Don't call me professor" student perceptions of graduate instructor ethos"

Date of Award


Degree Name

M.A. in English


Department of English


Advisor: Patrick W. Thomas


Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique role, a dual identity as both an instructor and a student. Most frequently, Graduate Teaching Assistants in English develop their professional roles as instructors through teacher training and their responsibilities as instructors of record for composition courses. Given that teaching loads for graduate students in English require that these graduate students' professional identities are constructed and performed for a significant number of undergraduate students, it is worth knowing whether and how graduate students' ethos as composition instructors is interpreted by students in their composition courses. The author investigates the relationship between Graduate Teaching Assistant ethos and students' perceptions of the role of composition through a survey and interviews, and analyzes the effect that individual Graduate Teaching Assistants' identities as composition instructors have on undergraduate students.


Graduate teaching assistants Attitudes, Graduate teaching assistants Conduct of life, Composition (Language arts) Undergraduates Attitudes, Undergraduates Attitudes

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