Under the mentorship of some of the best scholars in the field, and through the opportunity to work in various academic/professional projects, I was able to gain tremendous amounts of knowledge, skills and experiences in four years of my doctoral work at the University of Louisville.
In the first two years, I did the following coursework:
> Composition Theory (Min-Zhan Lu)
> Research Methods in Composition (Joanna Wolfe)
> Politics of Language (Bruce Horner)
> Narrative Theory and Composition (Debra Journet)
> Biology, Technology, and Composition (Marilyn Cooper, visiting, Michigan Tech U)
> Teaching English as a Second Language (Karen Mullin)
> Popular Culture and Literacy (Bronwyn Williams)
> Nineteenth Century American Literature (Susan Ryan)
> African American Literature (David Anderson)
> Postmodern Culture (Thomas Byers), and
> Queer Theory (Karen Kopelson).
> Digital Media and Composition (Cynthia Selfe and Scott Dewitt, The Ohio State University
In addition to completing coursework and qualifying exams and teaching composition and literature courses as a GTA, the doctoral program allowed me to develop professionally through working in service and administrative positions in and beyond the English Department. While taking the fellowship in the first year, I supported the Center for Teaching and Learning (Delphi Center) as an instructor of academic technologies; during the second year, I worked as an Assistant Director of Composition and as a graduate research assistant to the Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (Graduate School); I continued my research assistant position with the Dean into the third year in the doctoral program, while teaching composition courses part of the time. As a doctoral student, I also got the opportunities to be involved in student organizations, lead and organize professional development workshops, mentor new graduate students and serve as a student ambassador for the graduate school, serve on search and planning committees, participate in shared governance initiatives, and work on a grant project. In short, the four years of my doctoral education at UofL have been most stimulating and productive both professionally and intellectually.