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  1. It's best to get advice from faculty members on this front, but their time is limited, so I thought it might be useful for all of us gearing up for the 2021 cycle, or celebrating/healing from the 2020 cycle to talk about our apps and their weak spots. Here's a summary, I guess, of my app: Stats: GRE: V161 (88th percentile), Q151 (41st percentile), A5.5 (98th percentile) Undergrad GPA: 3.97 at a public research university Graduate GPA: 3.96 at a small, unranked rhet/comp program Teaching experience: worked as a TA (instructor of record) for two years, have adjuncted two junior-level courses, assisted our college's WPA in curriculum design Publications: a nonfiction essay for a smaller women's journal, and currently working on submitting an eco-critical lit theory piece to some journals Conferences: none, I was working full-time and teaching during my degree so I unfortunately left that on the back-burner. I have given several professional developments and spoken at some seminars at two universities, though Areas of focus: digital rhetoric, ecocriticism, and data mining/text mining as both a literature and a composition tool SOP: haven't drafted yet, but I plan to focus on how place and environment are inextricable in my understanding of the beauty of language, and that I think empirical methods (data mining, contextual analysis, etc) can be used to carve a path for its beauty to be understood more widely by more disciplines. I'm vying to be a part of a program that encourages interdisciplinary study, not because language/literature/rhetoric needs to be supplemented, but because it needs to be expanded. Only anecdote I plan on discussing is my time as a backpacker and how it inspired my first research project. LORs: one from graduate school chair, one from very well-published friend and professor, and one from a linguistics professor I absolutely adore Based on your own experience, or on advice given from your own mentors, what would you say can and needs to be improved?
  2. Hi Everyone! I'm applying to English/ Comp & Rhet programs for fall 2019. For my writing sample, I'm submitting a section of my Master's thesis and I'm wondering how to format it. Do I keep the cover page of my thesis so they know it's from a longer work? do I title it instead? Do I put my name?? for my SoP, I'm putting just my name and Statement of Purpose in the header--should I do this for the writing sample as well? I appreciate any insight--I've been out of school for several years and have no one to turn to for advice on small matters like these. Thank you!!
  3. I'm just curious about my list of programs going forward into the acceptance/rejection period. What would you hope for? Just curious generally what people think of this list and what the strengths and weaknesses are, where I can expect problems and where there might be hope. It will likely appear in my signature too, but just in case here's my scorecard currently: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute STS PhD (Accepted) -heading to campus for visit Feb 27th MIT HASTS PhD (Likely Rejected) Northwestern MTS PhD (Likely Rejected) UC Santa Cruz Hist. of Consciousness PhD (Likely Rejected) Cornell STS PhD (Rejected) Berkeley Rhetoric PhD (Pending) NYU Media Culture Communication PhD (Pending) Brown Modern Culture and Media PhD (Pending) Harvard History of Science w/STS PhD (Pending) Boston University Emerging Media Studies PhD (Pending) University of Toronto History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Institute PhD (Pending) University of Texas Austin Media Studies PhD (Pending) Oxford DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences (Pending) Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone hearing back? I'm trying to decide on whether RPI would be Theory-friendly enough my tastes.
  4. I'm wondering if you kind people have found any good resources for understanding the professional life of Communications scholars. Job market reports are fine, but I'm also looking for more qualitative accounts of what being a Communications professor is like. For instance, what is the culture around publications and conference attendance? I'm especially interested in the impressions of people who have completed/are completing an MA, or are going through their PhD programs right now. There's a lot of ambiguity in this field, which makes this a harder task than say, Sociology, where a plethora of such resources exist. I'm particularly interested in Rhetoric and Media Studies subfields, as opposed to say, communication sciences or journalism. So, your thoughts on these fields are especially appreciated
  5. Hi everyone, This is my first post on the gradcafe site. I've read things here throughout the years but finally decided I have a question I can't find the answer to elsewhere! I am currently applying to grad (PhD) programs for Fall of 18 in Rhetoric or Communications with a focus in rhetoric. I am finishing up my applications, but I was really hoping to get more information on Michigan Technological University's PhD in Rhetoric, Theory, & Culture. I know I should just ask the program directly, but there are only so many questions I can send out before feeling like a nuisance. I am really just interested in funding (what kind of budget I could expect while there), their reputation in the field of rhetorical studies, job placement, or the experiences of any former or current students. I'm guessing the program is too obscure to get a response on here, but any information would help. Thanks y'all! --j
  6. I'm applying for MA programs in composition and rhetoric. My academic and professional background reflects education and editing. (I currently work in technical writing. During undergrad, I student taught high school English and tutored in my university's writing center. I also spent a year copyediting the university newspaper.) I graduated with my BA in English in January 2016. Shortly thereafter, I landed my current job. In May of 2016, a history professor at my university contacted me and asked me to edit her book manuscript. She had asked one of my former English professors if he knew any good student editors, and he recommended me. Over the next three months or so, I edited a sizable chunk of this manuscript (three chapters and the introduction: about 240 pages in all). I deep-conditioned this manuscript at every level, from reordering paragraphs to fixing punctuation errors. I left comments in the documents explaining many of the changes I made and offering advice. During this process, the professor and I corresponded regularly via email. (I didn't meet her until the manuscript was finished, when we were both craving a few celebratory drinks.) Though I'm sure it goes without saying, she paid me for all this. This summer, she informed me the book had been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press. It will be released in March of 2018, and I'm in the acknowledgements. My two questions are these: Is this experience worth listing on my graduate admissions résumé? If so, what's a good way to go about writing the entry for it? I've been Googling how to list freelance work on résumés, but none of the suggestions I got seemed transferable to a graduate school résumé. I can certainly come up with a list of bullet points for what the work entailed; that's not a problem. I guess I'm wondering what the heading would look like and where on the resume I would put this experience. Is it "work experience," or would it go better under a "related experience" header? Or even "publications"? It seems to blur the line between work and academics. This is what I've got so far. I tried to keep the formatting consistent with the rest of the document: Freelance editing May 2016 - July 2016 Doe, Jane. The Noble History of Socks. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming March 2018. Proofread and copyedited manuscript intended for publication Made global and sentence-level revisions Conferred with author regarding needs, concerns, and goals for manuscript Provided author with targeted feedback What do you think? Is any information missing? Does it look okay? Any suggestions for revision?
