Annual Report 2010

Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry

The POROI certificate program has become more centered on graduate student success in graduate school and in the job market.

The certificate's coursework provides grad students with encouragement to publish while in school, to move ideas into theses, to study the history of influential ideas, and to engage in interdisciplinary study. POROI offered its first Graduate Student Success workshop, "Applying for Academic Jobs," last year. POROI is working with the Graduate College to offer six workshops in 2010-2011.

POROI is also shifting its epistemological orientation. The new generation of scholars in POROI (such as Gigi Durham, Naomi Greyser, Andre Brock, Deborah Whaley) are interested in critical and cultural studies and approaches to knowledge production. One manifestation of this vision is the Critical Whiteness Symposium the program hosted Sept 23-24, 2010. The Symposium engaged students, faculty, and community members in critical conversations to expand questions of race to consider pressing contemporary and historical issues of power, privilege, and invisibility associated with whiteness.

Reasons students pursue POROI Certificate

  • Provides an academic advantage—POROI gives students a competitive edge in the job market by adding an emphasis in rhetoric, interdisciplinary inquiry, and writing across the curriculum fields.
  • Launches careers quickly—POROI shortens students' time to graduation by helping them efficiently navigate and complete the dissertation writing process.
  • Aids publication process—POROI gives students the tools to get published before entering the job market.
  • Broadens perspectives—POROI offers unique interdisciplinary feedback not found in other departments and helps students cultivate habits of interdisciplinary study and research through reading, writing, and discussion.
  • Encourages student interaction—POROI offers an active, sympathetic community in which student participation is encouraged and valued.
  • Offers one-on-one instruction—POROI provides mentoring with a diverse faculty.
  • Provides complete communications training—POROI enhances students' abilities to argue in oral, written, and multimedia forms.
  • Helps students discover thought pathways that will enhance their work—POROI encourages students to cross conceptual and institutional boundaries that appear to separate the arts, humanities, and professions.