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The Graduate English Advocacy Resource (GEAR) is a ten member elected committee whose purpose is to promote the interests of English students in the department and in the university, to act as a conduit to the faculty on behalf of the English Graduate Student body, and to further develop the quality of graduate education and overall learning environment with the department. Specifically, GEAR will establish personal and social contact among graduate students and faculty by promoting social events. Also, it will assist the English faculty in promoting activities and relationships between English academics and professionals in related disciplines as well as advocate for the compensational concerns of English graduate students, which may include teaching loads, travel funds, benefits, and health care. In previous semesters, GEAR has organized information sessions on thesis/dissertation preparation and the Ph.D. application process, and members help new students become acclimated to life in Tallahassee and at FSU.

How can GEAR help you?

If you are a prospective student with questions about the program, an incoming student trying to get acclimated to the department and life in Tallahassee, or a current student who has concerns about your experience in the department, we are here to help you! Feel free to contact GEAR at with your questions or concerns.

GEAR on Facebook!

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Please follow our Facebook group.
We are very concerned about ensuring the experience of English graduate students at Florida State University is as enjoyable as possible.
Our Facebook group functions as yet another way for us to interact with our constituents.

Be a part of the process! Let us know what we can do better.