  7. Hey all, I've been reading through the information on the forum over the past month or two, and found all of your insights incredibly helpful as I begin the process of researching and applying to graduate programs in composition and rhetoric. I've found that many comp/rhet programs require a master's degree before one is admitted to a PhD program, and those that don't seem to highly value those with a Master's Degree. I have a Master's degree, but am unsure it does me any good. Let me explain: I graduated in 2014 with a BA in English and History, then immediatly began an intensive, 14-month Master's Degree in English Education, graduating in August 2015. My plan has always been to spend 3-4 years teaching at the secondary level before entering a doctoral program, as my primary area of interest is the difference between writing pedagogy at the secondary and university levels (there is a longer version, of course, but I digress). The only difference between my 14-month Master's degree and a traditional two year Master's degree was that it was accelerated--I still conducted research and wrote a thesis, and took all the classes you would expect one to take for a Master's Degree in English Education. However, I'm worried that the accelerated nature of the degree makes it have less meaning/weight with admissions committees. I'm also worried that it will mean nothing if I am to pursue a PhD in comp/rhet because it was not a Master's degree in English. So, my main question/concern: Do PhD programs in Comp/Rhet look specifically for Master's degrees in English and/or Comp/Rhet? Or, would a program such as, say, Michigan or Syracuse admit a student to their PhD program with a Master's degree in a different, but (somewhat?) related field?
  8. (copied from original posting on chronicle) Hey everybody, I've gotten a lot of great feedback from my last topic, which has been very helpful. In expanding my search for comp/rhet MA programs, I've come across many programs that are not exactly comp/rhet, but have at least one of the two fields, or are somehow related. For example, George Mason U's "MA in English with Professional Writing and Rhetoric Concentration" (http://writingandrhetoric.gmu.edu/programs/la-ma-engl-pwr) has the rhetorical element I seek, but it's missing the key compositional pedagogy aspect (which is important to me as somebody who's interested in working in a writing center), and emphasizes instead "workplace writing." On one hand, because I am open-minded about careers outside academia (such as writing coaching jobs in the private sector), this does seem like an appealing way to broaden my credentials in that regard. However, because my main goal still is staying in academia and therefore getting into a great comp/rhet doctoral program, I don't want an MA program that's going to severely limit me in that regard, and many programs like these don't have that distinct comp/rhet feel or focus. I've been using this list heavily, which has many of these types of writing-related but not necessarily comp/rhet fields: http://www.mdcwss.com/directory/ So, I guess my broader question is: just how particular are comp/rhet doctoral programs about the types of MAs they will generally accept? I know that some people make it in with things like linguistics MAs and other indirectly related fields, but I just don't know if I should be limiting my search to strictly comp/rhet (or programs that are clearly steeped in comp/rhet philosophy, regardless of whether they're called "writing studies" or whatever it may be). Relatedly, would an MA that focuses on classical rhetoric (such as Carnegie Mellon's) and doesn't focus much on composition limit me? Because there are so many related but highly differing options, it's hard to know just what I want to go for, and what would be most prudent... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  9. Hey everybody, I am a recent college graduate, long interested in pursuing comp/rhet at the graduate level. I plan to apply this year for fall 2017 admission. Originally, at the behest of my English lit professors and advisors who didn't know any better, I thought I could go straight to the PhD. But in my own research, I've discovered that most people pursuing comp/rhet get their MAs first, so now I'm on the hunt for MA programs. Before I ask any questions, a little bit about myself: I have a plain-old BA in English from a small liberal arts college. I never took any formal classes in either comp or rhet, but I was a writing tutor, I wrote my senior honors thesis using rhetorical theory, worked with the writing center director to formulate an e-tutoring program for our center (in a for-credit independent study that included intensive research on the latest compositional pedagogies related to remote tutoring), I worked for a year as a copyeditor at a major company and am now a teaching assistant in a pre-college writing class, and I'm currently doing rhetoric-based research with the professor who mentored me on my thesis. I have a 3.9+ GPA and graduated with honors and awards in both English lit and communications, as I ran my school's literary magazine for two years and wrote/edited for the paper in a leadership position. In short, I have consistently done things related to writing and editing over my college career and in the year-plus since I've graduated. I think