UMKC Catalog


Graduate Assistantships


The Department of English offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships on a competitive basis. Applications for Graduate Teaching Assistantships are considered in January for the following fall semester. All Graduate Teaching Assistants are expected to enroll in at least six hours per semester. Graduate Teaching Assistantships may be awarded to students who demonstrate readiness to become teachers in freshman- and sophomore-level English courses. Graduate Teaching Assistants must undergo a pre-semester orientation and attend mentoring meetings twice monthly with the GTA mentor and fellow graduate teachers. GTAs are also required to enroll in English 5519 . Normally M.A. and M.F.A. students will receive a maximum of two years of GTA funding; Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students will receive a maximum of three years of GTA funding, and those who complete both an M.A. and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the department will receive a maximum of four years of GTA funding. These terms are contingent upon a successful yearly review of performance in the classroom and adequate academic performance. M.A. students who have completed 21 hours or more of coursework may not have their assistantships renewed without making a special appeal to the Graduate Committee justifying the need for continuing support. All GTAs must submit a brief statement of their intent to renew their GTA position to the Graduate Committee each year before the January 15 admissions deadline.