Other Assistantships

Writing Center Fellowship

The Writing Center Fellowship (1 position) is a 10-hour per week (.25 FTE) year-long position that takes the place of one course in English each fall and spring semester. Duties include serving as a TA for General Honors/English 2015HW, “The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing,” a course which prepares undergraduates for a writing tutor position if they do well in the class; serving as a mentor to new graduate and undergraduate tutors; refining and presenting workshops on plagiarism and personal statements for a variety of audiences; handling other administrative duties, including Fall Graduate Tutor Orientation and observations of current tutors; and helping liaison with the multiple departments that work closely with the Writing Center.

The fellowship will give the graduate student a solid foundation in writing center theory and history, pedagogy, and practice as well as professional administrative experience and training that will be useful to them in future careers both inside and outside the academy.

The Writing Center Fellow should be a strong previous instructor of 1000 and must be available for the August new tutor orientation the week before classes begin in the fall semester.

Applications are due and interviews take place early in the spring semester. To apply, please send a single PDF with a CV and statement of up to 500 words explaining your qualifications and interests to Becca Hayes: hayesrj@missouri.edu. You’re also welcome to contact the Director of the Writing Center, Aaron Harms (harmsaa@missouri.edu), prior to applying to learn more about the position. Interviews will be scheduled in the second half of February. If you are applying for more than one year-long position and/or dissertation fellowship, please rank your preferences and include them with each application.

Composition Program Assistants

The Composition Program Assistantships are two 10-hour per week .25 FTE year-long positions (1 course release per semester) that include working closely with the Director, Assistant Director, and Senior Program Assistants of Composition and with the Composition Committee to provide intellectual leadership for the program, serve as peer mentors for graduate students teaching composition and assist with various tasks related to program operations.

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Job Duties of Composition Program Assistants
  • helping to plan and deliver the August pre-semester workshop for new teachers
  • teaching a version of the first-year composition curriculum that aligns with program values and outcomes
  • helping to plan and deliver the pedagogical workshops for teachers throughout the year, including coordinating with the Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing on promotional materials
  • holding open office hours for drop-in consultations with teachers, especially graduate student teachers
  • observing composition classes, conferencing with teachers following observations, and writing up observation and conference summaries for teacher and program record
  • mentoring new MA students through classroom shadowing and one-on-one pedagogical discussions
  • coordinating meetings with graduate student instructors to advise and facilitate discussions regarding matters of curriculum, professional development, and pedagogy
  • developing resources for and managing a database of resources related to writing pedagogy and curriculum for graduate students and faculty teaching first-year composition at MU
  • contributing to revisions and updates for composition-related portions of the Department website, including coordinating with Assistant to the DGS and Webmaster
  • helping to plan and facilitate campus-wide, collaborative program initiatives such as the National Day on Writing and the Celebration of Student Writing  
  • assisting with research to support program self-study, planning, and initiatives
  • assisting with program assessment
  • serving on the Composition Committee

The ideal candidates will be available, remotely or locally, for paid work during the summer. Composition Program Assistants must be available for pre-semester workshops and meetings beginning at least two weeks before the start of the fall semester and teach at least one traditional/classroom-based section of ENG 1000 in the fall semester concurrent with their appointment. Composition Program Assistants must be strong teachers of ENG 1000 and highly organized collaborators who are able to take initiative and proactively complete tasks, research, and projects independently.

The graduate students appointed to these positions can expect to gain substantial hands-on experience in the intellectual and managerial work of writing program administration and program management that will transfer to careers inside and outside of academia.

To apply, please send a single PDF with: a statement of up to 500 words explaining your qualifications and interests in composition, rhetoric, and/or literacy, pedagogy, and/or program administration, including potential contributions to the position and how the position supports your professional goals; a CV; and a sample syllabus to Becca Hayes: hayesrj@missouri.edu. Applications are due February 15 and interviews typically take place early in the spring semester. If you are applying for more than one year-long position and/or dissertation fellowship, please rank your preferences and include them with each application.

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies

The Assistant to the Director Graduate Studies (1 position) is a 10-hour per week .25 year-long position (1 course release per semester), which requires working closely with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC). Duties include taking minutes for the GSC, doing research for GSC initiatives, and assisting in the planning and hosting of Welcome Day for prospective students. The ADGS is also responsible for maintaining and helping to develop the department website. This position includes some work for the department, as assigned by the Chair, such as minor graphic design work (no prior experience needed). This job will provide graduate students with professional experience useful inside and outside of the academy.

The ADGS should be organized, discreet, flexible and able take initiative as well as to carry out assigned tasks. Office, administrative and web/software experience is a plus. 

To apply, please send a pdf with an updated cv and a statement of up to 150 words by February 14, 2020 explaining your credentials and why you are interested in the position to Emma Lipton: liptone@missouri.edu. If you are applying for more than one year-long position and/or dissertation fellowship, please rank your preferences and include them with each application.

Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing

The Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing (1 position) is a 10-hour per week .25 year-long position (providing 1 course release each semester), which includes working closely with the Director of Creative Writing and the Creative Writing Committee (CWC). One of the primary responsibilities will be assisting with the planning and coordination of the creative writing reading series. Other responsibilities will include assisting with the coordination of the department creative writing contests and the AWP conference, and managing Creative Writing’s presence on social media. This position includes some work for the department, as assigned by the Chair, such as minor graphic design work (no prior experience needed).

The ADCW must be highly organized and have strong communication skills in diverse areas (person-to-person, print, and electronic media). Some familiarity with other Creative Writing programs, literary journals, journal editing, who’s who among contemporary writers, and simple poster design is desirable. Office and administrative experience is a plus, and an ability to complete tasks by assigned deadlines is important. 

The job will provide graduate students with valuable professional experience and potential networks that will be helpful in future careers, both within and outside of the academy.

To apply, please send a single pdf with an updated CV and a statement of up to 500 words describing your qualifications and why you want the position to Phong Nguyen: nguyenpv@missouri.edu. If you are applying for more than one year-long position and/or dissertation fellowship, please rank your preferences and include them with each application.