Teaching Assistantships

The Department of English offered a total of 36 Teaching Assistantships to M.A., M.A.-TESL, and M.F.A. students for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Teaching Assistants (TAs) teach three sections of introductory composition courses per year (two sections one semester and one the other), under the supervision of the Director of Writing.  TAs usually take 18 credits of course work during the academic year and may also be expected to perform such duties as proctoring examinations and reading diagnostic or exit essays.

All TAs are considered in-state students and exempt from out-of-state tuition, a savings of over $13,000.  In-state fees are currently $7,586; unless offered an in-state fee scholarship, TAs are still responsible for payment of in-state fees.  Teaching Assistants are also given a stipend.  For the 2013-2014 academic year, first-year TAs will receive $13,200. Assistantships are awarded on a yearly basis, with a small increment in successive years .  Students interested in a second year may be considered without reapplication if they have demonstrated satisfactory progress toward the degree and strong performance as a teacher of writing.  M.A. students may receive two years of TA support; M.F.A. students may receive three years.

Students who are appointed Teaching Assistants must attend a one week pre-semester workshop.  In addition to the workshop, TAs must complete within their first year English 505, Composition Pedagogy and Practice.  English 506, Rhetoric and Composition: History, Theory, and Research, is recommended. 

** MFA applications do not require a separate TA form. All applicants will be considered for a TA-ship**

To apply, download and fill out the TA Application Form (PDF format).  To read this file, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.  You may also request a TA Application Form by emailing us at englishdept@uidaho.edu

After completing the form, send it to the director of the program to which you are applying (below) along with your statement of goals and writing sample if one was not included in your application materials.  While your application materials are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office within the College of Graduate Studies, TA applications are mailed directly to the Department of English:

                (Director’s Name)

                Department of English

                University of Idaho

                PO Box 441102

                Moscow, ID 83844-1102


Program Directors are:

                Master of Arts

                                David Sigler (dsigler@uidaho.edu; tel. 208-885-7657)

                Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

                                Steve Chandler (chandler@uidaho.edu; tel. 208-885-6918)

                Master of Arts in Teaching

                                Gary Williams (jgw@uidaho.edu; tel. 208-885-6156)


Applications must be postmarked by January 17, 2014.