UTA Internship (ENGL388V)

ENGL 388V is a four-credit Scholarship in Practice course designed to guide students in their experiences as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in English courses. The course has two distinct but integrated components.  Three-quarters of the UTA’s time (approximately eight-ten hours a week) and evaluation will take place in and related to the writing course, while the other quarter (approximately two-three hours a week) will take place in the supporting seminar that meets weekly. 

To be eligible as UTAs, students must

  • have 30 credits by the semester of the internship
  • have earned an A in the course in which they will work (students who were exempt from ENGL 101 are still eligible to work as UTAs for that course)
  • have a 3.0 GPA overall

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Select, critically evaluate, and apply relevant areas of composition scholarship and the scholarship of teaching and learning to the teaching of writing;
  • Articulate the processes required to bring about a successful outcome in the classroom;
  • Demonstrate an ability to collaborate in order to bring about a successful outcome in a composition course;
  • Analyze how classroom applications of scholarship can or should account for differences in the gender, class, racial, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual orientation of class members and instructors;
  • Produce and deliver lesson plans and teaching artifacts that reflect research relevant to composition and pedagogy

For the weekly seminar, students will read materials in composition theory and writing pedagogy, make connections between the scholarship and their classroom experiences, participate in weekly online and in-class discussions, and create a final course portfolio featuring the work they have done in the writing classroom and their reflections on that work.

Responsibilities of UTAs may include

  • Keeping track of attendance and participation
  • Managing ELMS site
  • Suggesting/selecting readings for a lesson
  • Helping instructor plan class activities 
  • Designing and facilitating in-class lessons
  • Leading peer editing sessions online or face-to-face for small groups of students
  • Overseeing student participation on the discussion board
  • Designing and grading quizzes
  • Preparing brief digital resources for the course
  • Holding office hours
  • Meeting weekly with instructor
  • Other duties as negotiated with instructor

UTAs are expected attend all meetings of the writing course they are assigned to, meet regularly with the course instructor for planning, give in-class lessons, and hold office hours for students in the course.

This class requires permission for enrollment. To apply, please click the link below.


If you encounter technical difficulties with the application, please email all materials, including the text field responses on the application form, to Lyra Hilliard at lyrahill@umd.edu.