Monday, October 21, 2013

Live in Warm, Sunny Florida for a Few Years!

Networking opportunity for Niagara University students!

Dr. Erin Karper has asked me to pass along this opportunity. She has a friend at the University of South Florida in the master's degree program in rhetoric and composition. This is an up and coming area under the broad umbrella "English" which specializes in teaching writing. An MA is an excellent foundation on which to build a Ph.D. and academic career.

Dr. Karper's friend, Dr. Meredith W. Zoetewey, has invited her to pass along the names and contact information of Niagara University students who might be interested in and qualified  for the comp/rhet MA. Dr. Zoetewey can arrange a telephone or Skype interview, a campus visit, and answer questions about the program.

Of the program itself, Dr. Zoetewey writes: "We value direct contact between students and faculty, as evidenced by the co-authored books, articles, conference presentations, grants, and co-teaching we have completed with our students. We want prospective students know as much as possible about our program and how we can meet their particular interests and goals.

"The Department of English’s graduate students can teach in an innovative First-Year Composition program, awarded a Writing Program Certificate of Excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). They also can teach professional and technical communication courses, including Technical Communication for Health Sciences, Communications for Engineers, and Professional Writing. Advanced doctoral students are eligible for special teaching opportunities that in recent years have included mentoring fellow graduate students in the teaching of FYC [first-year composition]. Additionally, they have taught courses for students within our Professional Writing undergraduate major (e.g., Visual Rhetoric and New Media for Technical Communicators).

"The Rhetoric and Composition program encourages collaboration with research initiatives across the USF campus and the greater Tampa community. Our relationship with the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS), recently named to the Princeton’s Review’s 'Green Rating Honor Roll,' has resulted in special teaching opportunities for our graduate students, dissertation topics, curriculum development, and participation in research grants (

"In addition to being a great place to study, Tampa is a wonderful place to live…. A culturally diverse community, Tampa boasts a number of museums, a thriving performance arts scene, and a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues. Further, the large metropolitan area offers a range of employment opportunities for the partners of our graduate students.  Last but not least, the average high and low temperatures in January and February are 70/52 and 72/54 respectively, perfect for enjoying the many beaches and other recreation opportunities here on the gulf coast."

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