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Teaching Assistantships

The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers thirteen teaching assistantships over a three-year period, with the number of new assistantships available each fall varying from two to six. Teaching assistantships carry stipends of $10,451 per year plus a waiver of in-state or out-of-state tuition and fees. They are renewable for subsequent years given satisfactory performance in both teaching and graduate course work.

Graduate teaching assistants teach three courses a year, starting with one course in their first semester. In a workshop before classes begin in the fall, and in a seminar throughout the first semester, they receive intensive training in teaching freshman composition, including mentoring in pedagogy and composition and rhetorical theory. Second- and third-year teaching assistants may be offered an introductory class in either fiction or poetry to teach, if courses are available and applicants are qualified.

Application materials are available by mail from the Creative Writing Office. For priority consideration, all teaching assistantship application materials must be received by January 15.

Steps in the application process:

1. Fill out the Boise State University Graduate Assistant Application form.

2. Apply for a teaching assistantship by writing a one-page, single-spaced statement indicating why you would like this assistantship, what special qualifications you bring to it, and how the experience will affect your later professional plans.

3. Respond to the “Teaching Assistantship for English Composition Application Form.” Your responses to the questions and the student essay attest to your experience and judgment in assessing how a piece of writing may be improved.

4. Submit a sample of your recent work, 1,000-2,000 words in length. (Note: MFA applicants who have already submitted a writing sample for admission to the MFA program do not need an additional writing sample.)

5. Submit a vita and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the three persons who can be contacted for recommendtations. At least two of them should be persons who know your academic work; if this is impossible because of your particular career path, please list people who know your abilities in other areaas of endeavor and include an explanation.

6. Send ALL of the above items to Mitch Wieland, Director, MFA in Creative Writing, English Department, 1910 University Drive, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725. In addition, apply to the Graduate College by filling out the application and having official transcripts from all institutions previously attended sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers two graduate assistantships: one to assist the director of the MFA program, and one to assist in the production of The Idaho Review and cold-drill. They are renewable for subsequent years given satisfactory performance in both teaching and graduate course work.

Steps in the application process:

1. Fill out the four-page Boise State University Graduate Assistant Application form.

2. Apply for a specific graduate assistantship by writing a one-page, single-spaced statement indicating why you would like the assistantship, what special qualifications you bring to it, and how the experience will affect your later professional plans.