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, Tessa Hauglid, for details about specific mentorships and their application deadlines.



Research or Teaching Mentorships: Department of English for Winter, Spring, Summer 2019

Karen Brown, Winter, 8-10 hours/wk., Teaching

This teaching assistantship will support ENGL 230: Studies in Literature, a general education course that introduces students to literary themes, forms, and authors through young adult literature. The TA will help plan course activities, develop materials, facilitate class discussions and activities, as well as assess student work.  If the TA chooses, he or she may also conduct classroom-based research and gain firsthand experience collecting, coding and analyzing data. Work will conclude at the end of the Winter 2019 semester. This teaching assistantship may be best suited for a graduate student who enjoys young adult literature and recognizes its literary merits.



Nick Mason and Ed Cutler, Winter, 13 hours/wk., Teaching

Nick Mason and Ed Cutler invite applications for a Winter 2019 teaching mentorship in their 6-credit, 60-student section of ENGL 294. Our graduate student mentee will help design and teach this survey of transatlantic literary history and will be responsible for roughly one-third of the grading. Preference given to applicants with prior teaching experience, demonstrated interest and training in American and later-British (post-1800) literature, and career plans that include teaching literature on the university level. The student needs to be available for 2 office hours per week and attend class from 10-11:50 on MWF.


Keith Lawrence, Winter (with option for Spring and Summer), 10-13 hours/wk., Research

The researcher will assist in critiquing, revising, and editing a five-chapter monograph on very early Asian American male writers; the mentorship will also involve some secondary-source research. The researcher will gain experience in preparing a scholarly ms for pre-publication review and acceptance; will receive training in pre-publication critique and editing; and will enjoy opportunities to study and assess largely unknown but important primary texts


Brian Roberts, Winter, 13 hours/wk., Teaching

Teaching mentorship opportunity: TA for a section of ENGL 293, American Literary History. The TA will aid in developing, improving, and delivering lecture materials as well as in developing, improving, and grading assignments. Applicants should have taken ENGL 293 (or an equivalent) as undergraduates. The course is scheduled for Winter 2019, MW 8:00–9:15 a.m., so applicants should be able to arrange their schedules accordingly.


David Stock, Winter, 10-12 hours/wk., Teaching

The BYU Writing Center invites graduate students to apply to work as a teaching assistant in the Research and Writing Center. Responsibilities include assisting the Writing Center Coordinator and Associate Coordinator in training, mentoring, and supervising writing consultants (on site and online), developing program resources, participating in assessment efforts, and engaging in related activities. The assistant will attend weekly coordination meetings, training meetings, and other scheduled tasks as needed, but most hours will be flexible. Benefits include teaching and mentoring experience, professional development opportunities, and mentored learning. Preference given to applicants with prior college-level writing tutoring experience.


John Bennion, Spring, 15 hours/wk., Teaching

Teaching Mentorship in Integrated Natural History (a Utah-based Study Abroad Program): the course will explore Utah during Spring Term 2019. The specific classes that the graduate student will assist with are Writing 150 and possibly English 306, but the graduate student will also be mentored in program and curriculum creation and in the teaching of skills and techniques associated with writing personal/natural history/travel essays.  This will be a process-oriented, interdisciplinary, student-centered, experiential writing class. The graduate student will also practice teaching writing while exploring the wilderness and other outdoor environments.


Rick Duerden, Spring, 10 hours/wk, Teaching (2 positions)

BYU’s Theatre in London Study Abroad program is looking for two TAs for Spring term 2019.

The directors are Megan Sanborn Jones of the Theatre & Media Arts Department and Rick Duerden of the English Department.

Duties include tutoring, teaching if you wish, blog or website maintenance, grading, some administrative tasks, and being shepherd and enthusiastic guide to students.  Total work time should add up to ten hours per week per TA.

Two courses will be taught: Shakespeare and Studies in Theatre.

Most of the students are seniors or juniors majoring in English or theatre.

We leave on or around April 30, and most will return on June 18.

Additional pay and duties are possible if a TA also wishes to serve as Facilitator for the Study Abroad Prep Course.


Joey Franklin, Spring, 13 hours/wk., Teaching

I would like to mentor a graduate student in teaching English 317R: Writing Creative Nonfiction as part of the Spring 2019 British Literature and Landscape study abroad program. The course will be experiential, exploring many historic and literary sites in England, Scotland, and Wales. The graduate student will focus on teaching creative writing, with a particular emphasis on the personal essay. The graduate student will also mentor developing writers as they gather notes and experiences, learn fundamental writing techniques, conceive and draft essays, and revise their writing. The program consists of extensive hiking (~200 miles) and will require the student to teach outside the traditional classroom.


Leslee Thorne-Murphy, Spring, 13 hours/wk., Teaching

I am seeking a graduate student with expertise in British literature to work as a teaching mentee in English 300R: English Literature in a Cultural Setting, as part of the Spring 2019 British Literature and Landscape study abroad program. The course will be experiential, exploring many landscapes and literary sites in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The mentee will help plan the course, introduce students to literature from a wide range of periods, and work with students on brief writing assignments. The program consists of extensive hiking (~200 miles) and will allow the student to teach outside the traditional classroom.



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