The Department invites applications from qualified graduate students for TAships in the following courses/roles:
- Beginning Arabic
- Intermediate Arabic
- Beginning Hausa
- Beginning Swahili
- Intermediate Swahili
- Advanced Swahili
- Beginning Wolof
- Intermediate Wolof
- Beginning Yoruba
- Intermediate Yoruba
- Advanced Yoruba
- Beginning Zulu
- Intermediate Zulu
- African 100: Introduction to African Cultural Studies
- African 201: Introduction to African Literature
- African 210: The African Storyteller
- assistant to the language program director
Applications for 2018-19 TAships are due by 15 November 2017. New applicants to our graduate programs do not need to apply but will be considered automatically during the admissions process.
To apply, send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson, Chair of Admissions & Fellowships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover letters should include a ranked list of all TAships for which you would like to be considered; and, as applicable, address how you meet the criteria and qualifications listed below.
General criteria in unranked order:
- Priority is given to our own graduate students over those in other departments
- Priority is given to students with fewer than 10 semesters of teaching experience in the department
- Because of the department’s obligation to offer certain languages at certain levels, language TAships will be staffed before literature/cultural studies TAships.
- Reappointment is contingent on supervisor feedback, teaching observations, and student evaluations. TAs may not be reappointed if their feedback and reviews do not meet department standards (e.g. strong organizational skills; good communication with supervisor, students, and fellow TAs; strong writing and/or language skills; in language courses, willingness and ability to use communicative methodologies)
- English proficiency: 26/30 or higher on the speaking section of the iBt TOEFL test, or 7.0 or higher in the speaking section of IELTS; or 45 or higher on the campus SPEAK test.
Additional qualifications for language TAships:
- Superior proficiency in the target language
- Prior or concurrent enrollment in African 703: Topics in Teaching African Languages (1 credit)
Additional qualifications for assisting the language program director:
- Substantial foreign language teaching experience using a communicative approach
- Coursework in language pedagogy and/or language program direction
- Good written and oral communication skills in English
- Experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse settings
- Comfort with using and/or learning various technologies (e.g. Desire2Learn, LessonShare, Google Forms, digitizing media)
- Experience and comfort with observing instructors and giving constructive feedback
Preferred qualifications for all TAs:
- Evidence of engagement in professional development activities on campus
- Evidence of use of new and interesting pedagogies during previous TA appointments