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Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships

Department faculty members firmly believe that an essential part of study at the M.A. level is learning how to communicate art-historical concepts effectively to the next generation.  To that end, Teaching Assistantships involve undergraduate instruction, especially at the introductory level, and maintenance of regularly scheduled office hours.  In most courses graduate Teaching Assistants contribute primarily as graders (in Art-Hist 115, 118, 324, 343, 370, and 415), while in the year-long survey (Art-Hist 100 and 110) they both grade and lead weekly discussion sections.  All graduate students are expected to master the use of digital technologies for their own coursework and teaching responsibilities.  The faculty’s commitment to educating the public beyond the walls of academe is evident in their involvement in exhibition and museum work, reviewing and contributing to major survey textbooks, and developing educational software using the University’s Online Web-based Learning (OWL) system.

9 Assistantships are available to graduate students each semester.  Assistantships usually involve 15-20 hours of work per week and carry a stipend plus full tuition waiver and coverage of the curriculum fee and most of the University health fee. 

Teaching Assistants are normally assigned to the following courses:

  • Art-Hist 100 and 110, the two-semester survey:  3-4 TAs lead two 50-minute discussion sections per week and grade written work; time commitment is 20 hours per week
  • Art-Hist 115, Introduction to the Visual Arts:  3-4 TAs grade written work; time commitment is 20 hours per week
  • Art-Hist 118, History of Architecture and the Built Environment:  3-4 TAs grade written work; time commitment is 20 hours per week
  • Art-Hist 324, Modern Art:  1-2 TAs grade written work; time commitment is 15 hours per week
  • Art-Hist 343, 20th-Century Architecture:  1-2 TAs grade written work; time commitment is 15 hours per week

Additional courses may require TAs.

Beyond the Department, Teaching Assistantships are often available in the University Writing Program, the foreign language programs, and administrative offices at the University.

The general duties of Teaching Assistants are specified before the beginning of the academic year at the mandatory orientation session organized by the Center for Teaching; each TA should receive a copy of the Center’s Handbook for New Instructors.  In regular meetings throughout each semester, Department faculty will review specific duties related to individual courses.

Department policy is that Assistantships are awarded to students making satisfactory progress towards the degree.  Students who do not pass the language exam in the first year, who fail to complete work for an incomplete grade within the following semester, or whose GPA falls below 3.7 may not be awarded Teaching Assistantships or may have earlier offers of Teaching Assistantships revoked.

There are also opportunities for current students or recent graduates to teach their own courses during the summer terms through Continuing Education. 

Students who are not awarded Assistantships receive a Fellowship to help defray the costs of tuition.  

Learn more about Graduate Program requirements.