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You are invited to consider applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) for the fall and spring semesters of 2018-2019.

Guidelines for Eligibility

An applicant must:

1. Be a matriculated graduate student in Southern's English program during the 2018-2019 academic year; students must be full-time during the Fall 2018 semester. 

2. Have a record of strong academic achievement in undergraduate work and, if applicable, in graduate work.

Note: Preference will go to those with a fuller record of academic achievement. When academic achievement is similar, preference will go to applicants with teaching experience (e.g., tutoring, undergraduate teaching, composition internship, student teaching).

Purpose of Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Through a combination of theory, experience, and reflection, graduate teaching assistants learn about teaching expository writing in a context of critical thinking and reading. Teaching assistants from previous years have found the assistantship valuable for:

1. Preparing for further work at the Ph.D. and M.F.A. levels.

2. Gaining professional experience teaching writing that is applicable to university-level part-time teaching positions.

3. Gaining professional enrichment in a highly supportive atmosphere.

Description of Graduate Teaching Assistantship

In the Fall 2018 semester, graduate teaching assistants:

1. Complete English 597: Graduate Internship in Teaching Writing, and intern (observe and assist) in a mutually agreeable daytime or evening section of a first-year English composition course;

2. Meet weekly with their faculty mentor for 1-3 hours to plan and discuss composition class sessions;

3. Meet regularly with other GTAs and mentors;

4. Complete English 519: Teaching College Writing with a grade of B or better.

Upon successful completion of the requirements during the fall, and dependent upon staffing needs, in the spring 2019  semester, graduate teaching assistants: 

1. Teach one section of first-year composition.

2. Meet regularly with their designated faculty mentor and be observed at least twice;

3. Meet regularly with other GTAs and mentors.


Graduate teaching assistants receive a stipend of approximately $4,800 for the Fall 2018 semester, to be paid in several installments. Upon successful completion of English 519 and 597, and depending upon English department staffing needs, GTAs will also be eligible for assignment as adjunct instructors in the English department in the Spring 2019 semester for a salary of approximately $3,700.

Application Procedure

GTA guidelines and application forms are available from Ms. Tanya Smith, the department secretary (Engleman D-265A), or by following this link.

Graduate students who meet the eligibility guidelines and wish to apply must complete each of the following steps:

1. Submit a completed application form to Dr. Paul Petrie (address below).

2. Write a 2-3 page essay outlining why you are a good candidate for a teaching assistantship, including an explanation of what strengths you can bring to the program and of how an assistantship will benefit you professionally.

3. Include a current curriculum vitae (resume). 

4. Submit copies of your transcripts, undergraduate and graduate, to Dr. Petrie (address below).

5. Include a clean copy of a recent analytical paper that is at least five pages in length. You may include more than one writing sample. Choose paper(s) that, in your estimation, represents your best writing.

6. Include confidential recommendation letters from two faculty members, preferably at least one of whom is a member of Southern's English faculty if you have attended or are currently attending SCSU. Each letter must be in a sealed envelope signed by the recommender across the flap. For M.F.A. applicants, letters of recommendation included in your M.F.A. application will suffice and will be passed along to the GTA Committee.

7. Submit all your materials in a single envelope, addressed to:

GTA Selection Committee
Attn: Dr. Paul Petrie 
English Department
Engleman D-265C
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1355

Materials may also be hand-delivered to Dr. Petrie's mailbox in the English Department Office in Engleman D-265C.

Application Deadline

Application materials received before Friday, March 2, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but we will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.


The Graduate Teaching Assistantship Committee will be conduct interviews with selected applicants soon after the deadline. Based on the interview and application materials, the committee will select up to three students for assistantships, contingent on funding and schedule availability for mentors and teaching assistants. We will begin notifying GTA recipients by April 16, 2018.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Paul R. Petrie, Graduate Director, English Dept. (203)-392-6757, 

For a copy of the application form, please click application form.