Pre-Professional Training Opportunities
Qualified students have a range of opportunities as Graduate (GA) or Teaching Assistants (TA) to learn and to develop new skills under the supervision of professionals in various fields requiring a high degree of facility with language, literature, critical analysis, and verbal expression. Within FGCU, MA students work as writing consultants in the University Writing Lab; as teaching assistants for composition courses; as research assistants who collaborate with faculty on research projects; as editors for The Mangrove Review and Aquila; and as staff for the FGCU Sanibel Island Writers’ Conference. For more information about GA-ship and TA-ship, please read below.
Through the FGCU English Master’s program, I was able to develop confidence in my own skills and abilities, especially my writing, and I was also able to further develop the professional skills necessary for a variety of writing- and teaching-related positions through the availability of internships, small class sizes, the availability and willingness of the faculty to engage with and mentor their students, and the teaching assistantship that was offered to me.
~ Christina Prosnak, Assistant Language Teacher, The Japan Exchange & Teaching Program
Graduate Assistants (GA) Compensation & Responsibilities
Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend and may include a tuition-waiver, are available on a competitive basis—the student’s initial admission package determines placement. The English MA Program Coordinator, in consultation with English faculty and the Chair of the Department of Language and Literature, tenders the offers for Graduate Assistantships.
These assistantships require ten hours (five hours if on half assistantship offer) of work per week for a semester (fifteen weeks total), and they are usually allocated for positions as writing consultants in the Writing Lab. However, depending upon university support, assistantships might also be available for duties as a research assistant with a faculty member, project manager for the English program, library ambassador at the University Library, or staff assistant at the University Archives and Special Collections. A graduate assistant must enroll in at least six credit hours per semester.
Teaching Assistants (TA) Compensation & Responsibilities
A limited number of Teaching Assistantships are available each year. These Teaching Assistantships include a stipend and may include a tuition-waiver in exchange for teaching one or two composition courses per semester. To apply for a Teaching Assistantship, a student must have 18 total graduate credit hours in English with a 3.3 GPA or higher, have at least a semester-long experience of tutoring at the Writing Lab, and pass ENC 6745 with a grade of B+ or higher. Assignment of Teaching Assistantship will be determined by faculty who teach in the MA and Composition programs. Teaching Assistants may take 3-9 credit hours of coursework per semester.
These Teaching Assistantships are awarded competitively, based on the student’s record of academic achievement at the graduate level and achievement in working as a writing consultant. The English MA Program Coordinator, in consultation with English faculty and the Chair of the Department of Language and Literature, tenders the offers for teaching assistantships.
In addition to standard student evaluations, teaching assistants will be evaluated through classroom observations by the Director of Composition and/or the English MA Program Coordinator in each of their two semesters of teaching. Classroom Observation Reports will be submitted to the student teacher as well as the English MA Program Coordinator and the Director of Composition.