Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships (3–5 per year)

As a teaching assistant, you will receive a stipend of approximately $1,260 for the first semester and approximately $5,271 per semester for teaching 2 classes in the second, third and fourth semesters. Teaching assistantships also include partial-tuition waivers for up to 6 credit hours. Positions are renewed on a year-to-year basis, with satisfactory reviews, and will expire after a term of 2 years.

Teaching Apprenticeships (2–4 per year)

Competitively awarded, our teaching apprenticeships include partial-tuition waivers for up to 3 credit hours per semester for the first semester. A partial tuition waiver for up to 6 credit hours and a stipend of approximately $5,271 will be awarded in the second, third and fourth semesters. You will work closely with full-time faculty members teaching composition or literature classes; duties may include working one-on-one with students, leading discussion groups, teaching entire classes, assisting with grading and discussing pedagogies with faculty members. You will be required to teach 2 classes in the second, third and fourth semesters. Positions are renewed on a year-to-year basis, with satisfactory reviews, and will expire after a term of 2 years.

Research Assistantship (1 per year)

Our research assistantship includes a partial-tuition waiver for up to 3 credit hours per semester for a total of 2 semesters. If selected, you will work closely with 1 or more faculty members during fall and spring semesters. Depending on needs, you may be expected to assist faculty with research projects, provide outreach for the Master of Arts in English Program and/or the Department of English, work on projects with the program director and assist with event planning, hosting authors and scheduling events. You will be expected to work 8–10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. This position is reviewed at the end of the semester and expires after 1 year.

Weber-The Contemporary West Assistantship (1 per year)

This position includes a partial tuition waiver for up to 3 credit hours per semester for a total of 2 semesters. If selected, you will work closely with Editor Dr. Michael Wutz and Managing Editor Alexandria Thompson on the professional academic journal Weber-The Contemporary West. Tasks will include on- and off-campus marketing outreach, image research and procurement, layout and web-based work, pre-sorting of manuscripts, occasional correspondence and editing assignments. You will be expected to work 8–10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. This position is reviewed at the end of the semester and expires after 1 year.

Conference Travel Funding

We encourage you to present your papers at professional conferences in the United States and overseas, and we can underwrite up to $500 in travel costs following the submission and acceptance of your travel proposal to the program director. The Graduate Student fund from the Office of Undergraduate Research also provides monies upon submission and acceptance of a travel proposal. Past students have presented at conferences in Canada, Illinois, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, New Mexico, Taiwan and elsewhere. 

Editorial Positions with Aelerus Graduate Student Journal

Aelerus is a student-run academic journal focused on literary-critical writing. Submissions to the journal come from around the country, including Georgia, California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Idaho, South Carolina and Utah. All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed. You can apply for one of Aelerus’ editorial positions, which include editor-in-chief, associate editor and managing editor, among others.