The Rhetoric and Composition Program is proud of its sense of community. The program includes an energetic, intellectually stimulating, and diverse group of faculty, students, and graduates.
Community among current students and faculty is built through coursework and programmatic events. The core courses build a space wherein students collaborate to explore the discipline of rhetoric and composition. Along with the core courses, students develop a strong community in their teaching practica, and secondary area courses. They work on research projects, and gather to discuss current disciplinary issues. The bi-annual Hutton Lecture Series is yet another place where community is formed as all students and faculty gather to attend presentations by invited scholars in our field, ask questions about the presentations, and gather afterwards for refreshments and less formal discussion. Even after students have completed required coursework and when work on dissertations may become isolating, students working on their dissertations are encouraged to form smaller writing groups in which they share drafts and discuss their projects. In the final year on campus, students on the job market meet regularly with a faculty member to prepare for the job market and to complete their apprenticeship as scholars.
With one of the largest rhetoric and composition program alumni populations in the country, Purdue graduates and students also build a national sense of community through their ongoing interaction. A newsletter listing the accomplishments of alumni, faculty, and students is published regularly and circulated across the community. At conferences around the country, graduate students within the program can count on meeting several alumni. Each year, too, the Conference on College Composition and Communication is the site of a reunion event that draws together faculty, current students, and program alumni.