Other Assistantships

The English Department offers the following graduate assistantships for 2021-22. All of the assistantship positions provide graduate students with administrative skills and valuable other professional experiences useful to careers inside and outside of the academy. Applications for these assistantships are due on February 5, 2021.

To apply, send a single pdf with an updated CV and a statement of interest of up to 500 words (plus a sample syllabus for applications for the Composition Program Assistant) to the department’s Associate Chair, Johanna Kramer, at kramerji@missouri.edu. The statement of interest should describe your qualifications and interests as relevant to the specific position for which you are applying, including potential contributions to the position and how the position supports your professional goals. The applications will be reviewed by those faculty members with whom the student would primarily be working for the duration of the position.

Coordinator of the Visiting Writers Series (paid stipend position)

The Coordinator of the Visiting Writers Series will assist the Director of Creative Writing in implementing the Visiting Writers Series, including contacting authors, handling contracts, finding and securing a venue, event planning, and scheduling meals, travel, and hotel for each visiting author (5-7 authors per academic year). This paid position will require an average of five hours per week (less than five hours most weeks, but more than five hours during weeks with visiting authors). The stipend for the position is $2,000 per semester for fall and spring.

Writing Center Fellowship (course release)

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; 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.

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.

After all applications have been reviewed, interviews will take place in the second half of February. 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.

Composition Program Assistant (course release)

The Composition Program Assistantship is a 10-hour per week .25 FTE year-long position (1 course release per semester) that includes 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 and assist with various tasks related to program operations.

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Job Duties of Composition Program Assistant
  • 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
  • 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 the Graduate Student Departmental Assistant
  • 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 Composition Program Assistant must be a strong teacher of ENG 1000 and a highly organized collaborator who is able to take initiative and proactively complete tasks, research, and projects independently.

The graduate student appointed to this position 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.

The statement of interest for this position should explain the applicant’s 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 the applicant’s professional goals. After all applications have been reviewed, interviews will take place shortly thereafter.

Graduate Student Departmental Assistant (course release)

There will be one position for a Graduate Student Departmental Assistant in 2021-22, which comes with a 1-1 course release and will require an average of 10 hours of work per week during the semester. This position will help the graduate student build skills around recruitment and administration of departmental programs. The person in this position will assist with needs across the department, including:

  • Assisting with recruiting graduate students and planning Welcome Day
  • Assisting with undergraduate recruiting events and initiatives, primarily Meet the Major, Major Explorations, and the Peer Mentoring Program
  • Editing the English Department website, primarily building course pages for all semesters
  • Making flyers for department events and coordinating with the faculty running the social media accounts
  • Performing other tasks assigned by the Associate Chair, if there is time remaining

Because the above programs/tasks fall at different times of the year, the hours will not be evenly distributed across weeks or semesters. For instance, graduate student recruitment is weighted very heavily to the spring. Hours can be banked in order to provide for flexibility across the year.