Professional Development Opportunities

We have the following Professional Development Opportunities for students accepted in the Master of Arts In English Program at Weber State University.  

Teaching Assistantships (3-5 per year)

Competitively awarded; students selected for these positions will receive a stipend of approximately $1260.00 for the 1st semester and then approximately $5271.00 per semester for teaching 2 classes in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters. Includes a partial tuition waiver for up to 6 credit hours. Positions are renewed on a year-to-year basis, with satisfactory reviews, and will expire after a term of two years. 

Teaching Apprenticeships (2-4 per year) 

Competitively awarded; includes a partial tuition waiver for up to 3 credit hours per semester for the 1st semester. Students selected for this position will work closely with full-time faculty members teaching composition or literature classes; duties may include working one-on-one with students, leading discussion groups, teaching entire classes, assisting with grading and discussing pedagogies with faculty members.  Students selected for these positions will teach 2 classes in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters.  A partial tuition waiver for up to 6 credit hours and a stipend of approximately $5271.00 will be awarded in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters.  Positions are renewed on a year-to-year basis, with satisfactory reviews, and will expire after a term of two years.

Research Assistantship (1 per year) 

Competitively awarded; includes a partial tuition waiver for up to 3 credit hours per semester for a total of 2 semesters.  The student awarded a Research Assistantship will work closely with one or more faculty members during fall and spring semesters. Depending on needs, the successful candidate will be expected to assist faculty with research projects, including library and web-based research; provide outreach for the Master of Arts in English Program and/or the Department of English; work on projects with the MENG Program Director; assist with event planning, hosting authors, scheduling events, and more; work 8-10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters.  Position is reviewed at the end of the semester and expires after one year. 
 

Weber-The Contemporary West Assistantship (1 per year) 

Competitively awarded; includes a partial tuition waiver for up to 3 credit hours per semester for a total of 2 semesters.  The student awarded this assistantship will work closely with the Editor, Dr. Michael Wutz, and the Managing Editor, Ms. Kristin Jackson, on the professional academic journal Weber-The Contemporary West. The person selected will perform on- and off-campus marketing outreach; perform image research and procurement; perform layout and web-based work; do pre-sorting of manuscripts, occasional correspondence, and editing assignments, among others; work 8-10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters.  Position is reviewed at the end of the semester and expires after one year.
 

Conference Travel Funding 

Master of Arts in English students have presented at conferences in Canada, Illinois, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, New Mexico, Taiwan and elsewhere. The Program encourages students to present their papers at professional conferences in the United States and overseas, and can underwrite up to $500 in travel costs following the submission and acceptance of a travel proposal to the Program Director. The Graduate Student fund from the Office of Undergraduate Research also provides monies upon submission and acceptance of a travel proposal. 

Editorial Positions with Aelerus Graduate Student Journal 

Aelerus is a student-run academic journal focused on literary-critical writing. Submissions to the journal come from around the country, including Georgia, California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Idaho, South Carolina, and Utah, among others. All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed.  Aelerus has numerous editorial positions available for students, including Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, and Managing Editor, among others.

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