Teaching Opportunities

In addition to first-year composition, graduate students have opportunities to teach in the Professional Writing major, the Rhetoric and Writing minor, the College Composition program and in other programs, such as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Interactive Media Studies.

In the English Department, courses that graduate students regularly teach include:

  • ENG 104 Writing Studio
  • ENG 109, Composition and Rhetoric for L2 Writers
  • ENG 111, Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENG/IMS 171, Humanities and Technology
  • WGS 201, Introduction to Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 202, Introduction to GLBT Studies
  • ENG/IMS 224, Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds
  • ENG 225, Advanced Composition
  • ENG/IMS 238, Narrative and Digital Technology
  • ENG 304, Composition Theory and Research
  • ENG 313, Technical Writing
  • ENG 315, Business Writing

All of our classes integrate digital pedagogies and all Miami students on the Oxford campus have laptops or tablets.

Teaching Composition

Teaching assistants take an intensive summer graduate pedagogy seminar (ENG 731) and year-long practicum to support their teaching of English 111 in the first year. While English 111 does have common outcomes and curriculum, students have considerable flexibility in designing, implementing, and research innovative composition assignments. In fact, our composition teacher’s guide and student publication are substantially revised by a team of graduate students each year. All sections are taught in digital environments and students employ digital technologies to compose and circulate digital texts for public audiences. Teachers in the program receive extensive support and mentoring in digital pedagogy.

Teaching in the Professional Writing Major

PhD students at Miami have the opportunity to teach within the department’s Professional Writing major. Current PhD students teach courses such as Digital Writing and Rhetoric, Composition Theory and Research, Business Writing, Technical Writing, Advanced Composition, and Digital Humanities, and this teaching experience often helps our students find successful tenure-line positions. Our students always teach in digital environments, and our program offers extensive support for teaching with digital technologies.