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Graduate Teaching Assistant - English Department


To be considered for this position, a complete application will include the following attachments:
1) Cover letter addressing the position and your qualifications, specifically in response to the following prompts: How might your own writing experiences inform your teaching of writing? What might be your top three learning goals for students in your Foundations of Writing and Rhetoric course and why? How would you support linguistically and culturally diverse writers in your classroom? Share your vision for an inclusive and compassionate writing classroom.
2) Resume/Vita
3) Unofficial transcripts

The materials submitted along with the application for admission to the program will also be considered when determining Graduate Assistantship appointments. The assistantship packet can be e-mailed to



POSITION START DATE: August 11, 2024


Graduate Teaching Assistants teach one (1) four-credit section of Foundations of Writing and Rhetoric (ENG 101) for mainstream or multilingual writers per semester during the academic year, supervised by the English Department First-Year Writing Director and/or Multilingual Writing Director. New Teaching Assistants must report for a one-week workshop on August 12, 2024. Classes begin on August 26, 2024. 



  • A Bachelor's Degree in English or related field.
  • Admission to the College of Graduate Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Strong English language speaking and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in academic writing.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with undergraduate students, faculty, and other Teaching Assistants.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of six (6) graduate credits per semester during assistantship.
  • Admitted to a Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate program by start date.
  • Enrolled in a minimum of six (6) graduate credits per semester during assistantship, and in good academic standing.



  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Enrollment in a graduate degree program in English at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Strong interest in teaching composition to a variety of undergraduate student populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.


SALARY/STIPEND: Up to $10,000 plus tuition stipends, dependent upon availability of funds, period of appointment, and assignment. Appointments made after the tenth day of classes are not eligible for a tuition waiver.


New Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to enroll in a workshop course (ENG 622/3) that runs August 12-16, 2024 and continues meeting weekly during the fall semester. Additionally, they are required to take ENG 625: Composition Theory or ENG 628: Second Language Writing during the second semester of appointment. Teaching Assistants in the English Department are instructors of record, responsible for developing materials and delivering content for their own ENG 101 course within the parameters of the existing course curriculum. Teaching Assistantships are renewable for a second year so long as the TA remains in good academic standing and fulfills the department’s professional development requirements. For information about English programs, visit the department website at: Additional information about graduate assistantships at Minnesota State University, Mankato is available at Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at

Minnesota State System policy requires that graduate assistants must reside within the State of Minnesota for the duration of their appointment. 

Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at


Abigail Bakke, Graduate Director

English Department

Minnesota State University, Mankato 

230 Armstrong Hall

Mankato, MN 56001 

Phone: (507) 389-2117

TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711 



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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This vacancy notice is available in an alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.