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Graduate Students of English Organization

The Graduate Students of English (GSE) is an organization open to all enrolled members of the graduate program in the Department of English. It is committed to maintaining an official forum for debate and the exchange of information among graduate students in English, and it acts as the primary liaison between the graduate students and the graduate director. The GSE also works to increase graduate student participation in department activities, as well as facilitates the training and professional development of graduate students. The GSE serves as an advocate for graduate students in matters such as funding, benefits, teaching loads, course offerings, and the academic structure and direction of the department and the graduate school.

With these ultimate goals in mind, the GSE hosts monthly department-wide graduate student meetings and other formal activities such as professional development seminars. The GSE also is committed to the transmission of information, through maintaining a Facebook page, and a Blackboard site. Additionally, the GSE hosts both formal and informal social events throughout the year. In short, the GSE strives to make the experience for UT graduate students more enjoyable and more productive.

Contact Information:

Chair: Alli Clymer aclymer1@vols.utk.edu
Vice Chair: Hannah Widdifield hwiddifi@vols.utk.edu
PhD Rep: Melinda Backer mborchers@vols.utk.edu
PhD Rep: Katie Condon kcondon2@vols.utk.edu
MA Rep: Emily Bonner ebonner2@vols.utk.edu
MA Rep: Joe Wilson jwils178@vols.utk.edu
MFA Rep: Mollie Swayne mswayne@vols.utk.edu
Communications Director: Allie Burns phr619@vols.utk.edu
Secretary/ Treasurer: Amy Smith asmit281@vols.utk.edu
Social Chair: Kimberly Turner kturne29@vols.utk.edu
GSS Liaison: Julie Cruz jcruz3@vols.utk.edu

 

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