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English Department Graduate Assistantships (GAships) are professional opportunities designed to allow you to learn many facets of teaching in a collaborative and supportive program. A GA appointment is a kind of apprenticeship in which you not only practice teaching but also learn about being an academic professional and what it means to be a member of an English department.
GAs receive a stipend and a 9-credit tuition remission in fall, winter, and spring terms. GAs are appointed for two years, depending on performance (except for the Book Publishing Program, which appoints some of their GAs from the first year student pool).
To apply, check the box on the program application when you are asked if you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. The application will then double as the GAship application. It is recommended that you include a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae on your application.
First year English GAs typically tutor in the Writing Center for one quarter, and teach WR 115 or WR 121 College Writing for two quarters. Second year English GAs typically teach each quarter; these courses may include introductory technical and creative writing.
For specific information on Graduate Assistantships, view the GA Handbook. Contact the Human Resources Department at 503-725-4926 for more information on the documentation required to accept your GAship and become a PSU employee, or visit the HR onboarding page and the EPAF guide.
Further sources of funding are listed on the Graduate School's Funding website. Some of these funding options include:
- University-wide Graduate Assistantships. Teaching, research, or administrative; stipend and tuition remission.
- Peer Mentor Program. Stipend and tuition remission; applications generally due January 15 to begin work the following Fall.
- Laurels Graduate Award. $5,000 tuition remission per year; scholarship applications generally due February 1 for the following academic year.
- Portland State University Online Scholarship Application. Scholarship applications generally due February 1 for the following academic year.