Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistantships for the 2016-2017 academic year include a tuition waiver (covering 9 in-state graduate-credit hours per semester), plus a stipend. Students are required to carry a full-time course load (a minimum of 6 graduate-credit hours of coursework per semester) and maintain good academic standing (minimum grade of B in all coursework and a 3.0 GPA overall). Each assistantship is a one-year appointment. Renewal of the award assumes satisfactory academic achievement and performance; satisfactory academic achievement at the graduate level means maintaining a minimum grade of B in all coursework and a 3.0 GPA overall.


Current GAs


Margaret Drzewiecki is a first-year student in the MA English program. Her interests include the American Romanticism movement and the literature that emerged during that time period, as well as the way literature affects and is affected by identity. Margaret’s current assignment for the graduate assistantship is working in Archives & Special Collections at Reed Library.


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.


Graduate Assistantship available for Spring Semester 2016

Due November 20, 2015

Application Process

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: 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. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, Graduate Coordinator, English Department (email: 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.


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