Kalamaras, George. “Confessions of a Socio-Epistemic Rhetorician: Negotiaating the Seemingly Nonnegotiable in the Development of Part-Time Faculty.” English Education. 24.4 (1992): 229-236. Print.
In this article, George Kalamaras describes his experience as a newly hired assistant professor and associate director of a writing program. Kalamaras highlights the dissonance in his department between his view as a Socio-epistemic rhetorician and more Classical Rhetoricians in the department. The differences, however, extend into other areas of the department such as, coherence of the department. These differences are more of an issue for Kalamaras who has to work with overworked, underpaid part-time faculty.
In the end, Kalamaras finds that the differences is not all bad, and can in fact through dialogue produce a similar liberatory effect as that desired for students:
The socio-epistemic rhetorician, then, in her attempt to reshape a writing program, must be open to having her own ideology reshaped as well. Thus, rather than abandoning her ideological commitments, she deepens them, redefining the parameters of her own position in ways which are more inclusive, that is, dialogical rather than dichotomous. She must, paradoxically, be willing to “let go” of her commitments in order to come to know them more complexly (235-236).