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Graduate director's blog for the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program at Texas Tech University

Archive for January, 2010

Christy Barbee to Leave as of Feb 5

Posted by Joyce on January 25, 2010

After seven years of service as the department’s graduate program assistant, Christy Barbee is leaving the Department of English for a promotion to Unit Coordinator at the TTU Advising Center. Christy’s final day here will be February 5.

The 2005 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for exceptional service, Christy has always been conscientious about the job she does and has contributed daily to both the efficiency and humanity of the department.

She has organized the annual Graduate Student Recruiting Weekend, bringing approximately 30 prospective students to campus to meet with faculty and other students. In this effort, she has coordinated lodging and catering as well as transportation to and from the airport and managed travel reimbursements to visitors and payments to hotels and restaurants. She has been indefatigable in making sure that all invited guests (both students and their partners) were taken care of before, during, and after their visit and would leave with a positive impression of Texas Tech University and the Department of English.

She has made sure that correspondence with prospective students is timely, friendly, and informative and has been meticulous in keeping track of applications and admissions. She has carefully prepared the letters to admitted students, including specifications for their stipends and the duties associated with their appointments as GAs/TAs/GPTIs.

She has assisted with scholarships and awards, tracking applications, creating and printing award certificates, and assisting faculty in organizing the department’s annual awards reception.

She has always made time to visit with graduate students and to appreciate their anxieties and difficulties (financial, emotional, and cultural) in adjusting to Lubbock and managing graduate school.

She has tackled a growing job (growing with the graduate programs) with impressive sensitivity, courage, creativity, and grace. She has adapted to change and risen to challenges, always ready to offer a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. We are immensely grateful that she did all of this with us and for us.

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Graduation checklist

Posted by Joyce on January 19, 2010

If you’re planning on graduating in may, please do a couple of things.

First, make sure you fill out and submit an intent to graduate form (available at the grad school’s website)

Second, please plan on meeting university deadlines:

  • MATC portfolio option: portfolio due March 21st.
  • MATC thesis option: thesis defense must take place by March 25th
  • PhD: dissertation defense must take place by March 25th.

Third, please drop me a line so I can double check your degree plan for accuracy.

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Annual Review Schedule Set

Posted by Joyce on January 17, 2010

Please mark your calendars for your doctoral annual reviews:

Overview and instructions, Jan 29th, 9:00 – 10:00

Annual reviews: Feb 12 and Feb 19

Times for the 2 days of annual reviews will depend on faculty and student availability. If you have particular limits, please let me know. I’ll have room numbers and specific times on the 29th.

Please see for our program’s policies.

The Graduate School catalog ( says the following about our requirements to conduct annual reviews:

Annual Review. The Graduate School strongly encourages faculty in each doctoral program to conduct a formal review of their students’ progress at least once each year. From the third year onward, such review is required. Any student not making satisfactory progress may be placed on probation and given conditions to meet to stay in the program. Continued unsatisfactory progress in any area of a student’s work will be cause for dismissal.

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Towner Defense Scheduled 2/5/10

Posted by Joyce on January 8, 2010

Emil Towner will defend his dissertation in Lubbock February 5th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Emil is in the M-squared cohort of the online PhD program and his committee is Zdenek (chair), Baake, and Dragga.

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