Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate Student Employment

Academic Employment in C/DMES

Teaching assistant and Assistant Instructor appointments provide students with financial support as well as valuable experience working in the classroom under the supervision of a UT faculty member. Although the number of positions may vary from year to year, DMES typically offers thirteen instructional assistantships, and CMES usually offers four.

Eligibility:  C/DMES students must be in good standing at UT Austin with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and admitted without conditions. Assistant Instructors (instructors of record) must additionally hold a master’s degree, have completed a teaching methodology course, and either have served one semester as a TA or have one year of teaching experience at an accredited educational institution. Please review full eligibility requirements on this Graduate School website.

Responsibilities:  TAs provide classroom support for high enrollment undergraduate Middle Eastern studies courses or language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Duties include grading, holding office hours, proctoring exams, leading discussion sections, and other class-related duties as assigned by the instructor or language coordinator.

AIs serve as the primary instructor for lower-division courses. They are supervised by a faculty member who will assist them in curriculum development, but primary instructional responsibilities belong to the AI.

Compensation in 2015-2016

The following are accompanied by a tuition reduction benefit of $4,044 per long semester (which covers minimum full-time status at 9 credit hours), waiver of non-resident tuition, and UT Select (faculty/staff-level) medical insurance at no cost to the employee (there is a cost for adding dependents, or optional plans like dental or vision).

  • Stipend of $6,708 per long semester:  TAs without a master's degree.
  • Stipend of $7,390 per long semester:  TAs with master's degree or >30 credit hours at UT Austin.
  • Stipend of $8,354 per long semester:  AIs (Assistant Intructors).

Arabic Flagship Program Instructional Assistantship

The Arabic Flagship Program offers several AI and TA positions during the academic year. Priority is given to doctoral students with a demonstrated interest in teaching Arabic as a foreign language and with Arabic teaching experience.

Eligibility: Students must be students in good standing at UT Austin, with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and admitted without conditions. Students must possess a level of Arabic proficiency at Advanced-High or above.

Responsibilities: AFP TAs and AIs are appointed for 20 hours of work per week to be fulfilled by providing classroom support as well as mentoring AFP undergraduate students and completing other duties as assigned by the AFP Director.

Compensation:  these correspond to the departmental figures above.

Graduate Research Assistantship

Faculty members with grant-funded projects are sometimes able to offer paid research positions to qualified graduate students. Qualified students are approached directly by the faculty member requiring assistance.

Eligibility: Students in good standing at UT Austin with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and admitted without conditions.
Compensation: Salaries vary depending on the grant and scope of the project.

Further Resources:

Student Academic Employment

Human Resources

SEED Program (Student Employee Excellent Development)

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