readwriterun Posted March 1, 2017 Share Posted March 1, 2017 Hi y'all! I was wondering who here is pursuing a PhD in rhetoric and composition. It seems like most of the lovely people here are in literature. How do you decide on programs? Does ranking influence your decision the way it does those of you studying literature? What specific factors did you look for when you chose a program? For context: I'm an r/c applicant currently accepted to four programs, waitlisted at two, and waiting to hear back from two more. I'm trying to decide which factors should matter most in the decision-making process. Obviously fit and funding are huge, but what else should I be considering? All of my programs are relatively well-known in the field, but I don't know how to evaluate which ones are stronger. Placement seems relatively uniform from program to program with around 80-90% students graduating with full-time tenure-track jobs. One of my wait-listed schools is the only obviously more highly ranked program, but I have no idea how to gauge the others. Each one has scholars that I would like to work with, alumni who have landed cool jobs and are publishing interesting things, and relatively low costs of living. I've been offered a pretty sweet fellowship at one program that would give me two years of support without teaching and two years with teaching, so I'm leaning there; but I don't know if it'd be better to hold out for an ostensibly higher-ranked school. Any insight would be appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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