English and Writing graduate students at Portland State University have a variety of possibilities for employment
and professional development. Listed below are some of our employment opportunities.
Graduate Assistantships: We have a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available in
which you teach in a variety of contexts: teaching lower division composition courses, tutoring in the writing center, and assisting graduate program
faculty with program and course development, and events. Depending on what your primary focus is, you may also teach courses in creative writing, technical
writing, nonfiction writing, or gain administrative experience by serving as assistant director of writing.
As a Graduate Assistant (GA) you receive both tuition remission and a stipend for the three terms of the academic year, and your work supervised by the
Director of Writing. In recent years we have also been able to offer some employment in the summer though this is not guaranteed. Graduate Assistantships
are two-year appointments, with your contract renewed at the end of the first year provided your performance is satisfactory. Hence, you can only apply
for a Graduate Assistantship at the time you apply to the graduate program.
Writing Intensive Course (WIC) Assistant: In these positions you assist faculty in teaching
writing skills for their WIC class. These courses span the curriculum and are mainly offered in departments other than English. Responsibilities may
include such activities as reading drafts, leading writing workshops, or doing presentations on writing. To qualify for a WIC position you should take either
English 413/513 Teaching and Tutoring Writing or English 414/514 Introduction to Composition Theory. WIC assistants are paid hourly and work less than
15 hours per week. This position does not include tuition remission. Download a WIC application or
contact Susan Kirtley for more information.
Writing Center Tutor: This position provides tutoring to students in one-to-one sessions in
the Writing Center under the supervision of the Writing Center Coordinator, Dan DeWeese. To qualify for a Writing Center Tutor position, it is recommended
you first take English 413/513 Teaching and Tutoring Writing. Tutors do not receive tuition remission but are paid an hourly wage or they may work for credit.
Contact Dan DeWeese for more information.
English Assistant: In this position you assist faculty in teaching the
content of their courses. Responsibilities may include such activities as reading drafts, leading discussions, and lecturing. To qualify for
an English assistantship, you should be in your second year of graduate study so that you have already experienced several graduate
courses. English assistants do not receive tuition remission but may receive graduate credit.
University Studies Graduate Mentor: Graduate Mentors are hired as
Graduate Teaching Assistants to assist in Sophomore Inquiry classes. They work closely with their faculty partners and are creative
team players in implementing course objectives. Mentors work 10-20 hours per week and receive graduate tuition and a monthly stipend.
See Becoming a Mentor for more information.
Work-Study Positions: If you qualify for the Federal Work-Study program, you may
apply for a variety of jobs posted by the English department. To determine your eligibility,
see PSU's Financial Aid website.