Preparing for Orientation

(…as well as work and school in general)

Your welcome letter, which you’ll receive via snail mail, will give you information about what you should do to prepare for orientation. But if you want to be super-prepared, consider doing the following:

  • Visit our About page and look over the Learning Outcomes and the Instructor’s Guide. In the Instructor’s Guide (which is a long document), use the table of contents to focus on the sections that pertain to your specific job.
  • Meet the team. These are the people who administrate the Writing Program. Some of them are fellow graduate students whose jobs are to help you as a Writing Program instructor, but you’ll also see us in your classes.
  • Check the blog or the calendar for the schedule for orientation. (The blog will have more detailed descriptions, but the calendar might be easier to print.) The tentative schedule should usually be posted by May. Orientation is generally held during the two weeks before classes start in August.
  • Check out the website for the Department of English website to get other information about your new intellectual home. This site includes information on assistantships and the Graduate Handbook. It also includes information on upcoming course offerings.
  • Feel free to ask additional questions on the Writing Program’s Facebook page.
  • Contact us (  if you have any other questions. We’ll be happy to hear from you!