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14 J ac q u e l i n e R oy s t e r DOI: 10.7330/9781607326625.c014 JACQUELINE JONES ROYSTER is the dean of Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She holds the Ivan Allen Jr. dean’s chair in Liberal Arts and Technology and is professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Royster has authored three books: Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African American Women, and Profiles of Ohio Women, 1803–2003. She coauthored Feminist Rhetorical Studies: New Horizons in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Her research centers on rhetorical studies, literacy studies, and women’s studies, areas in which she has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters as well as several coedited works. With regard to teaching, Royster has taught writing and writing related courses across all levels of the curriculum. Likewise, with administrative leadership, she has served in multiple capacities. In 1978 she was the founder of the Comprehensive Writing Program and the Writing Center at Spelman College; the director of the Writing Program and the vice chair for Rhetoric and Composition at The Ohio State University. Royster has served as both chair and secretary of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). She has received two of 4C’s highest honors: The Exemplar Award for excellence in research, leadership, and service and the Braddock Award for the best article in College Composition and Communication. Royster also received the Modern Language Association’s Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for the best book in the teaching of English and the Frances A. March Award for distinguished service to the profession. In 2000 the state of Ohio named her a Pioneer in Higher Education due to her professional record. The interview took place on February 27, 2014, via Skype. christine: In doing research for this collection, I’ve found that administrative work takes a toll on writing faculty more heavily than on faculty Jacqueline Royster   133 in other areas. In your career, you’ve held some specifically discipline based administrative positions such as the writing program administrator and writing center director, and now you are serving as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Through all of these positions you’ve managed to publish regularly. How do you find the time to write? jackie: Well, I think that part of finding the time is having the passion and will. And what was always clear to me as a human being is that I would not be happy as an academic if I could not find a way to do my own work. With the jobs I chose to accept, what that meant over the years was that I had to have the commitment to finding the time and trying, to the extent I could, of maintaining a space and time for doing my own work. Now I will say it’s a constant challenge. christine: How so, specifically? jackie: Looking back, what I realize is that at some points in my life, making time to write meant not getting enough sleep and not spending the amount of time with my family that I wanted to spend. I had to really struggle to balance out wanting to do my work with other responsibilities in a satisfying way. I’m still trying to balance the need for doing my own work with what has to be done in a given day for my administrative position while also considering the needs of my family. christine: Because you are juggling a lot of responsibilities, are there any writing techniques that really work for you? jackie: Yes! Developing a habit of quick focusing and getting to work immediately as soon as time opens up. If I’ve got one morning, I have to find a way to quick focus. If I’ve got a day on a weekend, I have to find a way to quick focus so I’m so intently focused on what I’m doing that I try to make whatever progress I can make. The other strategy that has worked for me is just figuring out how to combine priorities. For example, if I take an invitation to give a talk, I try to craft that talk so that it helps me to think about whatever it is that I’m working on and get mutual feedback...


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