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Teaching Fellowship Program

Registered students in good standing are eligible for fellowships to work with a faculty mentor assisting in general creative writing or a genre-specific undergraduate seminar. Students apply for this semester-long fellowship, which may be repeated, during the semester prior to the one in which they wish to participate.

Teaching fellows benefit from the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor, while gaining pedagogical experience in lesson preparation, workshop facilitation strategies, and classroom management skills.  Our teaching fellows have gone on to pursue PhD degrees and to teaching positions on the secondary and postsecondary level.​

What Our Alumni Say …

Michael Heiss is a student completing his studies in Hofstra's MFA in Creative Writing program. He has been the recipient of a teaching fellowship designed to give him additional experience in classroom instruction. More information is available at hofstra.edu/gradenglish.


Hofstra's fellowship program allows you gain hands-on teaching experience in an encouraging and collaborative environment. As a teaching fellow, I learned how to effectively lesson plan, guide class discussions, and work independently with students during office hours. These skills are vital when teaching on the college-level, and are invaluable to future employers.  My fellowship, paired with my master's degree, gave me the edge that I needed to obtain my current positions as a writing professor at Touro College and Hofstra University.

- Melissa Rubin ’14


The Hofstra teaching fellowship allowed me to teach an undergraduate creative writing course alongside an esteemed faculty member. I learned the invaluable skills of effective teaching and class management, and the experience helped me to secure an adjunct teaching position at Globe College after graduation. I especially enjoyed interacting with emerging Hofstra writers and sharing the knowledge I’d gained throughout the MFA program. Looking back, the teaching fellowship was an enlightening experience, and it has my highest recommendation.

- Matt Paczkowski ’14


Justin Colón-Rabinowitz is a student in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Hofstra. He completed a teaching fellowship position under the guidance of Professor Julia Markus and is working on his senior thesis, which is a collection of poetry.

- Justin Colón-Rabinowitz


MFA in Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship