Financial Support

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are primarily available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. GTAs gain valuable experience teaching and/or assisting in undergraduate courses in their disciplines. The teaching assistantship includes a $15,000.00 stipend as well as a full tuition waiver. Students awarded GTAs are automatically entered into competition for Presidential Fellowships, which add $5,000.00 to the annual stipend.

Special fellowships for students concentrating their studies in certain areas are also available on a competitive basis.

If you are interested in competing for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, please include in your statement of purpose this request and indicate any prior teaching experience you may have had in your M.A. program or elsewhere. Be sure to indicate in which areas you feel qualified to work (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Communication, etc.)

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Duties associated with Graduate Teaching Assistantships vary by department.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in English

Students in the Comparative Studies program who work as Graduate Teaching Assistants for the English department will typically teach first year writing courses (ENC 1101/ENC 1102) for the first two years in the program. Beginning in their second year, they may submit a proposal  to teach an ENC 1102 equivalent, ENC 1939, of their own design and centered around their research interests. Beginning in the third year,  Ph.D. GTAs will be assigned to at least some 2000-level literature classes. On occasion, depending on departmental needs and GTA expertise, they may teach even further up in the curriculum in their 3rd and/or 4th years.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Students in the Comparative Studies program who work as Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will teach one of the program’s core courses, WST 2010 Introduction to Women’s Studies, WST 2608 Introduction to Sexuality and Gender, or our forthcoming Introduction to LGBTQ Studies. Students may also teach WST 2101 Women and Gender in the Global South. Students may also propose a special topics section of WST 3930 to reflect their research interests, beginning in their second year.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Political Science

Students in the Comparative Studies program who work as Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Political Science department will typically assist a professor in the teaching of lower division large lecture courses in political science such as American National Government (POS 2041), International relations (INR 2002) and Comparative Politics (CPO 3003) for the first two years in the program. Beginning in their third year, they may submit a proposal to teach a smaller section of these lower division classes, or a class of their own design and centered around their research interests. On occasion, depending on departmental needs and GTA expertise, they may teach even further up in the curriculum in their 3rd and/or 4th years.

 

Call for FAU Next Wave Graduate Fellowships

In the interest of promoting diversity in the College, supporting scholarship and creative achievement on a vital area of the globe, and in proactively confronting issues that are at the forefront of our national and hemispheric conversation, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will provide three competitive Next Wave Graduate Fellowships (one MA or MM, one MFA, one Ph. D.) for the 2022-2023 academic year. Each Fellowship is in the amount of $3,000, which will be added to the standard Graduate Teaching Assistantship offered by the student’s department and, pending satisfactory progress, will be renewable for the duration of the student’s funding in their program. In addition to their primary GTA assignment, Fellows will assist the Study of the Americas Initiative and its efforts as best aligns with the Fellow’s own research/creative endeavors. This includes, but is not limited to: organizing or supporting programming, assisting faculty research projects, developing promotional material and engaging in outreach to various constituencies in and outside the institution. The assignment may be minor or more significant, depending on the GTA’s other duties and assignments.

Interested students should submit their application for the fellowship to eberlats@fau.edu with the subject heading “Next Wave” by February 20, 2022. The application should include a c.v. and a Statement of Intent that explains how the student’s research interests or creative activity intersects with the areas of interest explored in the College’s Study of the Americas Initiative. Fellowships can be awarded to admitted applicants to any of the graduate programs in the College of Arts and Letters.

About the Americas Initiative

The Study of the Americas Initiative takes full advantage of FAU’s location at the nexus of South, North and Central America and the Caribbean to bring different spaces of the western hemisphere into conversation by providing fora for discussion for scholars in all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The Initiative supports interdisciplinary research and creative efforts engaging in the comparative analysis of culture, history, society, politics, music, art, media, language and literature of the Americas, and exploring the interconnections between North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Recent faculty hires in this area demonstrate the diversity, breadth and significance of these concerns. They include:

· Study of Africana/Lantinx cultural productions

· Social, political cultural and economic conditions of diasporic peoples

· Immigration, migration and civil rights law

· Transnational political movements and cultural

· Economic dislocations, commerce and entrepreneurship

· Sports and cultural policy

· Decolonial and Critical race theory

· Intercultural, transnational and intersectional communication

· Emerging technologies, new media, and diasporic networking

· Gender and sexuality studies

More details on the Americas Initiative can be found here: https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/college-initiatives/americas-initiative/ or contact Dr. William Trapani, Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (wtrapan1@fau.edu).