How We Began

The following announcement of nextGEN's founding was distributed on April 5, 2018:


On behalf of the efforts of a start-up team of:

Kyle Larson, Miami University (OH)
Lucy Johnson, Washington State University
Ashanka Kumari, University of Louisville
Gavin P. Johnson, Ohio State University
Virginia Schwarz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sara Doan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Khirsten L. Echols, University of Louisville
Lou Maraj, Ohio State University
Sweta Gyanu Baniya, Purdue University
the DBLAC organization
and Estee Beck, The University of Texas at Arlington

We are pleased to announce a new international rhetoric and writing graduate student listserv, nextGEN, hosted by The University of Texas at Arlington.

NextGEN provides graduate students with a space to network, collaborate, share knowledge, and engage in critical, supportive, and thought-provoking interdisciplinary writing and rhetoric studies conversations on both a national and international level. More specifically, nextGEN offers these conversations in a space that is moderated by, and produced for, graduate students.

The production of nextGEN was influenced by both a kairotic moment in recent conversations that have transpired on the WPA-listserv as well as a need for a safe(r) space for graduate students to contribute, inquire, and respond to conversations in our field. The start-up team envisions the nextGEN listserv as a generative space for discussion focused on the needs of the next generation of teachers and scholars of rhetoric and writing studies.

We’re excited about this opportunity to build a networked community of graduate students–who are the future of our field. Providing a place where our voices, research, and collaborations are not only welcomed but also central to the purpose of the space will enrich networking and foster meaningful relationships and dialogues.

The purpose of this space is to create a safe(r) environment for graduate student conversation; however, anyone is welcome to join! The start-up team has drafted a policy statement that we will adhere to in continuing to monitor and sustain the listserv.

Please spread the word and join nextGEN to build a critical, engaged community with us!