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Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships in the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) are intended to provide students with administrative, curricular, consulting, pedagogical, and research experience that can inform their dissertation projects and help prepare them to be competitive on the national job market. All applicants should be committed to working in a collaborative environment with students and faculty from across the curriculum and representing the HCWE in a professional manner.

The Graduate Assistant Director position at the Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC) Programs is designed to provide experience for doctoral students in Rhetoric and Composition who are interested in researching and potentially directing writing across the curriculum programs or other types of writing programs. In special cases, MA students will be considered.

Candidates should have taken at least one composition theory and pedagogy course, either at Miami or at another institution, and should have a successful track record as a an effective and innovative teacher of writing. Previous graduate coursework in writing program administration and/or assessment would be helpful.

The student in this role will take a leadership role in the HCWE and attend regular HCWE staff meetings. He or she will report to Dr. Elizabeth Wardle, Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

Work may include the following:

  • Assisting the HCWE Director in facilitating the Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Program
  • Providing workshops and one-on-one consultations for faculty related to the teaching of writing across disciplines
  • Assisting with faculty writing boot camps and weekly writing hours
  • Assisting with dissertation completion support groups
  • Sitting on the HCWE Local Advisory Board and assisting with review of proposed Advanced Writing courses

Appointment is for one year, with possibility for renewal. The position comes with generous travel funds for presentations at relevant conferences.

Additional Graduate Assistantships

Please view the descriptions for additional graduate assistantship positions below:

Application Process

All positions are filled for 2017-18. Applications for 2018-19 will open in March 2018.

Students interested in this position should submit the following:

  • a CV that highlights relevant coursework and experience
  • a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as any special goals or initiatives the candidate might want to pursue in the position
  • a 1-page administrative philosophy that includes a discussion of core principles for decision-making
  • an academic writing sample
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., a sample syllabus, end-of-course evaluations, teaching observation letter)
  • the names and contact information for two references