The Graduate Students of English (GSE) is an organization open to all enrolled members of the graduate program in the English Department of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. It is committed to maintaining an official forum for debate and the exchange of information among graduate students in the Department of 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 and informal activities, such as the Graduate Research Roundtables and sessions in the summer teaching workshops. It also advertises department activities and encourages and helps students to participate actively in these activities. In addition, the GSE organizes professional development seminars in conjunction with the English faculty throughout the year. The GSE is also committed to the transmission of electronic information, through maintaining a web page with links to relevant career development web sites, as well as maintaining the GSE Blackboard Web site. It also serves as a liaison between graduate students and faculty members for relaying, discussing, and resolving graduate student concerns about matters such as course offerings, funding, professional development, and the structure of the graduate program.
In short, the GSE strives to make the experience here for graduate students both more enjoyable and more productive.