Graduate Student Role What follows is an outline of your role. You will need to improvise to some extent – be creative but try to stay within the bounds of what seems realistic. After several sleepless nights, you have made an appointment to talk to the graduate program director in your department. The adviser is known for supporting students; easy to talk to and a very nice person. You really hope that talking to the graduate program director is the right thing to do, and you don’t have any other ideas about how to handle the situation. You have had some struggles in your graduate program. You are on academic probation and have complained about faculty members in the past. However, you have never filed a formal complaint. You have been working on a chapter with your adviser, Randall Plottner. He was invited to write the chapter for a forthcoming book. You started working on this project after Professor Plottner handed you the letter inviting him to write the chapter and suggested that this would be a good project for you. You have a copy of the letter with a note from Professor Plottner scrawled across the bottom is a note saying “Take a stab at this. --RP” You have also gathered together almost all of your drafts; there have been so many, you’re not really sure you have them all, but you have at least five or six different versions.