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A graduate teaching assistant generally teaches two courses and takes two or three courses each semester. To hold an assistantship, the graduate student must be admitted unconditionally to the Graduate School, take the minimum number of hours as specified by the Graduate School in each long semester, and be making satisfactory progress toward the degree. GTAs with fewer than 18 graduate credits in English teach in tandem with a senior GTA until the 18 hours are completed. In addition, the GTA must successfully complete six credit hours of training (ENGL 5389 and ENGL 5359) and attend a practicum for one hour each week during the first two semesters. All new GTAs must attend a two-day orientation in August. Preference is given to students who are available to hold assistantships for both the fall and spring semesters.
The First Year English Program at The University of Texas at Arlington integrates reading, writing, and critical thinking. During the first semester, our goal is to prepare our students in the conventions of academic writing; during the second semester, we emphasize argumentative writing. The program involves very little lecturing by the instructor. Most of the work with students occurs in conferences or small groups in a workshop setting. The emphasis is on working through a series of drafts with each student.
REGULAR GTA: Salaries generally range from $10,000 (for Master’s students) to $12,500 (for PhD students), $15,500 (for PhD students who are ABD) per academic year. Salaries will be announced after the UTA Budget is approved. The opportunity to teach summer classes exists, but summer support is not guaranteed. A benefits package that includes medical, life, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance is also provided. At the present time, half of the cost of these benefits is paid by the state, and coverage begins 90 days after the first day of employment. Optional vision and dental insurance is available for a fee. Both in-state and out-of-state GTAs pay in-state tuition. UTA’s tuition is among the lowest in the nation. See the UTA Graduate School website for information about tuition and fees.
Applications are accepted beginning in October and reviewed as they are received, with offers made to qualified candidates until all assistantships are filled. However, to receive full consideration for an assistantship, please submit your GTA application by March. 15th. Assistantships are contingent upon prior acceptance to The Graduate School, but we will consider your application while admission is pending. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Justin Lerberg, Director of First Year Writing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 817.272.2488.
Send applications by email attachment or by regular mail to:
Dr. Justin Lerberg
English Department/Box 19035
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 78019-0035