Graduate Teaching Fellowship Mentoring Program

Our Mission


  • As part of the Graduate Program in English, you’ll take a wide range of courses in Scholarly Methods, English and American Literature, and Theory.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants learn the craft of teaching from seasoned professionals.
  • Stipends and full tuition waivers are available.


  • As a member of a teaching team, you’ll receive guidance and support from experienced and engaging teachers. Mentors, GTAs, and GTFs help each other to succeed in the classroom.
  • Join a community of teachers, exchange ideas, share your experiences, and work directly with students.


  • In your second year in the classroom, you’ll take charge of your own class and receive guidance from a faculty mentor and teaching team.
  • Graduate Teaching Fellows design classroom activities, create grading criteria, and evaluate student progress, while developing their own philosophy of teaching.
  • Applicants should contact Sean Keck, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director, or Laurie Cubbison, Ph.D., GTF Program Coordinator. 

How to Apply

The admissions requirements page includes information on applying to the Graduate Teaching Fellowship Mentoring Program.

Stipends and Tuition Waivers

  • In-state first-year Graduate Teaching Assistants receive a full tuition waiver for 9 graduate credit hours (the typical course load) each semester and a $10,000 stipend per year.
  • In-state second-year GTFs receive a full tuition waiver for 9 graduate credit hours (the typical course load) each semester and an $11,000 stipend per year.
  • The program offers a limited number of full tuition waivers and stipends for out-of-state students.


Photograph of Courtney Simpkins, M.S. 2016
Courtney Simpkins

Courtney Simpkins (M.S. 2016) has accepted a fully-funded offer of admission from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she plans to study 18th and 19th century British and Irish women’s literature. She has been awarded a graduate assistantship, where she’ll teach sections of composition. She also plans to earn the graduate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


GTFs, GTAs and Mentors



  • Abigail Bailey
  • Lori Graham
  • Elise Martin
  • Jessica Mundy
  • Rachel Overbay
  • Rachel Pitcher
  • Jake Retting



  • Alanna Ballard
  • Karrah Davidson
  • Shayna Dotson
  • Hannah Hale
  • Colton Heitzman-Breen
  • Hannah Kennedy
  • Arianne Martinez
  • Allie Pannell