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Assistantships

The Department of English offers a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) each year. Assistantships include salary, health insurance, and full tuition remission.

TAships are available for up to two years at the master’s level and up to five years at the doctoral level. The number of years of assistance the student might receive is counted from the date of enrollment in the program, not from the date that the TAship was awarded. Renewals are conditioned upon academic and teaching performance. To review the complete set of rules regarding Teaching Assistantship renewals, please see the department’s Graduate Student Handbook.

Assistantships are for the full academic year only. New students can apply for a TAship by completing the Financial Aid and Teaching Assistantships questionnaire in the Panthera graduate admission application.

All TAs take two courses per semester, usually for a total of six credits. Most new TAs take English 700, Teaching Writing Practicum, in their first semester. Most first-year TAs have a 2-1 teaching load; that is, new TAs teach two classes in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. In the following years, all TAs teach 2-2.

Most TAs begin teaching first-year writing and continue to teach various writing courses throughout their assistantships. In later years they also have the opportunity to teach courses in literary studies, creative writing, film studies, media studies, women’s studies, business or professional writing, introductory linguistics and occasionally courses for other departments or programs.

The 2018-2019 TA salary schedule is as follows:

Non-doctoral: $13,750
Doctoral: $15,000
Dissertator: $16,600

Assistance packages (pro forma)*

An assistance package to a single, non-resident doctoral GTA might look like this:

$15,000 GTA salary (9 months)
$19,014 Approximate value of non-resident tuition waiver
$6,222 Approximate value of health insurance premiums paid by UWM
-$546 Approximate 12 month insurance contribution paid by employee
-$1,445
__________
Approximate student fees
$38,245 Total approximate annual value of assistance package for a single, non-resident, doctoral GTA

*Additional conditions may apply.
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Graduate Project Assistantships or Research Assistantships

The Department has very few Project Assistant (PA) positions. Research Assistantships are given to individual faculty members who select the recipients themselves.