All Chicana/Chicano Studies PhD students will have the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant after spending at least one year in the program. Teaching assistantships are not automatically offered to students but are awarded on the basis of merit.
Teaching Assistantships are apprenticeships intended to provide qualified students with relevant training experience for academic and academic-related careers in teaching and research. Graduate students who are recipients of teaching and research assistantships must meet all registration and enrollment criteria established by the Graduate Council and the department. All appointees must also maintain satisfactory progress throughout their appointments.
In order to be eligible for an Academic Apprentice Position, a student must:
- have no more than 12 quarters as a TA, and no more than 18 quarters total as a TA, GSR or Reader
- have at least a 3.0 GPA
- be enrolled in 12 units
- have less than 50% aggregated appointments
- be a U.S. citizen, a native-English speaker, or pass the Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) in order to be a TA
- Make arrangements to take the TOP through the Office of Instructional Development and validate their score.
- File for an exception to the policies above to the Dean of the Graduate Division at least three weeks in advance of the hire date through the department Student Affairs Officer (SAO).
All applicants who wish to TA for CCS must have completed a 495 TA course prior to holding a TA appointment.
For additional information regarding Teaching Assistantships or other apprenticeship positions available in Chicana and Chicano Studies, please contact the departmental SAO.
Summer Teaching Fellowship
The Graduate Studies Program of the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies offers Teaching Fellowship opportunities to Doctoral graduate students who have advanced to candidacy to teach during Summer 2021. Teaching Fellowships are paid opportunities for graduate students to refine their teaching skillset in a seminar class environment. Teaching Fellowships are awarded through an application review process. The number of available Teaching Fellowships are based on the curricular needs of the department. Priority will be given to graduate students who do not have Teaching Fellows experience.