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 while Writing through Media (ENG 1131) varies in the cultural forms it addresses. 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, our graduate students teach in the University Writing Program (UWP). After that, they alternate between Department and UWP assignments.
Teaching Load for MFA Students
|Year 1||1 course each semester|
|Years 2 & 3||1 course for one semester, 2 courses for the other|
Teaching Load for PhD Students with B. A. only
|Year 1||1 course for each semester|
|Year 2||1 course for one semester, 2 courses for the other|
|Years 3-6||1 course each semester|
Teaching Load for PhD Students with M. A.
|Years 1-4||1 course each semester|