Teaching in the English Department as a Graduate Student

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).  Students do critical and creative writing in these courses, which fulfill 6,000 words of the University Writing Requirement.

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. 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. This course fulfills 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 3-4 1 course each semester

Teaching Load for PhD Students with M. A. 

Years 1-4 1 course each semester
Graduate student roundtable on teaching Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, 2018