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Graduate Assistantships

The Center for Mexican American Studies offers both teaching assistant and assistant instructor opportunities to graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin.  These assistantships are open to continuing graduate students ONLY and are contingent on institutional funding.  CMAS does not typically offer assistantships to first-year graduate students in the Master of Art degree program in Mexican American Studies.  Funding is available to students in the second year of the program. 

Graduate students seeking an appointment with CMAS must be enrolled in either the Master of Arts degree program in Mexican American Studies or participating in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American Studies.

Graduate students seeking an appointment as a teaching assistant must be in good standing with the Graduate School (i.e., 3.00 grade-point average or better), registered for at least nine semester hours of course work in the long semester they are appointed, and making progress toward their graduate degree. 

Graduate students seeking an appointment as an assistant instructor must also be in good standing with the Graduate School (i.e., 3.00 grade-point average or better), registered for at least nine semester hours of course work in the long semester of the appointment, and making progress toward their graduate degree.  Applicants must also have a master's degree or an equivalent level of achievement in graduate study (e.g., 30 hours including 18 hours of credit in the subject to be taught) and professional accomplishment.  Applicants must have credit for a 398T (i.e., supervised teaching course) plus one semester of employment as a teaching assistant or have one year of teaching experience at an accredited college or school. 

Graduate students are limited to a total of 14 semesters of student academic employment.  The Graduate School enforces the 14 Semester Rule and there are no exceptions to this policy.  This policy applies to both teaching assistant and assistant instructor appointments.

Evaluation

The Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures of The University of Texas at Austin states that teaching assistants and assistant instructors employed by UT Austin must have a written evaluation submitted by a supervising faculty member each semester.

Faculty affiliates who are assigned a teaching assistant, or are supervising an assistant instructor, are required to submit a CMAS Graduate Student Instructor Evaluation Form as part of this evaluation to document how well the graduate student has carried out basic responsibilities during the semester. Future assignments are contingent upon completion of the form. Faculty affiliates are required to provide written remarks as circumstances warrant. Finally, faculty affiliates are encouraged to write a letter to the CMAS graduate adviser noting exceptional (or less than satisfactory) performance by a teaching assistant or assistant instructor.

Application

Applicants for a teaching assistant or assistant instructor position with CMAS must submit either the CMAS TA Application Form or the CMAS AI Application Form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013.

A complete teaching assistant application includes the CMAS TA Application Form and a letter of recommendation from a CMAS faculty affiliate.

A complete assistant instructor application includes the CMAS AI Application Form and the following items:

  • Syllabi for two lower-division MAS courses (include titles, brief 50 word descriptions, required readings, assignments, and grade criteria).
  • A statement of support from a CMAS faculty affiliate (who will also supervise the student while appointed as an assistant instructor).

CMAS welcomes course proposals for MAS 319, our lower-division undergraduate topics course number. Prospective assistant instructor applicants should contact Natasha Saldaña, CMAS Undergraduate Program Coordinator, regarding previous titles.

Submit all application materials to:

Program Coordinator
Center for Mexican American Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Burdine Hall 548, Stop F9200
Austin, Texas 78712

Prospective applicants should contact Luis Guevara, CMAS Program Coordinator, at (512) 475-6769 or lvg@austin.utexas.edu, with any questions they might have about the application process.

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