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Teaching Assistantships

An applicant accepted into the master’s or doctoral programs is eligible for funding as a teaching assistant, provided we receive the application before January 15. Funding is then awarded on a competitive basis.

Funding for master’s degree students is for two years and carries a yearly stipend of $13,500 in addition to tuition remission. MA students normally work with undergraduate students in the Writing Resource Center for ten hours per week throughout the academic year. On occasion, they might be invited to work with graduate and professional students through the Writing Resource Center or teach semester-long individual tutorial courses.

Funding for doctoral degree students is normally for five years and in addition to tuition remission carries a yearly stipend of $16,000. A PhD student normally teaches the equivalent of two courses a year (normally one course per semester) for the duration of the doctoral program.

Limited summer teaching opportunities are also available on a competitive basis, and can provide additional remuneration.

PhD students serving as teaching assistants can expect to gain experience in a number of teaching roles during their time in the English graduate program. A comprehensive training and mentoring program prepares students for a variety of teaching opportunities. PhD students can expect to work with students as a consultant or teacher with primary instructional responsibilities in the following assignments:

  • Writing Resource Center consultations (10 hours/week)
  • Semester-long individual tutorial course (English 180)
  • Semester-long writing studio courses (English 183/184)
  • Expository Writing (English 150)
  • Introduction to Composition (English 148)
  • Technical and Professional Communication for Engineers (English 398)
  • A variety of sophomore-level literature, composition, rhetoric, health-writing, and creative writing courses (available to advanced PhD students with appropriate fields of expertise, by application)
  • SAGES interdisciplinary University Seminars (available to advanced PhD students, by application)

The award of a teacher assistantship represents a significant investment by the university; in return, students are expected to devote their full attention to their degree programs, to their intellectual and professional development, and to their teaching and related obligations at CWRU.  The department expects that TAs will not accept employment outside the University during the academic year. Teaching overloads at CWRU and other university employment require the advance approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in English.


Dissertation Fellowships

The Arthur Adrian Dissertation Fellowship provides a full year of funding for one qualified doctoral student each year. This prize includes a year’s stipend (approx. $16,000) and tuition credits. At the discretion of the Graduate Committee, the award may be given to two students, each whom will receive one semester of funding ($8,000) and tuition credit.

The Roger B. Salomon Dissertation Fellowship customarily provides a full semester funding for one qualified doctoral student. This prize includes a semester’s stipend (approx. $8,000) and tuition credits. This fellowship is offered approximately every second year.

Each spring semester, the Director of Graduate Studies will issue a call for nominations among the faculty to recommend students with promising dissertation projects.

The basic criterion is that the student must have had his or her dissertation prospectus approved by the dissertation committee by the end of the nominating term.

The designation of both fellows occurs at the same time by a subcommittee of the Graduate Committee comprised (when possible) of faculty other than the nominee’s advisor.

Recipients of the Adrian and Salomon Dissertation Fellowships are released from their departmental teaching responsibilities for the award period. In addition, they cannot accept overload teaching or tutoring for the university during their award period, and they are expected to avoid employment outside the university in order to devote attention to their scholarship.

The Graduate Committee reserves the right not to award any or either fellowship in any given year.