Graduate Instructor Voices

The graduate program in rhetoric began in 1978 and was the beginning of many successful academic careers. Faculty collaborated with students in scholarly research and administrative endeavors. The first-year writing program, the Digital Writing and Research Lab, and the University Writing Center were all created and nurtured with graduate-student input and energy.

"Graduate Instructor Voices" centers on the perspectives of graduate instructors who played crucial roles in the historic controversy surrounding the development of the writing program. As key stakeholders group in the controversy, graduate instructors-- individually and collectively-- organized signature campaigns, contributed to the development of syllabi, and disagreed with the department on the content of the writing program. They proposed the size of writing classes and advocated for increased supervision from the department. Like many undergraduate students, they sometimes took to the Daily Texan to share their concerns for the E306 syllabus with the university.

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