GAA and GTRA Application Instructions

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Truman may apply for a variety of graduate administrative and editorial (GAA) assistantships or a graduate teaching (GTRA) assistantship.

GAA and GTRA application materials are submitted as part of the online application for the Master of Arts in English program. See more details at Application Information/Checklist>>

For each assistantship you apply for, please write and upload a statement (two-page maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font) that describes:

  • the strengths you believe you bring to the position
  • the related experience you bring to the position
  • the skills you believe you will gain personally and professionally from the experience
  • how you perceive the position will help you attain your career goals.

If you are applying for multiple positions, please rank the assistantships in order of preference and indicate this in each of your statements.
Ex: “Of the GAA/GTRA positions I am applying for, this assistantship ranks #1.”

GAA and GTRA Selection Process

Once your application and statements have been reviewed by the Director of English Graduate Studies, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews may be done in person or conducted via Skype or similar technology.

An evaluation committee, consisting of the graduate administrative and editorial assistantship supervisors, the Director of English Graduate Studies, and the English and Linguistics Department Chair, will interview all applicants for GAA positions.

An evaluation committee, consisting of the Graduate Teaching Coordinator, the Director of English Graduate Studies, and the English and Linguistics Department Chair, will interview all applicants for GTRA positions.

Students meeting the requirements for each available position will be ranked in order of qualifications by the committee interviewing them. The English graduate committee as a whole will then compare those rankings to determine the awarding of assistantships. The Director of English Graduate Studies will notify you of the decision.