English Department graduate students actively participate in academic and social activities with their faculty mentors and student peers. Through the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) and the Graduate Student Association in TESOL (GSATESOL), funds are allocated to support a variety of special departmental events each semester. These may include workshops or a speaker's bureau. Visiting scholars or writers lecture or deliver readings in a variety of areas: literary criticism, the genres (drama, fiction, or poetry), history and the arts as they relate to literary production, TESOL, or applied linguistics. In addition to EGSA, graduate students in the M.A. program can also participate in the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.
EGSA and GSATESOL are administered through the university-wide Graduate Student Association.
The English Department awards a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships on a competitive basis. Full-time and half-time positions are available for qualified students. Assistantships currently provide a stipend of $1,200 to $2,400 per semester. Assistantships involve either tutoring undergraduates in the department writing center or assisting faculty with research and other projects. This guided tutoring or mentoring experience on the university level, in complement to course work and research, helps to prepare graduate assistants for careers in the academic world or further study in a Ph.D. program. Contact your graduate program director or the chair of the department if you are interested in one of these assistantships.