Advising and Support

The program offers three sources of advising, as explained below. Some issues will also involve the College of Arts and Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA) office, located at 201 Colbourn Hall.

Writing & Rhetoric Degree Programs Office

First, the Degree Programs office oversees student advising and provides advising at key points in your experience, including your start in the program and your graduation approval at the end. Program Advisors Adele Richardson ( and Marcy Galbreath ( as well as Program Director Dr. Laurie A. Pinkert ( coordinate advising with the help of Programs Assistant Stephanie Livigni ( The Degree Programs office maintains a file for and tracks the progress of each student in the program.

Our office will stay in contact with you throughout your time in the program through a number of ways; we will host workshops and social events, send you materials (e.g., flyers describing courses) via the B.A. email list, and periodically review your progress with you in advising sessions. We hold regular open advising hours each term, and you can make an appointment for an advising session by emailing

DWR Faculty

Our faculty are another good source of advising information, particularly about what courses are like, which courses to take, opportunities for getting more involved, and possible internship/job/or grad school opportunities.