GTA Information

GTA positions offer a stipend of $12,000 per year for teaching two courses each term, with a tuition waiver (student is responsible for student fees). A limited number of Lawrence Sanders Fellowships ($15,000 the first year and $18,000 the next two years, plus tuition waiver), are also available on a competitive basis. All students applying for a GTA will be considered for the enhanced positions. Assignments involve teaching first year writing courses. From time to time we have a limited number of Research Assistant positions available.

For your first Fall semester with a GTA, you're required to enroll in ENC 6700: Studies in Composition Methodology and Theory and ENG 6925: Colloquium in English; our graduate advisor will enroll you in these courses. You're also required to attend mandatory orientation workshops the week before the Fall semester begins. Holding the assistantship requires that you register for three courses in the graduate program each semester, or one course in addition to ENC 6700 and ENG 6925. Please contact the English Graduate Advisor to assist in registration. In combination with your coursework, your teaching assistantship comprises a full-time commitment and is given with the expectation that you do not have additional employment. We expect you to give your coursework and teaching duties a high priority.

MFA students who have taken CRW 6024: Teaching Creative Writing and have taught for two consecutive semesters have the opportunity to apply to be a GTA for the undergraduate Creative Writing class CRW 3010: Creative Writing.

The Graduate College offers several fellowships for current graduate students.  Also, the financial aid office offers scholarships for graduate students. There is not a graduate student scholarship section on their website, but if the scholarship doesn't specifically say "undergraduate," then graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please direct questions about your GTA position to the Director of Writing Programs, Wendy Hinshaw or your graduate advisor, Erin Kiley.