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English Department Graduate Assistantships

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Application Information

Applications for assistantships in the English department are due February 15th for positions beginning the next fall. Students will be notified of awards by April 1st.

Students are also encouraged to apply for other Graduate Assistantships available across the university.

If you are applying for a graduate assistantship in the English department, you need to complete the following:

  • Departmental Graduate Assistant Form
    • please note that the short "personal statement" essay required by question 5 is different from the personal statement you will have submitted with your application to the MA program.
  • Reference Form
    • please note that you need to make two copies of this form and give them to your references to include with their recommendation letters
  • Background Check Waiver Form

Submit all of the above materials to the following address:

Prof. Christine Neufeld, Graduate Coordinator
Department of English Language and Literature
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
cneufeld@emich.edu
734.487.2670

Please make sure your MA application materials have all been received by Graduate Admissions by Feb. 1st. You may ask the persons writing your recommendation letters to address both your qualifications for admission into the MA program and for a graduate assistantship. They should submit one copy of the letter to Admissions and attach a second copy to the GA reference form you've given them to be sent to the address above.

Eligibility by Program for Graduate Assistantships provided by the English Department
Eligibility and Availability
Tasks Next available Who can apply? 10 h 20 h
University Writing Center Consultant Fall 2014 all programs x  
First Year Writing Instructor Fall 2014 all programs x  
Children's Literature Teaching Assistant Fall 2014 Children's Literature MAs preferred x  
Literature Teaching Assistant Fall 2014 Literature MAs preferred x  
Journal of Narrative Theory Editorial Assistant Fall 2015 all programs   x
BathHouse Journal Editorship Fall 2014 Creative Writing MA only x  
BathHouse Reading Series Coordinator Fall 2014 Creative Writing MA only x  
National Writing Project Assistant Fall 2014 Written Communication MA only x  
LINGUIST List Project Assistant Fall 2014 Linguistics MA only   x
Linguistics Teaching Assistant Fall 2014 Linguistics MA only x  
Note: Most full-time (20 hour) Graduate Assistantship appointments in the English department combine two 10 hour tasks. Consequently, unless you are applying to work for LINGUIST List or the Journal of Narrative Theory, you'll need to identify at least two of the 10 hour tasks listed above that interest you (and for which you are eligible) on your application.
University Writing Center Assistantship

The University Writing Center offers part-time (10 hours/week) and full-time (20 hours/week) positions for graduate assistants. UWC consultants provide various forms of support for writers at all stages of the writing process.

For more information, consult the University Writing Center.

First-Year Writing Program Assistantship (Graduate Instructor)

Graduate instructors teach ENGL120:Composition I: Writing the College Experience and ENGL121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience in EMU's First-Year Writing Program. They also collaborate with other FYWP instructors to  develop curriculum, assignments, and activities for ENGL120 and ENGL121 classes. All new graduate instructors must take ENGL596: Teaching Composition at the College Level during the first semester of their assistantship. The class begins two weeks before the start of fall semester and meets every day until the term begins. Then it reverts to a weekly schedule, meeting once per week on Tuesday afternoons. The Department currently has fifteen GAs teaching in the First-Year Writing Program. Graduate instructors are required to hold two office hours per week throughout the semester. For more information, see the First-Year Writing Program section of the site.

Bathhouse Editor Assistantship (exclusive to students in the Creative Writing MA program)

This half-time graduate assistantship requires the student to act as editor-in-chief of the EMU Creative Writing Program's online journal of hybrid arts, Bathhouse. Duties involve full responsibility for on-time production and editing of the journal in consultation with the faculty advisor, organization of the graduate student staff roster and meeting schedule, and design and editing of the journal. Candidates for this position will have some experience or knowledge of graphic design and Web design. Editing experience and an interest in New Media writing and hybrid arts are also a plus.

Teaching Assistantships in Children's Literature and Literature Large Lectures

Graduate assistants assigned to work with a professor who is teaching a large-lecture (150-325 students) version of an introductory course in Children's Literature and Literature have a variety of responsibilities and opportunities. The courses themselves typically include the 100-level series of survey courses in poetry, fiction and/or drama, 200-level courses in Native American and African American literatures, as well as combined sections ENGL 300W. Graduate student teaching assistants in such positions attend lectures, take notes, and (in office hours) help students develop their own note-taking skills. Depending on the professor to whom a GA is assigned, additional duties may include some or all of the following:

  • conducting study sessions prior to and/or following exams
  • drafting and distributing study guides
  • proctoring exams
  • posting and recording grades (and/or other general book-keeping)
  • helping students assess their own performance on exams and/or writing assignments

All GAs also hold office hours for 3-5 hours per week.

LINGUIST List Assistantship (exclusive to students in the Linguistics MA program)

Three main tasks are expected of LINGUIST List staff: editing and public relations, web programming, and software development.

  1. The first and perhaps most important task involves the editing and posting of the more than 87,000 email messages that are sent out from LINGUIST List each day. These postings include book announcements, conference calls for papers, discussions, and job announcements.
  2. Web programming requires that each LINGUIST help create and edit new webpages and database interfaces to keep the website running smoothly.
  3. Software development relates to externally-funded projects. Through E-MELD and other projects, LINGUIST RAs have the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art software and Internet facilities.

Required skills are common sense, good judgment in making both editorial and interpersonal decisions, sense of responsibility, ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and attention to detail. Computer experience (at least Microsoft Word, Internet browsers, and email) is desirable, as is willingness to learn more advanced computer applications. Applicants need not know how to program. Preferred skills include knowledge of linguistic classification; experience with, or serious interest in learning, database structure and management, SQL, and programming languages (ColdFusion, Java, ASP), and knowledge of HTML or serious commitment to learning it. This job is best suited to graduate students in linguistics. Those with some computer background are particularly encouraged to apply.