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9 D ua n e R o e n DOI: 10.7330/9781607326625.c009 DUANE ROEN is professor of English at Arizona State University (ASU), where he currently serves as dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, dean of University College, vice provost, and coordinator for the Project for Writing and Recording Family History. At ASU he has also served as director of Composition and co-director of the graduate program in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics. Previously Roen served as director of the Writing Program at Syracuse University and was founding director of the graduate program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at University of Arizona. Roen is former president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, former secretary of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and former co-editor (with Greg Glau and Barry Maid) of WPA: Writing Program Administration. In addition to more than 280 articles, chapters , and conference presentations, Roen has several books including: Composing Our Lives in Rhetoric and Composition: Stories About the Growth of a Discipline (with Theresa Enos and Stuart Brown), Views from the Center: The CCCC Chairs’ Addresses, 1977–2005, and The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life (with Greg Glau and Barry Maid). Roen began his career teaching English at New Richmond High School in Wisconsin, where he served as high school language arts chair and K–12 language arts chair. While there, he taught a range of courses in composition, reading, creative writing, and cultural diversity. At the postsecondary level he has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including first-year composition, writing methods, language methods, linguistics, writing program administration, composition theory, writing assessment, portfolio assessment, discourse analysis, writing for educators, literature for adolescents, and the Nebraska Writing Project. Roen’s interview took place on December 13, 2013, via Skype. christine: Let’s start with a question I’ve never asked anyone in interviews so far. How do you feel when you write? 102   How Writing Faculty Write duane: Well, that depends. When I write for publication I have a much different feeling than when I write for work. When I write for work I write a lot of reports; I write a lot of proposals. In my job I write close to one hundred emails, on average, a day. When I write for work there is a different feeling, since much of the writing is routine and doesn’t require a lot of creative thought. But when I write for publication , I think about a lot of things. It’s escape from my day-to-day work routine. And when I’m writing I’m able to just forget about anything else and I really focus. For example, if my wife walks up behind me and says “hi,” I jump because I’m so focused on what I’m doing. I have a lot of positive thoughts and feelings associated with what I’m writing when it is for publication versus work. christine: What contributes to these positive thoughts or feelings? duane: I’m sure I have a lot of positive associations because writing for publication, for a project I want to work on, is such a nice change of pace from writing memos and reports and composing email messages and reviews. But I also really enjoy spending time on writing for publication. christine: It sounds like you do a lot of writing during your day. Can you describe when academic writing time fits into your schedule? duane: My ideal would be to write every day when I get up at 5:00 AM. However, when I get up every morning at 5:00, I have a ton of emails waiting for me and some need immediate attention. On weekdays I do all administrative and teaching work from about 5:00 in the morning until 5:00 PM at night. Then I go home and have a quick dinner and then I get upstairs in the study and write for publication. christine: Does your writing schedule vary on the weekend? duane: Yes, it is more my ideal. Saturday and Sunday I’ll just get up at the same time and just start writing because I don’t have as many administrative and teaching tasks so I get to them later. So, I am a daily writer but it varies from weekday to weekend day when I actually start writing. christine: Can you describe one of these typical writing sessions? When you...


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