Graduate Mentorships

Mentorship Information

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Mentorship Information

Each year, the department offers a handful of graduate research and graduate teaching mentorships, contingent upon Graduate School funding and applications from sponsoring faculty members. These mentorships allow interested MA and MFA students to work closely on a research project with a faculty member or to team-teach with a faculty member an undergraduate course in literature, rhetoric, or creative writing while receiving training in course design, pedagogy, and assessment. Interested students should contact the graduate program manager, Danielle Steed, for details about specific mentorships and their application deadlines.

Research or Teaching Mentorships: Department of English for Fall 2018

Application 2018 Mentorships

Name: Dr. Dennis Perry
Type of Mentorship: Teaching
Semester/Term: Fall 2018

This TA-ship will involve closely working with the professor in a literary survey course, English 293. The TA will benefit by learning about the American writers and texts he/she will be teaching in greater detail than their previous class experiences in such classes as students. In addition, grading and creating exams will provide unique experiences that will add to their teaching experiences in English 150. Finally, there is the experience of working closely with the professor on how to approach the various course tasks together, including creating and grading exams and grading papers.


Name: Dr. Jill Rudy
Type of Mentorship Research: Research Assistant
Semester/Term: Fall 2018

I request a research mentor student to participate on the FTTV digital humanities research project, and to produce scholarly essays. Research skills would include compiling and synthesizing information on current fairy-tale scholarship and intermediality. The student will learn to use our database and the Gephi program to create visualizations, and conceptualize and execute a research project resulting in least two peer-reviewed essays for a public audience and a scholarly journal article or conference-length presentation. This research will use the FTTV database and scalable (distant) reading methodologies. Completing a folklore course or fairy-tale seminar is a prerequisite. Editing, media studies, communications, or digital humanities experience is preferred. ______________________________________________________________________________

Name: Dr. Leslee Thorne-Murphy
Type of Mentorship Research: Teaching Assistant
Semester/Term: Fall 2018

I am looking for a graduate student mentee to collaborate in designing and teaching a section of English 236 (a GE Letters course) on Victorian Christmas literature during fall semester 2018. The mentee would work with me to select readings and design exams and essay assignments, and would conduct class discussions on a regular basis as well as help to grade assignments. The course will approach Christmas literature from the perspective of postsecular studies, as a place where secular and religious thinking come together in unexpected ways.



Name: Dr. Jamie Horrocks

Teaching Mentorship

Fall 2018


ENGL 251, “Introduction to English Studies,” has long been of the focus of the English Department’s core curriculum efforts and is the first class all English majors are required to take. This fall, I will be teaching a section of 251 with the intent of training an MA student who plans on going on to a PhD program in English and wishes to gain experience teaching literary theory. More than simply expanding a teaching repertoire, however, co-teaching this course would allow a grad student to reflect critically / methodologically on the work of literary studies. It would, perhaps, be something like a supplement to ENGL 630, as well as a chance for the student to learn to articulate and apply concepts studied earlier in 451 or 452.

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