Department of English


Graduate Assistantships

The Department of English offers several opportunities for graduate students to help finance their education through graduate assistantships tutoring undergraduate and international students and helping to improve the writing of their fellow students. Graduate assistants at St. Cloud State receive a between $5,000-$10,000 stipend and six-eight graduate credits, depending on  hours worked. 


A graduate assistantship in linguistics is open to students who have demonstrated excellence in linguistics/applied linguistics/TESL courses.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, demonstrated interest in linguistics, commitment to students enrolled in English 361, Introduction to Linguistics, especially those taking the course online.

Candidates must be committed to working collaboratively with a culturally, linguistically and racially diverse student population. To apply they must have completed, with a grade of B or higher: ENGL 361, ENGL 464/564/664 and ENGL 473/573/663.

Contact Professor Ettien Koffi for more information.

Write Place

Positions for graduate writing consultants in the Write Place writing center are filled by graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in writing and/or professional interest in the teaching of writing.

Tutors will, among other duties, work one-on-one with student writers in person and online, present workshops to the university population, create and revise handouts related to the writing process and participate in special projects.

All graduate writing consultants are required to complete ENGL 654: Writing Center Theory and Practice in the first semester of their appointment. Tutors will take English 653: Supervised Tutoring (1 credit) for each semester they tutor.

More information is available at the Write Place.

English 191

Positions for English 191 graduate assistants are filled by graduate students in English who have demonstrated excellence in writing. These graduate assistants perform the following duties: teach one section of English 191 each semester, design writing assignments, respond to and grade student writing, consult with students during office hours, calculate and assign student grades and participate in a weekly, one-credit teaching practicum with other ENGL 191 graduate assistants.

Students in this program must be able to manage a diverse class of 25 writing students, demonstrate long- and short-term planning skills, possess effective oral communication skills and advanced critical reading and writing skills, demonstrate knowledge of the field of English and an understanding of the complexity of the English language.

Intensive English Center

The Intensive English Center (IEC) offers students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) degree program the opportunity for a graduate teaching assistantship where they teach up to six hours a week in the IEC. The graduate assistantship allows TESL graduate students to gain valuable hands-on experience while studying second language learning and teaching theory. For more information about a graduate assistantship in the IEC, contact IEC Director Michael Schwartz at

English for Academic Purposes 

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program serves the needs of new and continuing international students for whom English is a second language. Graduate students assist with teaching courses in the program. For more information about the graduate assistantships in EAP, contact Professor Choonkyong Kim at