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University of Missouri Treats Graduate Students Badly, Probably Ruins Chances of Securing Quality Students for the Next 10 Years

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 17, 2015 - 11:06pm


The University of Missouri, citing changes in federal policy, says it’s no longer allowed to provide subsidies to its graduate students to pay for health insurance.
The notice, sent to the university’s graduate students on Aug. 14, comes less than two weeks before the start of the academic school year, potentially leaving some students in the lurch.


Twitter Feed: Doing Rhetoric at Minnesota Conference

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 21, 2014 - 12:50am

Today, there was an interdepartmental rhetoric conference sponsored by the student chapter of RSA at the U of MN.
Below is the schedule, then the Twitter feed. It was an excellent conference.

12:00: Keynote speaker, Jeanne Fahnestock
1:45: Afternoon refreshments
2:12: Panel, "Object Oriented Criticism"
Respondent: Arthur Walzer
3:45: Panel, "Rhetoric Theory in and through the Ages"
Respondent Jeanne Fahnestock
5:00: Adjourn for the day

9:00: Panel, "Argument and Authority"
Respondent: Cate Palczewski


Karl Stolley: What I Try to Teach My Dissertators

Submitted by Michael Faris on July 19, 2012 - 7:51pm

I haven't posted on here in three years, I believe (besides the occasional comment), but today I defended my dissertation, and Professor Aune (via Facebook) asked if I might post about my experience here. I'm not sure what I'd say, and I'll think about it, but I thought I'd share Karl Stolley's recent blog post responding to the CHE's post 6 Things Your Dissertation Director Wishes You Knew.


Joshua Gunn on Graduate Education, Peer Review

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 27, 2012 - 7:40am

Joshua Gunn on Peer Review and Graduate Education:

This reminds me of a tension I always face at the undergrad level: On the one hand, we want to offer students a safe space to learn in, and that means the ability to take risks and to fail without consequence. On the other hand, we want them to be professionally composed when they look for jobs. I regularly write syllabi that appear to favor the latter, while I try to behave in the classroom in ways which value the exploratory former. Sometimes, I think I need to rethink that mixed message.


Indictment: Graduate Advising

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 29, 2011 - 7:59pm

"Dear faculty members: I sell Ph.D. advising services on the open market. And your Ph.D. students are buying. Why? Because you're not doing your job."


The Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists needs your help.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 8, 2011 - 9:24am

I have appended the list of MA-programs in Writing Studies/Rhetoric to this post. I wonder whether MA-terminal Comm programs should organize in this way... --db

The Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists ( needs your help.

MA Consortium Roster.pdf222.27 KB


"Honing" your application and ruining your summer

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 8, 2011 - 10:36am

"Honing" your application and ruining your summer
From Philosophy Smoker
by zombie

Could you specify what it takes to 'hone' an individual application? I've never been on the market. I'm sure you can tailor the cover letter to each institution, but what can you do other than that?

That's a good question. Anon 7:48 responded thusly:


Thesis Credits Exposed as Sham?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 19, 2011 - 3:37am

This blog explores, cynically, the problem of thesis credits:

100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School


BGSU: Indirect Implications for Rhetoric?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 16, 2011 - 12:56pm


...we learn that BGSU's comm program faces elimination.

More info on the program here:

I don't know any comm rhetoricians at BGSU. Can anyone help us process?