Literature Classroom

Administrative Opportunities for Literature Graduate Students

A considerable strength of our program is that we offer extensive and diverse opportunities for graduate students to gain professional, administrative experience while contributing in positive ways to the university community. For doctoral students especially, this level and scope of administrative experience provides a strong professional credentials.

Assistant to Chief Departmental Advisor 

This position is a 20-hour graduate assistantship in lieu of a TAship. The Assistant to the CDA assists in the academic advising of undergraduates (holding open office hours), updates advising materials in consultation with the CDA, assigns faculty advisors to new majors, manages major and minor listservs, serves on and takes minutes for UGSC (undergraduate studies committee, which meets once a month), and assists with programs and events (career events, end-of-year celebration, e.g.). Ideally, this position is for PhD students.  It is possible to complete the literature teaching apprenticeship while holding this position.

Coordinator, Portfolio Program

(more info coming soon)

Assistant Directors of Composition

Each year two doctoral students are awarded positions as Assistant Directors of Composition. In this capacity, they serve as co-administrators with the Director of Composition, helping with administration, curriculum development, and teacher preparation in the first-year composition program. Their primary responsibilities are:

  • to co-teach with the Director the graduate seminars and practica on the teaching of writing (ENG 731, ENG 606, and ENG 607);

  • to advise and work with the new TAs who are teaching first-year composition (ENG 111) and advanced composition (ENG 225).

Assistant Directors & Consultants, the Howe Writing Initiative in the Farmer School of Business

The Howe Writing Initiative is a writing center, writing-across-the-curriculum program, and business writing program designed to enhance the quality of student writing and the teaching of writing in the Farmer School of Business. Each year three doctoral students in composition and rhetoric serve as the Assistant Directors, mentoring and teaching undergraduate consultants, advising and collaborating with business faculty, and offering consultations and workshops about writing. MA and PhD students also have the opportunity to work in the HWI as research assistants and writing center consultants.

Assistant Directors and Consultants, Howe Center for Writing Excellence

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence is a university-wide center that involves both a writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) program and the Howe Writing Center (a student writing center where undergraduate and graduate consultants work with student writers). A variety of assistantships and paid hourly opportunities exist for MA and PhD students to work as Writing Center consultants and as assistants on various WAC projects and other initiatives, providing graduate students with excellent opportunities for gaining experience in these important areas of writing studies

The Ohio Writing Project  & Department of English Master of Arts in Teaching

One of the first sites of the prestigious National Writing Project, the OWP is an active professional development program offering workshops and seminars for K-16 teachers. The OWP offers an annual youth writing camp, a large fall teacher conference, and administers Miami’s Master of Arts in Teaching English (MAT).  The OWP welcomes students who are interested in writing program administration, middle/high school writing center development, and K-12 literacy projects.