School of Interdisciplinary Studies Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program

Teaching Assistantships

Eligibility requirements for the 2017 WGSS Teaching Assistantship

Students enrolled in any graduate program at Purdue University who are in good standing, making progress towards their degree, and are seeking or have achieved the WGSS Graduate Certificate are eligible to apply for an assistantship through the WGSS website
PhD candidates whose dissertation research centers WGSS perspectives and content will be preferred over MA candidates. Graduate assistants may receive a maximum of 6 years funding from WGSS.

WGSS Teaching Assistants may serve a .5 or .25 appointment.

50% (.5) Appointment consists of a 20-hour/week commitment to WGSS.

Teaching assignment and load - TAs with a .5 appointment will assist a faculty member or have full responsibility for teaching ONE course (typically WGSS 280 or 282) with full service obligations* one of the semesters during their year-long appointment, and TWO sections (of the same course) with no or minimal service obligations during the other semester.

25% (.25) Appointment consists of a 10 hour/week commitment to WGSS.

Teaching assignment - Full responsibility for one course per year plus service* to the program.

Please note: Although precise assignments, teaching loads, and service obligations will be negotiated on an individual basis, and alternatives to the 1-2 teaching load (including alternative teaching loads, assisting a faculty member, teaching an upper division course, or taking responsibility for a special Honors or Learning Community section), the arrangement as described above will comprise the most typical .25 or .5 appointment. 

Office hours to be held in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies - Minimum of 2 hours per week must be held, posted and announced to students

Service to the program - During a semester when a TA is assigned one course to teach or assist a faculty member, s/he will also be expected to contribute service to the program in the form of attending faculty and staff meetings as needed, staffing tables at WGSS events, helping to host WGSS visitors, assisting with student outreach, engagement, and service learning, contributing leadership towards co-curricular event planning, newsletter design, social media outreach, conference planning and/or participating in other projects aimed at developing, strengthening, and improving the teaching capacity of the program as well as enhancing their own understanding of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies as a research and teaching field. 

Application Instructions for Teaching Assistantships for the

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program 

To apply for funding please submit three (3) sets of your application materials (excluding the letters of recommendation) to the address at the bottom of this page.

Deadlines:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, be aware however, that decisions regarding TAships may occur as early as mid-February; so candidates are advised to submit their completed application in early January.  Deadline to submit applications for FALL 2017 TA'ships is January 29th at 5:00pm


Application Materials:

Cover Letter: Please address the following in a letter to the WGSS Advisory Committee

  • Why are you interested in a Graduate Assistantship in WGSS?
  • How would this assistantship fit into your academic program and career plans?
  • What special contributions do you feel you would bring to the WGSS Program? 

Completed Assistantship Application Form

  • Transcripts and GPA. Those from SSINFO are acceptable.
  • One (1) Letters of Recommendation: Please request that your major professors, preferably a WGSS faculty member or affiliate, send their recommendation letters addressed to the directly to the WGSS office at the address below.

Attach supplementary materials to your application.  Send hard copy materials to:

Kim Vestal,
BRNG 6164, 100 N. University St., Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

 2017 TA Applications  Deadline is January 29th at 5:00pm

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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