Dr. Lara Dodds
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
2304 Lee Hall

Ms. Ann Spurlock
Director of the Composition Program
2306 Lee Hall

Ms. Kayleigh Few
Director of the Writing Center

Dr. Dan Punday
Head of the Dept. of English
2004 Lee Hall
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Ph. (662) 325-3644



fall teaching workshop

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded to the most highly qualified graduate students entering the Master of Arts degree program in the Department of English. All teaching assistants must maintain at least a "B" average in their course work in order to retain assistantships. Graduate students are allowed to teach two sections of composition in addition to taking nine hours of course work. Teaching assignments for graduate students range from Basic English through Composition I and II. Some teaching assignments are assigned to work in the Writing Center. Teaching Assistants also are trained in editing skills either through employment with the Mississippi Quarterly or through work on the Jabberwock, the department's student-run, literary journal.

Teaching assistants are trained in Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) which is used in all of our composition courses in order to improve students' grammar and usage skills. Ancillary skills include tutoring and mentoring. The graduate teaching assistants are not only the brightest students, but trained teachers who maintain a professional approach to classroom instruction. Their syllabi, office hours, and course requirements are available either from them or through the Department of English office. [Photo: 2015 fall teaching workshop]

Deadline for applications for Teaching Assistantships March 15.

Applications for graduate assistantships are accepted annually from students entering the program. Applicants for assistantships must be sure all their application materials are received by March 15.

Teaching Assistants

Our Teaching Assistants for Fall 2017. New teaching assistants will have a variety of responsibilities, including tutoring in the Writing Center. Returning teaching assistants will gain the experience of being teacher of record in freshman classes.


Graduate Assistants 2017-2018

  • Casey Baumgartner
  • Caroline Brandon
  • Mark Burr
  • Sara Creel
  • Craig Gentry
  • Hayley Hampton
  • Logan Johnson
  • Karleigh Kimbrell
  • Amy LaFleur
  • Jared Lemus
  • Tamara Mahadin
  • Jessica Sherman
  • Patrick Sistrunk
  • Allison Wiltshire
  • Rachel Wolfe
  • Michael Woods

Fall 2017 Teaching Assistants

These students are joining our program as teaching assistants this Fall 2017 term.