Graduate Research and Administrative Positions

In addition to teaching first-year composition, the Graduate Program offers a small number of research and administrative support positions available to graduate students.

Research Assistantships

This assistantship allows a graduate student to conduct research for 16-week periods in association with faculty members in the Department of English and Philosophy. In addition to assisting faculty members with various research tasks, the graduate research assistant will be responsible for providing background material on guests and projects related to the department’s public lecture series. The assistant will compile their notes and other materials at the end of the assistantship to produce a short paper that the department may, at its discretion, publish on its website. The paper may focus on of the speaker’s body of work; analyze a concept or framework related to the series theme; or explore another aspect of the public lecture series identified by its Coordinator or the Department Head. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the M.A. Program in English and have completed at least 6.0 hours of coursework. Research assistant positions are awarded for one semester, and may be renewed for one additional semester; no student may hold a research position for more than two semesters. Two positions are available.

Assistant to the Director, First-Year Writing Program

The Assistant to the Director works with the Director of Composition in developing, implementing and supporting the first-year writing program at Purdue University Calumet. The Assistant to the Director is a highly qualified MA student with a professional interest in composition studies and/or some facet of writing program administration. The Assistant to the Director should be energetic, organized and proficient with the MS Office Suite. The appointment of the Assistant to the Director is at the discretion of the Director of Composition. The Assistant to the Director fulfills duties during fall and spring semester; typically, the term will not exceed one year.

Assistant to the Director, PUC Writing Center

The Assistant to the Director works with the Director of the Writing Center to coordinate campus and community outreach, assist with sponsored research projects, and assessment. Projects typically include enhancing writing support in the STEM disciplines; consulting with graduate students on seminar papers, publications and thesis projects; designing workshops for graduate students seeking employment or admission to professional schools; liaising with Upward Bound staff; and so on. The Assistant to the Director fulfills duties during fall and spring semester; typically, the term will not exceed one year.

Research and Administrative positions are assigned in place of teaching a course in the English Department, and involve ten hours of work per week during the semester. These appointments are dependent upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress. For information about applying for these positions, contact the main department office (219) 989-2645.