College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Teaching & Research Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships and Training

Many English graduate students gain valuable experience as teaching assistants (TAs). Inexperienced TAs do not teach in the first semester of employment, during which they participate in a training program to prepare them to teach freshmen composition. TA training activities include a workshop at the beginning of the fall semester taught by the director of composition, a seminar on teaching, apprenticeships under direct supervision of the director of composition, in-service mentoring and colleague supervision throughout the term of appointment, and supervised experience in special instructional areas (including the Writing Lab). During the second semester, TAs are given full responsibility for teaching two sections of freshman composition, and afterward teach three sections per year. While most assignments are freshman writing courses, many experienced TAs will have the opportunity to teach in other areas as well, including advanced composition, literature, linguistics, technical writing, basic writing, and in multi-cultural World Civilization and ESL courses.

Regular TA's (20 hours per week) are awarded to new and continuing graduate students on a competitive basis. The present position for those holding the M.A. degree carries an academic stipend of $13,378.00. Waivers of the resident operating fee for half-time TA's residing in Washington while attending school are normally granted.

If you complete your graduate application online, you will have automatically indicated that you seek a Teaching Assistantship. If you have questions, please contact:

Professor Will Hamlin, Director of Graduate Studies
English Department
P.O. Box 645020
Pullman, WA 99164-5020 USA
(509) 335-7398


Research Assistantships

RA positions give students opportunities to work closely with Faculty in ongoing research and scholarly projects, including the editing and production of the department's scholarly journals, the preparation of textual editions, and research in writing pedagogy, including computer-assisted instruction. The number and nature of RA positions vary from year to year.

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