The Department of English offers two forms of Graduate Assistantships: teaching assistantships and Writing Center assistantships. If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, you must submit all required materials by January 15.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The M.A. in English program offers approximately seventeen teaching assistantships over a two-year period, with the number of new assistantships available each fall varying from seven to ten. Assistantships carry stipends of at least $10,451 per year plus a waiver of in-state or out-of-state tuition and fees. They are renewable for a second year given satisfactory performance in both teaching and graduate coursework.
Graduate teaching assistants teach three courses a year, starting with one course in their first semester. In a week-and-a-half workshop before classes begin in the fall, and in a course during their first semester (ENGL 598), they receive intensive training in teaching freshman composition, including mentoring in pedagogy and composition and rhetorical theory.
Teaching Assistants in the M.A. in Technical Communication program have the opportunity to teach an introductory technical communication course in their second year.
Writing Center Assistantships
In addition to the teaching assistantships, the M.A. in English program also offers up to three assistantships in the Writing Center, which carry the same stipend and waiver of tuition/fees. Students interested in this position must apply for a teaching assistantship, but also include an additional page in their application that discusses their experience with and interest in writing center work (see directions below). This assistantship may be renewed for a second year, given satisfactory performance in the Center and in graduate work, but a student may choose to switch to a teaching assistantship instead.
The graduate writing center assistant is responsible for holding several consultation hours in the Center each week, for mentoring new consultants, for designing and producing resource materials for students and professors, and for helping the Director coordinate writing workshops and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) activities. Previous experience in a writing center is highly encouraged.
Students interested in a Writing Center assistantship must apply for a teaching assistantship (see application instructions below) and include an additional page in their application that discusses their experience with and interest in Writing Center work (see directions below).
How to Apply for Assistantships (Deadline: January 15)
To apply for an assistantship, follow the instructions for applying for the M.A. program of your choice (Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, or Technical Communication). In addition to preparing those application materials, complete the following:
- Submit all required M.A. in English program application materials by January 15, in addition to the following materials.
- Compose a one-page, single-spaced statement indicating why you would like this assistantship, what special qualifications you bring to it, and how the experience will affect your later professional plans.
- If you are interested in the Writing Center Assistantship, include a second one-page, single-spaced statement that discusses any previous writing center experience you have had and tells why you would like to be considered for this position.
- Include a curriculum vita or resume.
- Complete the Teaching Assistantship for English Composition Application form. Your responses to the questions and the student essay in this application offer us more information about your background. We believe that as writers and students you have had enough experience to assess how a piece of writing can be improved.
Submit the above materials, as well as all application materials for the M.A. program of your choice, through the Graduate College Admissions Application system.
Note that to be considered for an assistantship, all application materials (for both the M.A. program and the assistantship) must be received by January 15.
FOR CURRENT M.A. IN ENGLISH STUDENTS
To apply for a Teaching Assistantship (and a Writing Center Assistantship), complete the following steps:
- Complete items 2-5 above
- Obtain three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic work.
For current students, all Assistantship application materials must be submitted directly to the director of the program you are applying to. Students are responsible for making sure that all application materials have been received.