Who are the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants? Every fall and spring semester, the English Department hires paid Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) to work with English 101E students in the “English lab” or Writing Studio (Founders Hall 114A). In addition to these hired UTAs, students enrolled in English 340 work in the Studio for class credit. Whether hired or working toward class credit, all UTAs fulfill the same important function — supporting English 101E students as they develop analytical and argumentative writing skills.
What do UTAs do? UTAs provide meaningful support to English 101E students in a variety of ways; for instance, they often tutor students one-on-one in the Studio about their writing projects by addressing issues related to brainstorming, drafting, and revision. Additionally, they assist professors with lesson plans and lead group activities.
Read how one former UTA describes her experience:
“Being a UTA is a serious job. This is not something you do simply to get a paycheck. You are working to benefit all types of students. These students come from different levels of academic success and resources and are going to be studying diverse topics in their college careers. As a UTA, you are helping them in the writing process, which will be a part of each student’s college career, and you should be prepared to take it seriously. It is also an exciting and rewarding job—making a difference matters.”
– Catherine Hyman
Who can apply to be a UTA? Any full-time student who has passed English 102 (or English 200) with a C or higher is eligible to apply. We are always looking for helpful, responsible students with strong writing skills to work in the Writing Studio.
How many hours do UTAs work a week? Typically, UTAs work 2 to 4 hours per week.
Who can I contact if I have questions about becoming a UTA? Contact Dr. Rachel N. Spear, the Composition Coordinator (RSpear@fmarion.edu), or Dr. Catherine England, the Assistant Composition Coordinator (CEngland@fmarion.edu), if you have questions.
I am interested in being a UTA. What do I do next? Fill out this application and turn it in by 12 April 2017. We look forward to creating a great team of UTAs for Fall 2017!
“If you want to make a difference at FMU or in your own life,
consider applying to be a UTA!”
– Anna Patton