Reminder: Sweetland Fellowship due Sunday

The Deadline for applying for a Sweetland Fellowship for next year is Sunday. This is great opportunity to teach something different (as an English GSI!) and discuss teaching of writing through mathematics with a diverse array of scholars. Our own Rachel Webb won this fellowship two years ago. Scroll through this document to read her thoughts on teaching in the English department (and other student’s experiences in some other departments as well).

The original message from Sweetland is below.

To:        Ph.D. Students

From:    Theresa Tinkle, Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

Re:       Fellows Seminar – Winter-Fall 2021 (Graduate Students)

Date:     February 3, 2020

The Fellows Seminar offered in the winter term is designed to bring together faculty (Senior Fellows) and graduate student instructors (Junior Fellows), from multiple disciplines, who share a commitment to integrating writing in their courses.

During the Seminar, Junior Fellows confer with visiting speakers, discuss evidence-based approaches to incorporating writing into courses across the disciplines, and develop course syllabi and other materials. They conclude the seminar with a well-developed idea for a writing-intensive course that takes advantage of their disciplinary knowledge.

Junior Fellows receive a stipend of $1000 during Winter Term 2021 for participating in the Seminar. Seminar participants will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Fridays.  In Spring/Summer Term 2021, Junior Fellows meet with Sweetland’s Director to develop their syllabi, and they participate in the English Department Writing Program (EDWP) orientations.  Rackham and Sweetland support each graduate student selected with a stipend up to $5,000 for the spring term, determined by each student’s spring/summer funding from Rackham.

In Fall Term 2021, Junior Fellows teach one section of English 125 (a four-credit writing course on a topic related to their discipline) and are supported by a .50 GSI fraction.  During this term they enroll in English 993, which schedules a series of meetings in which they discuss their teaching with other instructors.

To apply for a Junior Fellowship, please complete the Jr Fellow Application online by Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Application materials include:

  • A letter (maximum two pages) describing your previous teaching experience, interest in teaching writing, and expected date of degree completion
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One teaching recommendation letter from a faculty member
  • Teaching evaluation summaries (where available)

Criteria for selection:

  • Interest in and commitment to integrating writing into courses
  • Achievement of candidacy (preferred)
  • GSI experience (teaching in a course meeting the Upper-Level Writing Requirement is highly desired)

Selections are announced via email in early April.

Contact Laura Schuyler at or 936-3144 with questions.

Link to application:


The Fellows Seminar is supported by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.


Theresa Tinkle

Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

Professor of English and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Department of English

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109