English M.A. Graduate Administrative Assistantships (GAAs)

GAA Application Instructions

Truman’s Master of Arts in English program offers incoming and current full-time English MA students the opportunity to apply for Graduate Administrative Assistantships (GAAs). These year-long administrative and editorial positions provide professional development that support diverse career paths as well as funding for 4.5 of the 9 credits needed each semester to be considered a full-time student (defraying the expense of 4.5 credits in the fall semester and 4.5 credits in the spring) as well as a $4,000 stipend, paid in monthly installments, Sept. 15 – June 15.

Yearly administrative and editorial assistantships are renewable based on satisfactory job performance. Current administrative and editorial assistants need to re-apply by Feb. 15 for positions for the following year, pending finalization of university funding. Students applying for funding for their second year of study are encouraged to apply for a range of administrative, editorial, or teaching graduate assistantships in order to diversify the professional skills they can offer future employers.

For detailed information about how to apply for or renew a GAA assistantship, please click on the following link:  GAA and GTRA Application Instructions>>

Since these positions are awarded on a yearly basis, students entering the program in January will not be able to apply for a teaching assistantship their first semester but can apply for a position for the coming academic year. A student may only hold one administrative, editorial, or teaching assistantship at a time.

Since graduate administrative assistantships are half-time positions, students who receive them are allowed to work an additional 10 hours a week for institutional pay.

Job Descriptions of Available Assistantships

Assistant Advising Coordinator: The student awarded this administrative assistantship will work under the supervision of the EASE committee. Duties may include:

  • Promoting student awareness and participation in the Student Research and conference participation
  • Maintaining the English Advising Blackboard site by updating information and making sure all links remain functional and clearly formatted
  • Participating actively in EASE (the English Advising in Support of Excellence Committee)
  • Coordinating with the Center for Academic Excellence, the Office of Student Research, and the new Director of Retention on advising initiatives

Assistant to Ofstad Coordinator: The student will work closely with the Ofstad Coordinator to plan and oversee events associated with the Ofstad visiting writer/scholar program. Duties may include:

  • Working under direct supervision of Ofstad Coordinator to facilitate Ofstad visiting scholar and writer visits
  • Being onsite for events to help them run smoothly
  • Working in tandem with the English & Linguistics Social Media Coordinator to publicize events

English and Linguistics Social Media Coordinator: The student awarded this administrative assistantship will be the point person for the social media campaign for the Department of English & Linguistics. Duties may include:

  • Developing and publishing social media
  • Creating and sending out notifications to alumni
  • Coordinating with student clubs so achievements can be recognized
  • Interviewing and writing profiles of the English and Linguistics “Faculty Member of the Month” and “Student of the Month”

Editorial Assistant: Students applying for editorial assistant position have the opportunity to work with:

Scholarly Journals — Students awarded these editorial assistantship will work under the supervision of the editor of the journal, learning every aspect of how scholarly journals are managed and produced. Currently, two such assistantships are available: one with the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, edited by Dr. Sara Day, and one with The McNair Scholarly Review, edited by Dr. Heather Cianciola. Editorial assistants will:

    • Proofreading and copy-edit texts
    • Checking citations
    • Finding images and arrange copyright permissions
    • Handling e-mail correspondence related to journal distribution and returning of forms
    • Performing other editorial duties assigned by the journal editor

Literary Journals— Students awarded these editorial positions could aid with the marketing and promotion of Truman’s undergraduate literary journal Windfall. Duties may include:

    • Developing promotional materials and a social media campaign
    • Updating and maintaining the Windfall website
    • Interviewing contributors and staff for biographical pieces

or work with the Missouri Folklore Review and the Green Hills Literary Lantern. Duties may include:

    • Handling e-mail correspondence related to journal distribution and returning of forms
    • Performing other editorial duties assigned by the journal editor