Faculty Teaching Excellence Program





Elissa Guralnick, Professor of English, College of Music

In academic writing, the argument is all.  Whatever the discipline, whatever the genre—whether a book, an article, or a proposal for funding—the argument establishes failure or success.  This workshop offers strategies for discovering a cogent thesis from among a welter of illusory choices, for stating the thesis unambiguously, for qualifying it intelligently, for defending it vigorously.

Each workshop will meet three times and enroll three participants.  Each participant will be expected to submit, in advance, a document that has proved troublesome to write or revise.  At the group’s first meeting, these documents will form the basis for discussion.  Participants will then revise and meet again for further discussion of their work.  The goals of the workshop will be to transform the submissions into publishable documents. 

During the Spring 2009 semester, four workshops will be offered.  Attendance at all three meetings of a workshop is required. 

TO ENROLL, please click here, or click the link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  Enrollment in each workshop is limited to the first three registrants. 


Title Date Time
Workshop I Mondays 1/26, 2/2, & 2/9 3:30-5:30 PM
Workshop II Tuesdays 2/3, 2/10, & 2/17 9:00-11:00 AM
Workshop III Wednesdays 2/18, 2/25, & 3/4 1:00-3:00 PM
Workshop IV Thursdays 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19 2:00-4:00 PM


This event will be held in ATLAS 233.

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