Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of English currently budgets for eight full-time graduate teaching assistantships, which carry full tuition remission and a stipend of $8,000 per eight-month academic year (September to April). Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded for the two years of the Program, given the standard two-year progression.

Several of these assistantships are committed to current graduate students. To ensure consideration for the limited number of available graduate teaching assistantships, applicants should apply to the Master of Arts in English Program as early as possible and well ahead of the College of Graduate Studies' posted application deadline. For full consideration, applicants for Fall admission must submit all application materials, including GRE scores, by May 1. We encourage early application: graduate teaching assistantships are limited in number and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

All of the Department's funded graduate teaching assistants take ENGL 6010: Teaching Composition, and receive excellent mentoring and support throughout the Program, preparing them for careers in teaching. In their first year, graduate teaching assistants typically observe and assist experienced instructors' teaching of ENGL 1010 and 1020 (English Composition I and II). In the second year, each graduate teaching assistant typically teaches a section of ENGL 1010, and then a section of ENGL 1020, as the instructor of record. Throughout both years, graduate teaching assistants meet weekly for professional development workshops and activities, and each graduate teaching assistant meets weekly with a designated faculty mentor for individualized mentoring. 

To apply for a graduate teaching assistantship, an applicant submits three letters of recommendation, in addition to the other required application materials, when applying for admission to the Master of Arts in English Program. The College of Graduate Studies provides a Letter of Recommendation Form for this purpose. The applicant should complete the top portion of the electronic Form, save the document to the computer desktop or a thumb drive, and then email the saved document to each recommender. Each recommender then completes the Form and emails it to and to the English Department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Brian Williams, at

The applicant must also complete a Graduate Assistantship Application, available on the College of Graduate Studies's Graduate Assistantship page, and submit it to Dr. Williams at 

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