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Graduate Student Teaching

We’re proud of the innovative work our graduate students do teaching courses in our General Education curriculum. Several of them have published about their teaching, with recent essays appearing in Composition Studies,  Digital English: A Handbook for the 21st Century, and disClosure: a Journal of Social Theory. 

Students in our MFA program have opportunities to teach beginning and intermediate courses in either Fiction Writing (CRW 1101, CRW 2100) or Poetry Writing (CRW 1301, CRW 2300).  There is one Honors section of each 2000-level course. Students do critical and creative writing in these courses, which fulfill 6,000 words of the University Writing Requirement. Depending on scheduling needs, some MFA students may also have an opportunity to teach a different Department GenEd course.

PhD students have opportunities to teach Department courses in some of these areas: Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Writing Studies.

Our GenEd  literature survey courses include American Literature (AML 2070), British Literature (ENL 2120,  ENL 2022), and World Literature  (LIT 2110,  LIT 2020); all fulfill 6,000 words of the University Writing Requirement. Our students often choose a theme for focusing these survey courses, such as Gender and Sexuality, Mythologies,  Nature, Travel, or Utopia/Dystopia. We also offer Introduction to Literature (LIT 2000), part of the State of Florida  Core curriculum.

Our GenEd film and media studies courses offer students critical, creative, and multimodal approaches to interpreting and writing about texts. Film Analysis (ENG 2300) grounds students in film form, history, and criticism. Writing through Media (ENG 1131) varies in the cultural forms it assesses; these courses have computer classrooms. Recent themes for ENG 1131 include explorations of Comics, Gaming, Social Media, Podcasting, and Television. Both courses fulfill 6,000 words of the University Writing Requirement.

Our GenEd course in Technical Writing (ENC 2210) teaches communications forms for the workplace, including memos, manuals, reports, resumes, and digital modes such as infographics and podcasts.  Multimodal Writing  (ENC 1136) is a new GenEd course focused on digital literacies. Both courses fulfill 6,000 words of the University Writing Requirement.

PhD students also have opportunities to propose Special Topics courses to the Director of Graduate Student Teaching for either Issues in American Literature & Culture (AML 2410) or Topics for Composition (ENC 1145). Recent topics for AML 2410 include: Between Page and Screen, The Girl Detective, Literature of Resistance, and Southern Gothic. Recent Topics for ENC 1145 include: Writing about Native Narratives, Writing about Science/Fiction, Women Writing Journeys, and Writing about Toys. These courses fulfill 6,000 words of the University Writing Requirement.

During their first year in the MFA or PhD program, graduate students teach in the University Writing Program (UWP).  Entering MFAs and entering BAs teach a class taught by a small team of first-year TAs supervised by a mentor teacher. Entering English MA-holders with composition teaching experience are typically assigned as sole instructors.

For the remainder of their funding package, MFA and PhD students will be assigned to the Department of English and the University Writing Program (depending on English Department need and English Department section availability).

Teaching Load for MFA Students

Year 1 1 course for each semester (fall and spring); see “first year” above.
Year 2 1 course for one semester (fall or spring), 2 courses for the other semester (fall or spring)
Year 3 1 course for one semester (fall or spring), 2 courses for the other semester (fall or spring)

Teaching Load for PhD Students with B. A equivalent (i.e. PhD students not entering with an English MA)

Year 1 1 course for each semester (fall and spring), see “first year” above.
Year 2 1 course for one semester (fall or spring), 2 courses for the other semester (fall or spring)
Years 3-6 1 course each semester (fall and spring)

Teaching Load for PhD Students entering with an English M.A. (or an equivalent degree)

Years 1-4 1 course each semester (fall and spring)
Graduate student roundtable on teaching Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, 2018