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 Mentorship :Department of English for Winter 2018

Application Winter 2018 Mentorships

Name: Dr. Paul Westover   
Type of Mentorship: Teaching, English 374
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

I’m looking for a graduate student mentee for my Winter 2018 section of ENGL 374 (British Romantic literature). The class will meet Tu/Th from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m., so the mentee will need to attend class during this time. In addition, he or she will meet with me regularly. The mentee will be responsible for teaching literary concepts, authors, and texts throughout the semester; helping me prepare study guides for exams; and designing, administering, and executing one of the required writing assignments. I’d also like the student to meet with students individually in order to review material, provide composition assistance, and conference. The ideal candidate will be specializing in later British literature and have experience teaching composition.


Name : Dr. Chris Crowe
Type of Mentorship: Research and Teaching      
Semester/Term: Winter  2018

I’m looking for a research assistant interested in contemporary YA literature. This position would include planning and teaching ENGL 420 as well as conducting research into some aspect of YA literature, conducting that research, and preparing a manuscript for submission.


Name: Brian Roberts                                                 
Type of Mentorship: Teaching                                              
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

 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 2018, MW 9:30-10:45 a.m., so applicants should be able to arrange their schedules accordingly


Name: Dr. Brandie Siegfried          
Type of Mentorship: Research
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

I intend to walk the student through the process of publication, including 1) how to write a book proposal and a cover letter to the publisher/editor; 2) how to create an introduction, Table of Contents, Bibliography, and Appendices in addition to the text proper; how and why to do source checking (for both primary and secondary sources); and how to handle final revisions upon receiving the reader review report.


Name: Dawan Coombs       
Type of Mentorship teaching: (possible research option)          
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

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 2017 semester. This teaching assistantship may be best suited for a graduate student who enjoys young adult literature, recognizes its literary merits.


Name: Dr. Aaron Eastly      
Type of Mentorship: Research
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

Professor Eastley is offering a research mentorship in connection with his project of writing a literary biography of Leslie Norris. Norris was a Welsh-born poet and short story writer. He grew up in Merthyr Tydfil, taught school in southern England, and eventually became well-known as a writer. He spent the last 20 years of his career in the English Department at BYU. The primary experience offered in this mentorship is to work on processing material held in the Leslie Norris Papers in the archives at the BYU Lee Library. The collection includes 54 boxes of material in all, including manuscripts, letters, and other materials. The research experience will involve working closely with Professor Easley, specifically taking ownership of the task of processing particular boxes of material in the archive. This will require the mentee to read carefully, think critically, take notes and do some transcribing of material, take pictures of key documents, and sort information into a book chapter matrix. It will also involve beginning to narrativize the material. The research and writing skills gained through this experience should be readily transferable to other archival research projects the mentee might pursue in the future.


Name: Dennis R. Perry                                               
Type of Mentorship Research: Research Assistant      
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

Professor Dennis R. Perry is in need of a research assistant to help with the preliminary research on a chapter for a book project on Nathaniel Hawthorne and Fairytales. Specifically, Perry will be delivering a paper on Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance at a joint Hawthorne/Poe conference in Kyoto, Japan in June 2018—for which the RA will help prepare the scholarly foundation. The research will focus on relevant scholarship on Blithedale, as well as on fairytale studies, particularly the contemporary, nuanced feminist scholarship on fairytales of recent date.


Name: Mary Eyring                                              
Type of Mentorship Research: Teaching Assistant      
Semester/Term: Winter 2018

I’m looking for two teaching assistants to help me plan and teach two sections of English 295. (Each TA will help me with one section.) Teaching assistants will work with me to develop and improve existing lesson plans, teach some material in class, work with students on their writing assignments in and out of class, and help me grade and respond to student writing. These sections of 295 will focus on the writings of Hawthorne and Melville. Teaching assistants need to be available T/Th from 11-12:15 or 12:30-1:45.


 

Study Abroad Application Information for Spring 2018

Dr. Jamie Horrocks – Spring 2018

I’m seeking an outstanding graduate student to accompany my study abroad group in the BYU London Centre in Spring of 2018 and to serve as my TA for ENGL 300R. ENGL 300R is a survey of 1000 years of British literature condensed into an astonishingly short 6 weeks and fulfills both GE and English major credit. The grad TA would assist with all aspects of the course (leading discussions, teaching literary analysis, grading student writing, and guiding students through the completion of their site visits/reports) and would participate in all aspects of the program. Thus, they would be able to visit a number of authors’ homes and literary sites in London itself, England, Scotland, and Paris. All English graduate students will be considered, but preference will be given to students doing British literature as their primary field of study. Applicants should have no other job commitments during Spring 2018 term and should include in their cover letter:

  • A list of all graduate courses they have completed or will have completed by the end of this semester (include instructors’ names)
  • A list of undergrad courses in British lit they have completed (again, include instructors’ names)
  • A description of any other study abroad programs in which they have participated
  • A description of where in the graduate program they currently are (first semester? submitted prospectus? third year?) and their anticipated date of defense
  • Any previous TA, mentorship, or teaching experience

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Dr. Lance Larsen – Spring 2018

As a graduate mentor, you will assist in the nuts and bolts of English 382, and in the process help Shakespeare come alive for 35-40 students—English and Theater majors as well as G.E. students.  You will spend ten hours each week wearing a variety of hats: grader and grade keeper, writing coach, assistant tour guide, small group discussion leader, liaison, itinerant researcher,  lecturer—in other words, a Renaissance woman or man in service of all matters Bard.  And what better place to do so than in London in May?  Applicants should be outgoing, enthusiastic, reliable, detail oriented.  Preference given to applicants with strong background and research interest in British literature, but open to all.Applicants should have no other job commitments during Spring 2018 term and should include in their cover letter:

  • A list of all graduate courses they have completed or will have completed by the end of this semester (include instructors’ names)
  • A list of undergrad  or graduate courses in Shakespeare  or other  literature courses  they have completed (again, include instructors’ names)
  • A description of any other study abroad programs in which they have participated
  • A description of where in the graduate program they currently are (first semester? submitted prospectus? third year?) and their anticipated date of defense
  • Any previous TA, mentorship, or teaching experience

Download Application


Danielle Steed

4166 JFSB

(801) 422-8673

danielle_steed@byu.edu

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