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Teaching Assistantships

English Master of Arts Program

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Working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant While Studying in the English MA Program

Applicants to our English MA Program should strongly consider also applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, which adds value and professional relevance to the MA Degree.

The word "assistant" is misleading. Our Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) generally take full responsibility for their own section of the First-Year Writing course (and other classes), and receive a wealth of support as they begin this very rewarding classroom experience. GTAs contribute to the collaborative development of the Writing Program.

The GTA Program is kept relatively small so that GTAs become a close-knit unit, working, studying, socializing, and supporting one another through their two-year program.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships can expect to:

  • receive a 90% tuition waiver (amounting to a savings of over $13,000 in tuition costs per year)
  • earn a stipend of just under $6,000 per semester
  • obtain valuable experience teaching a section per semester of WRIT 1120 (College Writing), and tutoring students for seven hours a week in the Writing Workshop (as part of the stipend, equaling a wage rate of $14 per hour)
  • be eligible to apply for fellowships that can cover other costs
  • receive a one-week training session prior to the beginning of the initial fall semester
  • work with a teaching mentor from the graduate faculty
  • study composition theory
  • have an office space to meet with students during regular office hours
  • contribute to faculty and program development workshopsstudents
  • participate in the community of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies


To apply, include the following with your materials submitted for admission via the online application system "ApplyYourself."

  • the Application for Graduate Assistantship form
  • a resume
  • a 1-2 page document outlining your interest in and experience with composition and rhetoric. Though may not have any experience in teaching writing, we do want to know about your experiences with the discipline and the reasons you are interested in teaching it.