X-Series for Professional Development

The X Series for Professional Development, a new series for the professional development of both new and experienced teachers of English, including:

New Teaching Assistants, Adjuncts, and Instructors teaching writing and/or literature
Writing Program Administrators interested in the creation of professional development courses or programs
Writing Center personnel
Writing Across the Curriculum personnel
Service Learning Personnel

Fountainhead Press plans to publish two to three books in the series per year with the assistance of series editors Allison D. Smith and Trixie G. Smith, authors of COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice, the first book in the series.

Each of the "X" series books is extensively reviewed during the proposal process to determine whether it is suitable to be included in the Series. Once the book is selected for inclusion it continues to be rigorously reviewed during the developmental process by both our Series Editors and External Anonymous Peers within the appropriate field.

Books in the Series


Compbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice
This book enables students and instructors to access biographical and scholarly information about leading figures in the field of composition and other fields directly related to the study and teaching of composition.


(E)Merging Identities: Graduate Students in the Writing Center
(E)Merging Identities provides an overview of the challenges and rewards that await graduate student clients, tutors, and administrators in the writing center.


Writing and the iGeneration: Composition in the Computer-Mediated Classroom
This text provides selections that range from how to use technology to build a community of writers to integrating and shaping electronic locations for effective writing.


Diversity in the Composition Classroom
This collection of essays is designed to enhance understanding of the challenges students face relative to the work we are asking them to do. The authors seek ways to honor students’ experiences and insights while introducing them to new ideas and ways of thinking.


Movies, Music and More: Advancing Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom
This book contains the insights of teachers who have used popular culture to inspire student writing. Examples are included from teachers of traditional writing classes who introduce a few elements of popular culture, such as a song or movie, to those who host entire classes in virtual worlds such as Second Life.


Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates: A Practical Sourcebook
This text is written for the graduate student or novice instructor who is about to teach his or her first creative writing class.


Web 2.0
Applications for Composition Classrooms

This book asks college writing instructors to speak about how and why they teach writing while using technologies and, in particular, Web 2.0 applications. Of their writing classes, specifically, it asks, "Is there an app for that?"


Adding to the Conversation on Service-Learning in Composition: Taking a Closer Look
This book  is a welcomed result to a need for more discussion in the area of Service Learning.


Peer Pressure, Peer Power
Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom
This book delivers original essays that engage tough pedagogical questions from authors who resist easy answers. This collection includes essays that examine the nature of peer response in theory and in practice from scholars representing composition-rhetoric, writing center, and WAC/WID across the country.


What We Wish We'd Known
Negotiating Graduate School

This book contains 15 chapters written by graduate students who explore the ways they have made sense of, and made choices about, graduate school challenges, including choosing a committee, teaching as a graduate student, and writing a dissertation.



The Effects of Professional Development on Graduate Students

This book is an edited collection of essays that examines the effects of professional development activities on graduate students from the graduate student perspective.



Future Titles

  • Web 2.0
  • Choices Portal


    English Guide Program



    Call for Manuscripts

    The series editors are presently calling for book proposals in the following areas:

    Aspects of professional development


    Contact zones

    Developing writers

    Developing writing assignments

    Intersections in English studies

    Language and literacy

    National or local writing projects

    Rhetoric in the composition classroom

    Strategies for fostering critical thinking

    Student-centered teaching ideas

    Teaching grammar in context

    Teaching literature with technology


    Using literature in the writing classroom

    Using writing in the literature classroom

    Visual rhetoric/New media writing


    For More Information

    Call for Book Manuscripts
       No New Submissions until
       September 2012

    X Series for Professional Development Style Guide

    Call for Projects: A Radical Practical New Old-Fashioned Approach to Teaching & Learning Literacy