Graduate Teaching Fellowships

Applying for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship

In addition to materials required for admission to the graduate program, the committee that selects Graduate Teaching Fellows requires two additional documents:

  1. A letter of reference from someone who can recommend you specifically for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.
  2. An essay of 3-4 pages reflecting on the teaching of writing to first-year college students and responding to the following questions:

Becoming an effective teacher draws on the skills involved in being a successful student, but it also requires the ability to communicate those skills to others.  Using the following questions as a starting point, discuss why you feel that you could be an effective teacher of writing at the college level:

  • How would you describe the ways that you learned to write?
  • What courses in writing did you take at the high school and college level?
  • How would you describe your writing methods and habits?
  • If you have been in situations in which you took a leadership or teaching role with people your age or younger,  describe those situations and reflect on your responses to them.
  • If you have been in situations in which you engaged in public speaking or other kinds of public performance, describe those situations and reflect on their possible relevance to your teaching.
  • What personal strengths do you think you would bring to teaching?
  • What weaknesses might you need to overcome in order to be an effective teacher?

GTFs are awarded each spring for the following academic year, and are normally renewable for a second year. The deadline for GTF applications (including all application and supporting material) is March 1 each year.

The employment record of the Graduate Teaching Fellows who have graduated from our program is excellent. Please contact Dr. Paul Witkowsky, Graduate Program Director, Dr. Amanda Kellogg, Assistant Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, or Dr. Frank Napolitano, GTF Mentoring Program Coordinator, for more information.

Stipends and Tuition Waivers

In-state first-year Graduate Teaching Assistants receive a full tuition waiver for 9 graduate credit hours (the typical course load) each semester and a $10,000 stipend per year.

In-state second-year GTFs receive a full tuition waiver for 9 graduate credit hours (the typical course load) each semester and an $11,000 stipend per year.

The program offers a limited number of full tuition waivers and stipends for out-of-state students. Please contact Dr. Paul Witkowsky, Graduate Program Director, Dr. Amanda Kellogg, Assistant Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, or Dr. Frank Napolitano, GTF Mentoring Program Coordinator, for more information.

Graduate Assistantships

In addition to Graduate Teaching Fellowships, the English Department has a limited number of non-teaching Graduate Assistantships available for work in the department and in the Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) on campus. The stipend for GAs is $8,000 a year.