Hello and welcome to Lehigh University’s Graduate Writing Support! My name is Yvonne Lee, and I am the Director of this new program. Though the Graduate Life Office has been developing programs to assist graduate writers for a number of years, this is the first year there is a dedicated person to work specifically with graduate writers across campus, and we are excited to explore the possibilities of this office!
Just to give you a little background on me. I graduated in May 2020 with a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Kent State University, and I have 13 years of experience in the field of Writing Studies with a focus in Writing Centers. Throughout my academic career, I have worked as a peer and professional writing tutor, Writing Center Assistant Director, Writing Instructor, and Policy Coordinator. My dissertation and current research interests center on the needs and experiences of graduate student writers.
The Graduate Writing Support program promises you access to thoughtful programming and activities that will promote your growth as academic writers. Throughout the upcoming year, we will be offering individual writing consultations, a Writing Studio designed for the unique needs of graduate writers, an annual 3-minute thesis competition, private presentation practice rooms, writing retreats, writing workshops, writing groups, and writing resources.
In the early part of the first fall semester, I will be sending out a needs assessment survey to all graduate students and faculty who work with graduate students. The purpose of this survey is to determine what writing support is already in place here at Lehigh and what writing support is needed. After this initial survey, I will send out an annual satisfaction survey to make sure our programming is meeting the needs of our graduate community.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have ideas for how we can better support our graduate writers.
Thank you, and good luck to you on your journey toward a graduate degree!
Yvonne Lee, PhD