I will love this field. I like to think I have a competitive application despite my lack of experience in actual comp/rhet classes. My goal is to attend a fully funded master's program in something that can help me apply for comp/rhet PhD programs later on down the line. So, my main concerns are as follows: -Assuming a decent GRE score and SOP (and other common application elements), will my background likely make me a competitive candidate for funded programs? I know this is subjective and can highly vary, but unlike with more common programs (such as lit) it's harder to tell what my standing really is. -If I apply to MA programs in English with a concentration or focus in composition and/or rhetoric (as opposed to a direct Master in Rhetoric, such as in Carnegie Mellon), does this still put me in good standing to apply to Comp/Rhet PhD programs later on? Maybe this is a dumb question, but I don't want to apply to a regular English program that only has informal concentrations in comp/rhet, only to discover that no reputable comp/rhet PhD program will take it. And I guess the larger concern is what types of programs are beneficial to doctoral study later on, versus which programs are not. -Does anybody know of good MA programs in comp and/or rhet in the northeast (or within driving distance of NYC(? I've been referring to this list, http://www.mdcwss.com/directory/, but it seems somewhat incomplete and only focuses on writing specialties as opposed to rhetorical specialties (e.g., it only refers to Carnegie Mellon's MA in Professional Writing but not its MA in Rhetoric, it doesn't have Hofstra's Master's in Rhetorical studies, etc.). So far, I'm looking at Penn State, U Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Hofstra, LIU Brooklyn, CUNY College of NY, and Rutgers. A link to a list, or any informal recommendations, would be greatly appreciated! I'll also note that I understand I may have to broaden my horizons, so I'm researching further-away programs, in the Midwest especially (Purdue, Ohio State, etc.). -If a program offers both a PhD and an MA, and doesn't explicitly say you need a master's for the PhD, should I just apply for the PhD if that's what I ultimately want? For example, Carnegie Mellon has the MA in Rhetoric and a PhD -- should I just shoot for the PhD in the hopes I can at least be accepted into the MA? Or should I be hyper-specific and just apply for the MA if I think that's my best bet? -Should I reach out to people in the program (the director, or professors I admire) if I want to maximize my chances? If I have a particular question then I will of course, but I'm asking if it's beneficial to express interest via email well in advance of my formal application. I hear this is common in the sciences but not in the humanities, but I'm unsure. -Is a "graduate certificate" in comp and/or rhet worth anything? Specifically for applying to doctoral programs, or pursuing a writing- or editing-related field. It seems much less legit than a pure MA, but I'm not sure. And I think that's about it. I know that's a lot, but I don't have much institutional support and I am relying on these forums and my own research! If anybody has answers to these questions, or any other general advice, I would sincerely appreciate it!
  10. Question for you current PhDs: Does a great POI compensate for a program that has other failings? The two programs I'm trying to choose between are similar in rank, offers of funding, and job placement rate, but school A has the better facilities and more money for research/travel. School B has fewer faculty and less travel funding, but it has the POI I've wanted to work with since I first started applications. POI at school B has been the thesis advisor for a lot of rising stars in my field, and he has a broader range of research experience than the POI at school A. This is good for me, because I'd like to explore different avenues of research. However, he doesn't publish as voraciously these days as the POI at school A. POI at school A also has a lot of impressive things on her resume that POI at school B doesn't. Could a dearth of published materials from school A POI indicate more of a focus on teaching/advising PhD students? Or am I better off going with school B POI, who's more of a powerhouse, even though the impression I got from her is that she may be more hands-off when it comes to student research? Or should I be more concerned with the overall program and department, and not get so bogged down with POI details?
  11. I was just wondering if anyone is applying to these programs for the Fall 2012 and how your applications are going. It would be nice to talk to people in the same boat and maybe compare notes. (This also applies to grad students currently in these programs.)
  12. http://www.manifestoformediaeducation.co.uk/2011/02/antonio-lopez/ I just wanted to share a manifesto (of sorts) with you that has a lot to do with the disconnect between the humanities and environmentalism. Thoughts? Someone else made a post in this forum asking about rhetoric programs that have an environmental focus, so I'd also like to reiterate that question: do you know of any programs like this (MA or PhD), or maybe programs where the English/Rhetoric faculty have a significant interest in environmentalism? Thanks!
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