Graduate students in the Department of English are encouraged to pursue the following
means of obtaining financial support:
The Department of English offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships in either
departmental service, research, or teaching. These assistantships carry stipends in
addition to the remission of University tuition and fees. Students must have completed
18 hours of graduate work in English in order to qualify as Teaching Assistants (TAs). TAs
normally teach two sections of composition. A very limited number of Graduate Assistantships
(GAs) are available for those students who have not completed this requirement. GAs
work an average of 20 hours per week in research and teaching roles for department
faculty and staff.
All students must apply by March 1 to be considered for an assistantship. Please note that this application is separate
from the admission application, although you may submit both to the English Graduate
Office at the same time if you wish.
Assistantship Application (.pdf)
- Assistantships are typically awarded for one academic year and are eligible for renewal
upon successful completion of duties. Support time limits vary with degree program,
transfer credits and the availability of departmental funds.
- Graduate Assistants are expected to carry a nine-hour load every semester, with the
exception of students writing a thesis/dissertation, who may register for six hours
of thesis/dissertation to be considered full-time. Students are encouraged to consult
with their advisors in making course selections.
- In order to qualify to teach in the Department of English students must take ENGL
7003 Theory and Practice in Teaching Composition and ENGL 7/8004 Intership for Graduate
Teaching Assistants concurrent with their first teaching assignment.
- All non-native speakers of English must take the SPEAK test and earn a score of 50
in order to be appointed as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Assistant with teaching
duties, including serving as a discussion leader or any teaching activity requiring
oral communication with students. See the Graduate School's SPEAK site for more information.
- New Teaching Assistants are required to attend all orientation sessions offered before
the beginning of each semester, generally one week before classes begin.
- All students who apply for Assistantships are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Work Study funding.
Contact the Department of English Graduate Office at (901) 678-1448 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the application process.