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 Fall 2008 semester, four workshops will be offered.  Attendance at all three meetings of a workshop is required. 

  Enrollment in each workshop is limited to the first three registrants. 


Title Date Time
Workshop I Mondays 9/8, 9/15, 9/22 3:30-5:30pm
Workshop II Thursdays 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 2:00-4:00pm
Workshop III Wednesdays 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 1:00-3:00pm
Workshop IV Tuesdays 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 9:00-11:00am



This event will be held in ATLAS 233.

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