English: Literature - Doctor of Philosophy:Opportunities
Training in Teaching
Most Ph.D. candidates hold Teaching Assistantships throughout their programs, and the practical experience of teaching Freshman Composition is part of the candidate's preparation for a career in teaching. The course on teaching of composition (English 910) and the regular English 401 staff meetings supplement this experience, giving the teaching itself some theoretical underpinning and encouraging mutual reflection on teaching methods and problems. For those who want even stronger credentials in the teaching of composition, the seminar on teaching composition (English 917) allows students to do first-hand research.
During the third and fourth years of the program, the candidate will typically do one or more apprenticeships in the teaching of literature. Instead of teaching English 401, the student will be assigned to teach one or two of the 500-level (sophomore level) literature courses and work with a faculty member in the department on developing all aspects of the course--planning the syllabus, leading discussions, lecturing, grading, etc.
Support for Professional Conferences
The English Department offers some modest support for graduate students who are giving a paper or chairing a session at a professional conference in their field. Because these awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis, you should apply as soon as you can in the academic year. To apply, write the Graduate Coordinator a letter requesting support; include the title of your paper (or session, if you are chairing a session), the conference and location at which it will be given, the dates of the conference, and an estimate of your anticipated expenses. The Graduate Coordinator will notify you in writing about the availability of support.
The Graduate School also offers modest support for graduate students who are giving a paper or chairing a session at a professional conference. These awards can be combined with support from the English Department. Last year, awards were $200 per conference and were awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fill out an application form here. Please include an acknowledgment that you have received support from the English Department (if you have). The Graduate School will notify you in writing about the availability of support. It is a courtesy to the Graduate School to thank them after the conference for supporting your work.
At present, the English Department and Graduate School do not offer financial support for attending professional conferences without giving a paper or chairing a panel.