Each year the Department of English offers a number of graduate assistantships that involve teaching, tutoring, and related work for the department. The application deadline for application and renewal is March 1; selection of graduate assistants is completed by the English Department School of Graduate Studies Committee.
Full-time graduate assistants receive a $10,000 stipend and full tuition reimbursements in return for twenty hours a week of teaching, tutoring, or other related work for the department. Half-time graduate assistants receive a $5,000 stipend and 6 credits of tuition reimbursement per semester in return for 10 hours a week of teaching, tutoring, or other related work for the department. All Graduate Assistants are required to complete ENG 611 during the first semester, a course that teaches rhetoric and composition theory and methods and requires the completion of a course syllabus for ENG 106, 107, or 111. Graduate students typically tutor in the Writing Center and are trained during their first semester of enrollment. Starting with the second semester, graduate students are typically assigned to teach ENG 106, 107, or 111, along with tutoring in the Writing Center. Graduate students receive mentoring from faculty while they teach and are observed in the classroom each semester they teach.
Assistantships are awarded for one year, and students may reapply for a second appointment.