DEPARTMENT OF WRITING AND RHETORIC
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi was established in 2009 in response to a five-year Quality Enhancement Plan aimed at improving student writing in all disciplines. The department administers the University’s writing centers on the Oxford, DeSoto, and Tupelo campuses; it also directs composition courses for first-year students (WRIT 100, WRIT 101, WRIT 102, and LIBA 102) as well as WRIT 250 (formerly ENGL 250). W&R supports the teaching of writing in all disciplines, and offers workshops on designing writing assignments and responding to student writing as a part of their Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.
DIVISION OF OUTREACH
The Division of Outreach and Continuing Education seeks to complement the mission and vision of the University through the breadth and diversity of the programs it offers the students at The University of Mississippi regardless of their campus-affiliation.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI WRITING PROJECT
The University of Mississippi Writing Project seeks to empower teachers to improve thinking, writing, teaching, and learning through access, diversity, and equity; through relevant and current teaching practices; and through teacher expertise, leadership, and reflection.
MISSISSIPPI EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING PROGRAM
The Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program (METP) is a collaboration between the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and Mississippi State University (MSU) to attract top-performing students to an innovative new teacher education program using one of the most valuable scholarships ever offered in the state.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
The College of Liberal Arts provides the general education component of the University undergraduate degree programs, offers degree programs in liberal education to all of its own students, and extends the boundaries of scholarship in all of the varied disciplines associated with the humanities, fine arts, natural sciences, and social sciences. Its faculty seek not only to offer a sound curriculum but also to encourage the development of graduate study and to stimulate research, which is vital to good teaching and faculty growth. Liberal Arts faculty members participate actively in making the resources of the University useful to the general public and in shaping the cultural life of the institution.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
At The University Of Mississippi School of Education, undergraduate and graduate programs prepare candidates to be an inspiration to students, effective professional educators and advocates for diverse learners. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty who are successful authors and researchers serve as mentors throughout the candidate’s teacher-preparation program.
CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was established in 2007 to promote student learning by continually improving teaching at The University of Mississippi. The Center works to provide resources and assistance to faculty members related to their teaching endeavors.
Recognizing that learning is a process that needs constant attention and refinement, the Center works to promote an ongoing, university-wide discussion about teaching and learning issues. It is essential that faculty be engaged in dialogue about teaching and learning issues so that we can continue to adapt to the changing technology, student body, and understanding in our fields.
Lumen provides a simple, well-supported path for faculty to teach with open educational resources inside their own learning management systems.
Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Serving the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide, Cengage welcomes every student and designs tools that make learning accessible to all.
Erin Condren is an online boutique for planners, stationary, and other gifts, many of which are designed specifically for teachers. This organization has generously donated door prizes and swag bag items tailored to meet the particular needs of educators.
Square Books is a general independent bookstore in three separate buildings (about 100 feet apart) on the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi and many great writers, including William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, and, for a time, both Willie Morris and John Grisham. The main store, Square Books, is in a two-story building with a cafe and balcony on the second floor; Off Square Books is a few doors down from the main store and has lifestyle sections such as gardening and cookbooks; and Square Books, Jr., the children’s bookstore, is in a building on the east side of the square. Square Books is known for its strong selection of literary fiction, books on the American South and by Southern writers, a large inventory of reduced-price remainders, and its emphasis on books for children. The store hosts the popular Thacker Mountain radio show and over 150 author events a year.
Rebel Rags is an Oxford, Mississippi retailer of all things Ole Miss. This organization has generously donated door prize giveaways for our symposium over the years.
Visit Oxford on the Oxford Square offers hospitality to visitors with information, maps, brochures, coupons, and more. On their website, they describe Oxford this way: “Nestled in the Hills of North Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi is the home of the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss. Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner made his home here and found inspiration in the people and places of Oxford and Lafayette County which he fictionalized in his Jefferson and Yoknpatawpha County. Oxford has been featured in a publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Budget Travel, Southern Living and Garden and Gun. Many writers have followed in Faulkner’s footsteps, making Oxford their home over the years adding to the literary reputation Oxford has become renowned for including: Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris and John Grisham to name a few. Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences including James Beard award-winning chef and owner of five restaurants, John Currence. From down home cooking to upscale culinary creations, Oxford is a food lovers delight.”