At each stage along the way, students have professional development opportunities, both formal and informal. The following are just a sampling of the workshops, meetings, roundtables, courses, spaces, and other opportunities graduate students have along the way to support the successful completion of their degrees.
First year TAs at Florida State, regardless of previous teaching experiences, meet weekly in a one-credit class with Dr. Deborah Coxwell Teague, director of the first year composition program, to discuss challenges and opportunities of teaching in the program. They also develop syllabi for second semester courses in the program.
When students have a full working manuscript, they can apply to be part of a one-credit hour workshop, providing and receiving feedback on their manuscript. The workshop ends with everyone submitting their writing for publication in a journal, book collection, or other venue.
Students can sign up for a one-credit hour workshop to develop professional ePortfolios for the job market. Students are provided theory, models, and opportunities for feedback on their work. Here are some examples of ePortfolios produced by students in the program:
The program regularly provides workshops and feedback for students preparing conference materials: from conference proposals to expectations for first time presenters or session chairs.
As a way to support PhD students as they prepare for their preliminary exams and to assist them as they write their dissertations and prepare for the job market, the Rhet/Comp program holds regular informal meetings led by faculty.
The English Department as well as the Rhetoric and Composition program offer a range of support structures to help prepare graduate students for the rigors of the academic job market. We offer faculty and student panels to provide multiple perspectives on applying for positions, workshops for job materials (e.g., CVs, letters, writing samples, teaching philosophies, etc.), mock interviews with cross-disciplinary faculty committees, practice Skype or phone interviews, preparation for campus visits, and other support along the way. Graduates of the Rhetoric and Composition program at FSU have faired extremely well on the job market, which you can see by visiting the "Alumni" page.
The Reading Writing Centers and Digital Studios offer space and support for graduate students' work in their writing, research, and teaching. To find out more about how these sites function, visit their respective pages at http://wr.english.fsu.edu/.