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Welcome to OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film and the graduate teaching assistant (GTA) program.  We are very glad that you will be working and studying with us.

This page includes information to help you begin planning for fall.  As always, if you have questions along the way, please contact us (sara.jameson@oregonstate.edu).

On this page you will find references to

  • Filing Paperwork for Hiring
  • GTA orientations – required
  • As a Student – Registering for Classes
  • Required Composition Pedagogy Courses
  • Advising and Scheduling

Paperwork for Hiring:

GTAs must file hiring paperwork with the Arts and Sciences Business Center.  When you are in Corvallis, please go to the Arts and Sciences Business Center in Hoveland Hall Room 008 to pick up your new hire paperwork.  Completing this paperwork by September 6th ensures that your September check will be issued on time.  Your pay starts on September 16th, so you will receive half a month’s pay in that first check.  You will need to show your photo ID and a form of ID that is valid for filing an I-9 tax form.  Direct deposit is highly encouraged.  To sign up for direct deposit, please provide a voided check from your bank.

Materials specific to your teaching will come by email.

Below is some initial information for you as a student and as a teacher. First, the important dates:

  • Monday, September 16: Your teaching contract and pay begin, and you should be settled in Corvallis.
  • Monday, September 16:  New Graduate Students Orientation, hosted by the Graduate School. We strongly encourage you to attend. Other events in the week of September 16-20 include Library Workshops on Tuesday, September 17. For more information, please see their website.
  • Monday, September 23 – Friday, September 27: GTA WR 121 Orientation all week, Moreland Hall.
  • Monday, September 30: Classes begin.

As a student

Registering for classes:

MA/GTAs should consult the Graduate Program Coordinator, Peter Betjemann (peter.betjemann@oregonstate.ed) for program of study advising (initial group advising for first-year MA students will be done in the Intro to Graduate Studies course on October 1). MFA/GTAs should consult Director, Karen Holmberg (for MFA questions) at karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu.

As part of your contract, GTAs are required to register for 12 credit hours each term.  However, some of those 12 hours per term can (and should) be “thesis hours” (ENG 503 for MAs or WR 503 for MFAs), especially for those of you who are first-year graduate students. Courses with a “0” in the middle other than thesis hours require departmental approval, so to register online for any of these courses, please notify Office Manager Felicia Phillips (Felicia.Phillips@oregonstate.edu) first, and she will make it possible for you to register. Alternately, you can come to the Main Office (238 Moreland) in person to obtain an override form.

To get signed up for the first term, you must register for the required 2-credit practicum taught by Tim Jensen (WR 517, CRN 10248, Tues 5:30-7:20). 


  • MAs are also required to sign up for ENG 514: Introduction to Graduate Studies, taught by Peter Betjemann on TR 4:00-5:20 (CRN 16936).
  • MFAs will register for their specific workshops: Fiction (WR 524, CRN 10931) Thurs 2:00-4:45, taught by Marjorie Sandor; Poetry (WR 541, CRN 16048) Tues 2:00-4:50, taught by Karen Holmberg; and Creative Nonfiction (WR 540, CRN 20582), Thurs 4:00-6:50, taught by Elena Passarello.


All students should then add one additional class and make up the remaining hours with non-course thesis credits (MAs: ENG 503; MFAs: WR 503). 

Composition Pedagogy Courses: 

In support of the GTA fellowship that you have received, the School provides the required practicum (WR 517) for training.  In addition, the School requires that GTAs take at least one academic course in the discipline of rhetoric and composition—the discipline in which you are teaching.  Because these courses are meant to enhance your teaching, we strongly recommend that you take at least one during your first year of teaching.

Various courses that satisfy the pedagogy requirement will be offered in the 2013-14 academic year. This fall, WR 411/511: The Teaching of Writing will be offered by Ehren Pflugfelder (CRN 19968), TR 8:30-9:50. Tentatively, winter term will offer WR 493/593 History of Rhetoric with Vicki Tolar Burton, and spring term, WR 512 Current Composition Theory with Tim Jensen. 

Online fall registration for graduate students is now open.  You will use the 9-digit OSU student ID number on your acceptance letter.  You do not have to know all your courses in order to begin the registration process.

To register online, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the OSU Home Page
  2. Choose “Student Online Services
  3. Then click “Online Services Quick Login.”
  4. Log in with your ID number and default GAP General Access Pin number (which is your birth date in format: MMDDYY)
  5. You will be asked to change this GAP number to another six-digit combination.
  6. Be sure to write down this new GAP number, as you will use it all year. 
  7. After you reset your GAP, you will have access to register.
  8. Once you register, even if only for a single class, such as the required practicum WR 517, you can set up your ONID email account.

Delivering Your Schedule to the School:

Once you have registered, please send us your class schedule.  Because your WR 121 teaching assignment must fit around your graduate course schedule, we need everyone to email their class schedules to Felicia Phillips at felicia.phillips@oregonstate.edu as soon as possible, but no later than August 1st, 2013.

WR 121 teaching schedules cannot be assigned until every graduate teaching assistant’s class schedule has been submitted, so it is imperative that you meet this deadline.  New GTAs only teach a single course in fall term.

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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