We welcome students to the academic community and participate in the university’s mission of creating and transferring knowledge by encouraging these pursuits:

  • Engaging in thoughtful inquiry
  • Developing critical thinking
  • Strengthening written reasoning

Our courses achieve those goals by developing classroom communities that explore the process of argument as responsible inquiry through:

  • Discovering shared concerns and interests in response to careful reading
  • Responding ethically and attending seriously to diverse arguments
  • Judging arguments fairly and articulating responses ethically
  • Testing claims that pose answers to meaningful questions
  • Developing lines of reasoning and carefully integrating evidence

The strength of our classrooms starts with careful training of graduate students from multiple programs and departments, starting young researchers on the path of integrating scholarship and teaching, by focusing on:

  • Theory and pedagogy of the composition classroom
  • Rhetorical principles of writing and inquiry
  • Best practices of the composition classroom
  • Mentor and peer support for new teachers

We partner with many units on campus to serve student learning across the university community, including:

  • The Center for Teaching Writing
  • The Library Education department
  • The Teaching and Learning Center
  • The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
  • The American English Institute
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • The Teaching Effectiveness Program
  • Center on Diversity and Community
  • Office of Community Standards
  • Counseling and Testing Center


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