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TSI Instructor Awarded Whiting Grant

Joshua Roebke

An instructor with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a recipient of this year’s Whiting Foundation grant for creative nonfiction. Joshua Roebke is one of six awarded $35,000 to finish writing his book, The Invisible World: The Story of Physics in the 20th Century. Roebke is an instructor for UGS 309: Analytical Reading and Writing, a TSI course that provides students help strengthening their writing skills. Roebke is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute for Historical Studies. TSI provides developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills for students who need improvement in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

“The grant certainly will allow me to finish my book, finally, but it will never replace the joy that I have working with our students,” Roebke said. “Perhaps it will even inspire them to write more.”

The Whiting Foundation awards grants for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; this is the first year the foundation has awarded grants for creative nonfiction. Past grantees include David Foster Wallace, Alice McDermott, and Jonathan Franzen.

“This award solidifies our belief that Joshua brings great talent and experience to his work with TSI students,” said Lawrence Abraham, associate dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. “I appreciate his interest and commitment to helping students build skills, confidence, and interest in written communication.”

photo by Christian Castro