pedagogical study informing our curricular redesign and then share strategies for course design and university-community partnerships. The course-design strategies include 1) explicitly framing courses around broad issues of social justice, 2) incorporating hands-on practice to connect conceptions of social justice to professional practices, and 3) facilitating opportunities for both students and clients to reflect upon these connections. The strategies for facilitating university-community relationships include 1) collaboratively designing assignments, 2) holding a kickoff meeting, and 3) creating a table summarizing assignments and timelines. We hope this article appeals to all technical communication scholars interested in social justice, though it may be most useful for program administrators interested in incorporating social justice initiatives into their respective programs. (PDF) Social Justice Across The Curriculum:.... Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321757591_Social_Justice_Across_The_Curriculum_Research-Based_Course_Design [accessed Aug 14 2018].
Walton, R., Colton, J.S., Wheatley-Boxx, R., & Gurko, K. (2016). Social Justice Across the Curriculum: Research-Based Course Design. Programmatic Perspectives, 8(2), 119-41.