Stephine Hunt is a first-year student in the MA English program. Her interests include contemporary
American literature, ecocriticism, and the effects of these studies on the constructs
of feminine roles within American literature. As a graduate assistant, Stephine assists
Dr. Emily VanDette in her research on the historical role of literature in the U.S.
animal advocacy movement and helps the department in its endeavors to update and maintain
the department website and social media presence.
Katie Szwejbka is in her first year of the MA English Literature program. Her research reevaluates
creative writing pedagogy for at-risk learners. Other interests include feminism and
literary representations of mental illness. As a graduate assistant, Katie is utilizing
her research and professional-writing skills to help the department with various initiatives
related to alumni outreach, writing assessment, and the English Education program.
In order to apply for a graduate assistantship, candidates should submit a letter of interest
that details their qualifications and be sure to check the appropriate box on the
graduate application (now online: www.fredonia.edu/gradstudies). Please note that full applications for Graduate Studies are due by April 1, 2016
for the 2016-2017 academic year.
In addition to the application, letters of interest should be submitted electronically
by April 1, 2016 to:
Dr. Bruce Simon, Chairperson, English Department (email: email@example.com). Have
additional letters of recommendation mailed to his attention, English Department,
277 Fenton Hall, State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.
Graduate assistants in English may be assigned to one of a variety of tasks, such
as assisting the Coordinator of Composition with writing-program implementation, assisting
faculty with scholarly research, or working on departmental initiatives. Assignment
of position and direct supervisor will be determined by the assistant’s strengths
and professional goals, as well as by departmental needs.