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Archive for April, 2009

List of Dissertations

Posted by Joyce on April 26, 2009

We added a link on the right under “Program” called TCR Dissertations — It’s a link to a page of everyone who has graduated with a PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from this program, along with those who graduated with a PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric, Technical Communication, or Composition before the TCR Program encompassed all of these areas.

We attempted to replace all the old UMI links to dissertations with the more recent Texas Tech’s initiative to digitize and publish its own dissertations through the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation website (

If you’re on this list, please take a look to see if the links to the EDT work, if the abstract is correct, and if the “current position” information is up-to-date.

For current students, the broad availability of dissertations and theses for you—without having to buy a copy or go through inter-library loan—is a tremendous benefit.

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May 09 PhD Annual Review Schedule

Posted by Joyce on April 24, 2009

May 09 Review Schedule

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CRN’s for Variable-Credit Courses, Fall 2009

Posted by Joyce on April 23, 2009

Since you can’t tell what CRN’s you’ve received permits for, especially for variable credit courses like 5000, 7000, and 8000, here’s a list of CRN’s you can use. The list of organized courses ( contains CRN’s for those courses.

ENGL 5000 (professional development hours) – use section 027, CRN 14858 for 3 hours
ENGL 7000 (qualifying exam hours) for 3, 6, or 9 hours, use 027, CRN 22936
ENGL 8000 (dissertation)

  • For local students, use section 027, CRN 22937 for 3, 6, or 9 hours
  • For online students who are Texas Residents, section D21, CRN 21742 for 3, 6, or 9 hours
  • For online students who are non-residents, section D31, CRN 21743 for 3, 6, or 9 hours

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TCR Students Win Departmental Scholarships

Posted by Joyce on April 23, 2009

Please join me in congratulating the following TCR students, who were presented with departmental scholarships at yesterday’s awards ceremony:

  • Gillian Andersen- Susan and Eric Stotzer TC Scholarship
  • Lora Arduser-Carolyn Detjen Rude Scholarship
  • Keisha McKenzie –William Bryan Gates Graduate Award in English
  • Melissa Helquist-Helen Locke Carter Memorial Scholarship

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Summer 2009 CRN’s for 7000, 8000

Posted by Joyce on April 23, 2009

Here are CRN’s for summer 1 and summer 2 sessions. Unless you’re trying to match up a GPTI appointment or the requirements of financial aid or fellowship), you’ll probably sign up for summer 1.

7000 027 (SI=29351, SII=29352)
8000 027 (SI=29353, SII=29354)

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Variable Credit

Posted by Joyce on April 22, 2009

When you register yourself for a course that carries variable credit, double- and triple-check your registration. Why? Because the default hours you get when you sign up for a course is 1.0, and unless that’s what you want, you need to click on that “1.0” and change the hours to 3.0 or 6.0 or 9.0 or whatever we have discussed.

I would fix this in permits except for 2 very important details. First, the permits area of Banner doesn’t have any place for me to indicate the number of hours. All I can do is give you permits with a CRN. Second, none of the variable credit courses in TCR (i.e. 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000) are supposed to require permits in the first place.

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Tricking Registration

Posted by Joyce on April 22, 2009

If you’ve accidentally signed up for the wrong section number of a course that doesn’t require a permit, like 5000, 7000, 8000, you can’t just go into Raiderlink and drop it. Why? I think you can’t drop all your registrations once you’ve got an active one. So here’s what I do for you, and what I’d like you to do for yourselves.

Just do the old switcheroo. Let’s say you accidentally registered for section 003 of 8000 (CRN 55555) and you need section D21 (66666). Since you can’t add more of the same course (it’s variable credit, and the right way to do that is to increase the number of hours, right?), you need to first add a “dummy” course. In this case, let’s add 7000 section whatever (CRN 444444). Once it’s added, then you can drop the offending 8000 (555555). Once it’s dropped, you can add the new 8000 (666666) and drop the dummy course (444444). Voilà.

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Full-time Established for Spring09

Posted by Joyce on April 18, 2009

Better late than never, we finally figured out the labyrinth of bureaucrats needed to contact in order to set the Banner codes properly so that online doctoral students are considered “fulltime” students at 3 hours per semester, 4 courses per year, and May attendance.

If you’ve been waiting on Spring, please check on Monday or Tuesday to make sure financial aid (and I’ve been corresponding with Gloria Priest in that office) has been released.

This isn’t a new policy, and it was working really well until the Banner conversion, but I think we’ve got it figured out so that you’ll get your financial aid and your federal loans timely from henceforth.

Many apologies for the tardiness.

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Booher Accepts

Posted by Joyce on April 14, 2009

I am pleased to report that Amanda Booher has accepted the assistant professor job offer. She will complete the dissertation soon, graduate this summer, and join us in the fall. She will also come for a portion of the May seminar to give a research presentation, meet with students, and house/apartment hunt.

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Variable Credit

Posted by Joyce on April 6, 2009

Under our new registration system, you have to be very careful to monitor the number of units you are actually registered for when you sign up for a variable-credit course like 5000, 7000, or 8000.

Regardless of whether this course requires a permit or not (because the permit doesn’t specify the number of credits for a variable-credit course), when you first register (or are registered), you’ll automatically receive a registration for 1.0 credits of your chosen course.

You still need to click on that “1.0”, which will bring up a separate window in the registration portal, and this is where you can modify the number of hours. Although the interface allows you to choose tenths and hundredths of credits, please don’t do this — positive integers are the only appropriate response. (By the way, it’s the same process for your adviser — there is no shortcut for any of us.)

When you’ve changed your variable credit, double-check your list of semester registrations to verify that the number is correct.

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