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Women Studies Teaching Assistantship

Assistantship Description

The Women Studies Program at UNM invites applications for graduate teaching assistantships, with appointments beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing through Spring 2020. Women Studies Assistantships are open to graduate students in any discipline at the University of New Mexico. Graduate students with research interests in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

Women Studies Teaching Assistants carry a .25 appointment, which includes a stipend, a tuition waiver of up to 6 credits during the semester of appointment, and the standard health insurance premium coverage provided by UNM for graduate assistants. (Please visit for more details on health insurance benefits for graduate assistants).

Women Studies Teaching Assistants are responsible for teaching one course each semester, typically a section of Women Studies 200. If you are a PhD candidate (ABD or beyond) and you are interested in potentially teaching a Women Studies topics course as well, please see the application directions below. These topics courses should be on topics that are both relevant to the Women Studies undergraduate curriculum and have not been covered by our regular course of study recently. (Please consult with the Director if you are unsure about this or wish to discuss your proposed topic.)

  • To qualify as a Women Studies TA, candidates must be students of good standing enrolled in a graduate degree program at UNM and have a demonstrable scholarly interest in feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies. We will prioritize applicants in the following fashion:
  • Those who have enrolled in the Women Studies Transcripted Graduate Certificate program, or who have a demonstrable intention of enrolling in the certificate program at the time of appointment.
  • Completion of WMST 510 and WMST 512 with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Those who have not previously received assistantship funding from Women Studies. Appointments will be usually capped at two years.
  • Those who have enrolled in or will enroll in the course in Feminist Pedagogies typically offered by the School of Education and/or the  Graduate Teaching Academy offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence ( ).

To apply, please provide the following documents:

  1. A completed application document: click here for a Word version or here for a PDF version
  2. A 2 page cover letter addressing your scholarly and pedagogical interests in feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies. This letter should also 1) discuss your teaching philosophy; 2) detail any previous experience working with students in or outside of a classroom setting; and 3) indicate how teaching features in your future professional goals.
  3. A CV
  4. Proof of enrollment in a graduate program at UNM (these could include a copy of your acceptance letter or unofficial graduate transcripts).
  5. A list of any relevant graduate coursework in Women Studies (broadly construed, including feminist, gender, and sexuality studies).  
  6. Two letters of recommendation printed on official letterhead. Both letters should be written by professors who can speak to your academic strengths and your teaching potential. Ideally these letters will address your academic background in feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies. These letters should be submitted to the Director under separate cover (a pdf copy via email is preferred).
  7. An original draft syllabus for a section of an introductory Women Studies course (such as Women Studies 200); alternately, you may submit a 1-2 page discursive description of how you would approach teaching a section of such a class.
  8. For PhD candidates who are ABD: optionally, you may submit a one page proposal for an undergraduate course you would like to teach for Women Studies. This course should represent the Women Studies program’s interdisciplinarity as well as intersectional and inclusive pedagogies.  


For best consideration, kindly submit your application materials no later than April 8, 2019. Application materials may be submitted in hard copy to Scarlett Higgins, Director of Women Studies Program, Humanities 435 or via email: If submitting electronically, please submit your documents in pdf format.