Graduate Teaching Positions

General Specifications

50% appointment = 20 hours/week; 25% appointment = 10 hours/week.

  • Graduate School rules limit graduate students to appointments totaling no more than 30 hours/week.
  • International students are usually subject to other restrictions on the number of hours they can work. Each student should check with the Office of International Affairs to determine which limitations apply to his/her particular situation.

Position Descriptions

GTA 50% Appointment, First-Year Writing Program

Course/Program Director: Eddie Singleton

GTAs teaching First-Year Writing (English 1110.01 or 1110.02) are the instructors of record for one English composition course per quarter. In that role, they attend the Pre-Semester Workshop for Professional Development prior to teaching; continue their professional development (English 6781) in the first quarter teaching; develop and submit syllabi that include course descriptions, policy information, and daily schedules; develop daily lesson plans; meet regularly with their classes and hold a minimum of three hours per week of open office hours; assign, read, and assess student writing; calculate and report final grades; address student concerns as needed; administer university SEIs and discursive evaluations.

GTA 50% appointment, 2000-level English courses (other than writing courses)

Course/Program Director: Clare Simmons

Responsible for designing and teaching a lower-level undergraduate course. Syllabus and schedule planning and design, including assigned readings, written assignments, and course policies (due dates, attendance policies, late penalties, participation requirements, grading algorithm). Book orders, course packet arrangements, and administration of Carmen course pages. Conducting class meetings as scheduled: presentation of key ideas, concepts and information and discussion engaging all enrollees to the extent possible. Adherence to class schedule and to all class policies. Timely grading and return, with comments where appropriate, of student work product; calculation and timely submission of final grades according to grading algorithm. All GTAs teaching 2000-level courses are responsible for submitting a course syllabus to the appropriate course director. When teaching a 2000-level course for the first time, GTAs are responsible for arranging an observation by a faculty member.

GTA 50% appointment, English 3304 and 3305

Course/Program Director: Jonathan Buehl

The GTA is responsible for teaching a section of business writing or technical writing, which includes the following duties: 1) Syllabus and schedule planning,including assigned readings, written assignments, and course policies (due dates, attendance policies, late penalties, participation requirements, grading algorithm, etc.). 2) Conducting class meetings as scheduled: presenting concepts and information, implementing class activities, leading discussions engaging all enrollees to the extent possible, etc. 3) Adherence to the class schedule and to all class policies. 4) Grading: timely grading and return, with comments where appropriate, of student work product; calculation and timely submission of final grades according to grading algorithm. 5) Holding regular office hours. 6) Attending training sessions scheduled by the Director of Business and Technical Writing. 7) Submitting a course syllabus to the Director before the start of the term. When teaching English 3304 or 3305 for the first time, the GTA will arrange for a class observation by the Director.

GTA 50% appointment, English 2367.01, 2367.02, 2367.03, 2367.04, 2367.05

Course/Program Director: Kay Halasek

Instructional staff teaching any version of English 2367 are responsible for: 1) Attending the required departmental training for the course and consulting with the course director during course development, delivery, and assessment. 2) Planning and designing the course, which entails (but is not limited to): selecting textbook(s) (in accordance with program guidelines), submitting book orders, identifying and scheduling readings and assignments, articulating course policies (e.g., due dates, attendance policies, late penalties, participation requirements, grading scale), delivering adequate instruction, and providing students an opportunity to assess the course and instructor. 3) Creating and submitting in a timely manner to course director for approval a course syllabus and schedule that adheres to the requirements of the course, writing program, department, and University. 4) Teaching the course in a manner that it meets all guidelines set out by the course director, writing program, department, and/or University (e.g., makes writing the central work of the course, centers the course on the “U.S. experience,” includes a research component). 5) Providing on-going pedagogical support for students during the term by: making appropriate arrangements for and delivering in a timely manner to students all course readings, assignments, and grading rubrics, administering and maintaining the course management system (Carmen), establishing and maintaining office hours as required by the program, keeping accurate records of all student marks, adhering to the class schedule and to all class policies set out in the syllabus, conducting class meetings as scheduled (and to their full length), during which key ideas, assignments, concepts and information relevant to the course are delivered in a manner accessible to all students and conducive to their learning, responding to and/or grading student work and returning it in a timely manner, and consulting with the course director to arrange for and conducting course observation(s) as required by the program and department.

GTA 50% appointment, Creative Writing courses

Course/Program Director: Michelle Herman

English 2265: Introduction to the Writing of Fiction. GTA duties include instructing students in the use of the “tools” unique to telling story, including scene by scene construction, dialogue, indirect dialogue, interior monologue, exposition, narration, and description. Attention is also paid to the “conceptual” issues of form, structure, character, tone, theme, and language. Prose style is also addressed, as are the notions of place, the dramatic arc, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. There should also be a substantial amount of reading of published fiction.

English 2266: Introduction to the Writing of Poetry. GTA duties include instructing students in elements of prosody, not limited to enjambment, caesura, assonance,consonance, alliteration, imagery, traditional and nonce stanza forms, line length, rhyme, poetic feet, free and blank verse. Attention is also paid to literary history, conventions relative to presentation, titling, material, accuracy in language, traditional poetic “figures” and originality. There should also be a substantial amount of reading of published poetry.

English 2268: Introduction to the Writing of Creative Nonfiction. GTA duties include instructing students in more than the traditional personal or informal essay. Students should also be exposed to travel writing, literary journalism, memoir, science writing, popular arts criticism, and argumentative prose. Attention should be paid to literary conventions, form and structure, the use of sources, issues of confidentiality and privacy, language and scene construction, the felicitous release of exposition, accuracy in detail, place, and material. There should also be a substantial amount of reading of published creative nonfiction.

English 3465: Intermediate Writing of Fiction (will meet requirement for the minor in Creative Writing); prerequisite: English 2265. GTAs may assume that students have had an introduction to the basic elements unique to prose fiction, including scene construction, the use of dialogue and interior monologue, narrative structure, how characters are built and so forth. GTA duties include more sophisticated and detailed instruction about motivation, the significance of place, style, plot complexity, point of view, point of entry, obligatory moments, “the stout stake of emotion,” and material, among many other concerns. There should be some reading of previously published fiction by professionals.

English 3466: Intermediate Writing of Poetry (will meet requirement for the minor in Creative writing); prerequisite: English 2266. GTAs may assume that students have had an introduction to the basic elements peculiar to the writing of poetry, including traditional and nonce forms, line length, prosody and so forth. GTA duties include more sophisticated and detailed instruction about internal rhyme, imagery and symbol, poetic feet, free and blank verse, language, and titling, among many other issues and ideas. There should be some reading of previously published poetry by professionals.

English 3468: Intermediate Writing of Creative Nonfiction (will meet requirement for the minor in Creative Writing); prerequisite: English 2268. GTAs may assume that students have had an introduction to the basic forms of creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, memoir, popular arts criticism and so forth. GTA duties include more sophisticated and detailed instruction in the conventions and expectations unique to the genre, including the “braided” essay, research, issues of privacy and confidentiality, sources, language, and dramatic tension. There should be some reading of previously published creative nonfiction by professionals.

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