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Teaching Assistantships are available in the Department of English on a competitive basis. Admission to the program does not guarantee a TA. Priority is granted to PhD and MFA students in English. MA and MTESOL students are not funded.
TAs teach three classes per year.
Application Deadline: January 1
Procedures for new applicants in the English Department:
Your application for a teaching assistant (TA) position will be evaluated along with your application to a degree program, using the letters of recommendation, resume, and writing sample already in your application for the degree program. A statement of teaching philosophy is also required which you will upload on a separate page in the application.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy: ASU is proud to serve a diverse student body. In the statement of teaching philosophy, prospective candidates should outline instructional experiences that have prepared them to serve our diverse student body in the context of first-year writing instruction. If candidates do not have teaching experience, they should explain how they will prepare for a prospective teaching appointment in ASU Writing Programs. Regardless of one's experiences, candidates should make a concerted effort to explain how their teaching principles connect to specific teaching practices. The statement of teaching philosophy should be between 500-750 words.
MFA applicants must inlude an academic writing sample (10-15 pages, double spaced) along with their statement of teaching philosophy. For questions, please contact the Program Manager Justin Petropoulos.
Procedures for current students in the English Department:
Current students who are applying for teaching assistantships must submit three letters of recommendation, a minimum 10-15 page, double-spaced academic writing sample, a résumé, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Please send the documents to email@example.com by January 1.
The Test of Spoken English (TSE) or Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) is required for international students whose native language is not English. A score of 55 or above on the TSE/SPEAK is required to be eligible for consideration for a teaching assistantship. Other options include taking the IBT test and receive a score of 26 or higher on the speaking portion of the test or taking the IELTS and receiving an 8 or higher on the speaking portion of the test. This requirement cannot be waived. For more information on this requirement, please contact the International Teaching Assistantship Program.
$18,564 annual stipend includes tuition waiver and health insurance
Tuition and Fees:
Out-of-state tuition and in-state fees are waived 100 percent for graduate assistants and associates at 50 percent time (two classes per semester or 20 hours per week). Those holding 25 percent appointments (one course per semester or 10 hours per week) will receive full remission of out-of-state tuition and a 50 percent waiver of in-state fees. See the tuition schedule for more detailed costs.
Applicants must be admitted to a graduate degree program with regular status to be eligible for teaching assistant positions. Official transcripts and proof of measles vaccination must be submitted prior to registration.
Students applying for admission to the program will upload their teaching philosophy during the online application process before January 1.
New TAs are required to attend an intensive Summer Orientation Session in which they will prepare to teach ENG 101: First Year Composition during the fall semester. Attendance in the Orientation is a mandatory part of the Teaching Assistantship/Associateship contract. As a contracted part of the TAship, new TAs must also register for and attend the three-credit ENG 594 TA Seminar during the fall semster.
Teaching Options for Existing TA:
Explore other financial options at https://students.asu.edu/graduate/finances