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English Department Graduate Assistantships

Application Information

Submit all of the materials below to the following address:


Dr. Christine Neufeld, Graduate Coordinator
Department of English Language and Literature
612 Pray-Harrold
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


  • 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 one to each of your references to include with their recommendation letters
  • Background Check Waiver Form

Please make sure your MA application materials have all been received by Graduate Admissions by the beginning of the Winter semester. 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

NOTE:  There may be a  limited number of openings for a particular type of Instructional or Research GAship

When possible, we have indicated the number of open GAships available each cycle.

Tasks Next available Who can apply? 10 h 20 h
University Writing Center Consultant Fall 2018 all programs x  
First Year Writing Instructor Fall 2018 all programs x  
Children's Literature Teaching Assistant Fall 2018 Children's Literature MAs preferred x  
Literature Teaching Assistant

Fall 2018

Literature MAs preferred x  
Journal of Narrative Theory Editorial Assistant Fall 2018 (1) all programs   x
BathHouse Journal Editorship Fall 2018 (1) Creative Writing MA only x  
BathHouse Reading Series Coordinator Fall 2018 (1) Creative Writing MA only x  
National Writing Project Assistant Fall 2018 (1) Written Communication MA only x  
Linguistics Teaching Assistant Fall 2018 Linguistics MA only x  
Research Graduate Assistant(s) Fall 2018 all programs 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 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.

Linguistics Teaching Assistantship (exclusive to students in the Linguistics MA program)

Graduate assistants assigned to work with a professor who is teaching an introductory course in Linguistics have a variety of responsibilities and opportunities.  LING 201 is a 200-level survey of the field of Linguistics, and is required of students who are Linguistics majors or minors, English Language majors and minors, and Language, Literature and Writing majors and minors.  Graduate student teaching assistants in such positions attend lectures, take notes and/or hold office hours.  Depending on the professor to whom a GA is assigned, additional duties may include some or all of the following:

  • writing and proctoring exams
  • conducting study sessions prior to exams
  • uploading study materials to Canvas
  • posting and recording grades


Graduate Assistantship: Tuition, Compensation and Benefits

For a full-time, academic-year GA appointment, the University provides a tuition scholarship for up to 18 credit hours in each academic year (September 1 to August 31) of the assistantship. For graduate assistants who are appointed to part-time positions and for GAs who begin employment after the start of the semester, the number of credit hours covered by the award will be prorated. The graduate assistantship program also covers any tuition differential associated with certain courses. This award does not pay mandatory fees (general fee, student center fee and technology fee), new student record initiation fee, registration fee, late registration fee, drop fees or late fees applied when bills are not paid. To figure out how your mandatory fee costs per semester, consult the Tuition Calculator.

The English Department currently pays its Graduate Assistants the following sums per academic year. Pay checks are distributed twice monthly during the Fall and Winter semesters.  NOTE:  University Writing Center Consultants are hired through and paid by the UWC.

  • Full time (20 hrs/week): $9, 000
  • Part time (10 hrs/week): $4,500

Graduate assistants receive additional library privileges and a 10 percent discount on items purchased at the bookstore in the Student Center. They also receive priority registration, provided they register online by the date specified by the Office of Records and Registration on its website.