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ERIC Number: ED370126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 13
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What They Don't Tell You in Graduate School.
Latchaw, Joan S.
A freshman writing director's first year of teaching was worse than anything she had experienced as a graduate student, although she was trying to be exactly the same kind of teacher she had been as a graduate teaching assistant. Her realization was that she needed to know more about the abilities of her students and adjust her standards or expectations. What had made for a successful graduate student (never bothering with socializing or departmental politics) made for a poorly prepared administrator. College faculty must answer to their students. It is also essential for faculty to assess the values and philosophy underpinning the department, since many major university English departments hold very strong philosophical positions which graduate students and faculty must embrace. The isolationist perspective of graduate school life conflicts with the nature of professional life, where faculty work in committees. Graduate students entering professional life should: (1) keep a low profile the first year; (2) quietly study the school and the department; (3) learn to say no; (4) act in good faith; and (5) ask colleagues for help and advice. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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