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 Amanda Kellogg, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director, or Frank Napolitano, Ph.D., GTF Program Coordinator. 

How to Apply

The admisisons 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.


Our GTAs and GTFs present their work at national and international conferences! Here are some highlights from the spring 2018 semester.

  • Emily Deacon, Jessica Mattox, and Marti Williams will present "A Call for Community: Inspiring Inclusivity Among Students Through Collaboration and Integration of Individual and Cultural Experiences" at the 2018 mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition and Communication in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Henry Bolte presented "Hegemonic Masculinities, Emphasized Femininity, and Social Scripts in The Great Gatsby" at the 49th Annual College English Association Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Racheal Downey presented "The Goods Refuse to Go to Market: Sexual Expectations for Women in The Bell Jar and The House of Mirth" at the CEA Conference.
  • Erika Goad presented "Sexual Trauma and Female Community in The Handmaid's Tale" at the CEA Conference.
  • Gage Pennington presented "Discourse, Trauma, and Healing in E. E. Cummings's The Enormous Room" at the CEA Conference
  • Nick McCord presented "Heteropatriarchal Masculinity and Insidious Trauma in Rabe's Sticks and Bones" at the 2018 American Men's Studies Association Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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