Dissertation Study Interviews

This page has some sample questions that will be asked during the Phase 2 interviews of this study. Actual interviews may vary and include more personalized questions.

In our first interview, participants will be prompted to reflect on March 2020 decisions in terms of curriculum, faculty support, and obstacles they may have faced.

  1. What areas of instruction (technology, delivery, synchronous engagement, other support to instructors) did you focus on in your communications and materials distributed to your writing program instructors?
  2. Did you encourage synchronous or asynchronous course delivery in March 2020? What considerations went into that decision?
  3. How did you adapt your communications to different types of instructors, if applicable?
  4. Did you run into any barriers or complications in delivering support communications and materials? From where did those arise?
  5. What, if any, instructional support that you provided do you think was specific to the needs of a writing program (versus another type of curriculum program)?
  6. How did you imagine or re-imagine self-care in this moment, both for you and for your instructors?
  7. Generally speaking, what went well in terms of the support offered?
  8. Where could there have been more or different kinds of support offered?
  9. What advice would you give to other WPAs if we faced the same kind of crisis next week?

Second interviews will examine and discuss specific communications or resources WPAs may have created for faculty at the start of the pandemic.

  1. Which difficulty of the emergency switch to remote teaching does this document/resource address?
  2. What audiences were you addressing with this resource? What audience, or part of that audience, did you anticipate would need this the most?
  3. What did you expect the primary needs of your instructors would be? Reflecting now, how true do you think that prediction was?
  4. Did you run into any problems or constraints in creating resources for your instructors?
  5. What rhetorical considerations did you make in terms of your own position when making this document? How did you understand and convey things like expertise, support, and empathy?
  6. Looking at this now, are there any word choices that stand out to you?
  7. If you could revise this document, time travel to March 2020 , and switch this with the original, what revisions would you make?