Christine Jensen Sundstrom, Coordinator of the Graduate Writing Program (GWP) and an Associate Language Specialist at the University of Kansas, holds a PhD in the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric of Science. In the spring of 2001, she started the GWP to help graduate students study and practice the writing of their disciplines. Using her earlier experience teaching technical writing, ESL, and graduate writing as well as performing technical or professional editing, she designed GS 750: Introduction to Graduate Writing, GS 700: Thesis and Dissertation Writing, GS 720: Grant Proposal Writing, and Thesis and GS 710: Thesis & Dissertation Tutorials. In these classes, students learn to analyze the rhetorical structure of the graduate/professional genres of their field, get practical tips on how to write these genres or specific chapters effectively, and receive frequent feedback on their writing.
In the arena of graduate education, her scholarly interests include mentor-mentee relationships, effective mentoring, studying and teaching disciplinary writing, designing university support systems for graduate students, and using argument structure and genre analysis as lynch pins for teaching disciplinary writing and presenting. Her dissertation, Claim Strength and Argument Structure in International Research Articles: A Case Study Using Chinese, Ukranian, and U.S. Texts, provides a detailed analysis of how cultural contexts affect research articles at both the sentence and text level. She has made presentations on effective mentoring and the design of university graduate support programs. She has published expert briefs on various aspects of graduate writing for the GradShare site for ProQuest. She is currently working on a textbook for Professional Writing.
Her teaching is based on the philosophy that anyone can learn anything if information is presented in the right way. As a result, she will try many different methods of solving writing issues that come up to see what works for a particular student. She sees that work as collaborative, since the graduate students she works with are experts in research in their fields while her expertise is in writing about that research. She finds work with graduate students to be very rewarding.