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Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships

Spanish and Portuguese majors can serve as undergraduate teaching assistants and gain instructional experience under the supervision of our faculty.

When serving as Undergraduate TAs, students can normally earn between 1 and 3 credits per TA'ed course. These credits will count towards the total number of credits needed for graduation but may not fulfill any requirement of the major. Undergraduate TAs need to sign a contract in which duties and expectations are outlined, and enroll in SPAN 398B or PORT 398B. To enroll in these courses, you need to turn in your contract to our Undegraduate Program Assistant in Herter 416 or 418. The necessary qualifications to serve as an undergraduate TA will vary, but an excellent performance in the major is always expected.

Undegraduate TAs serving as graders or needing access to Moodle will be required to obtain FERPA certification. The necessary training can be easily and conveniently completed online.


Opportunities

Apply for the following available TAships by contacting directly the professor listed in each position.


SPANISH 397W-01 - Latin American Cinema
Contact
: Professor Barbara Zecchi, bzecchi@umass.edu.
TAships available: two.
Responsibilities: The TA will come to class, offer feedback, moderate discussions, and tutor students.
Pre-requisites: 1) being a Spanish major, 2) a GPA in Spanish of 3.5 or higher, 3) a grade of A or A- in 397W or in another Hispanic Film Course. 
Application materials: 1) a paragraph in Spanish explaining why you are interested in TAing for this class and how does this position relate to your interests and goals, 2) your GPA in your Spanish major and grade in SPANISH 397W, 3) current résumé.
Times you must be available: Monday 4-6:30 PM, 2 additional hours at the TAs convenience every other week.
Hours per week: 9 hours / week.
Credits received: 3 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on DECEMBER 15, 2020.


SPANISH 311 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
Contact
: Professor Danielle Thomas, daniellethom@umass.edu (Subject Line: TAship application).
TAships available: two.
Responsibilities: The TAs will share the following responsibilities:  attend the Tues/Thurs virtual lecture, support graduate assistants with Friday classes, provide weekly scheduled homework/support sessions for students, provide scheduled test preparation sessions for students, be available for student consultation by email or Zoom.
Pre-requisites: 1) being a Spanish major, 2) a grade of A in SPANISH 311 . 
Application materials: 1) a paragraph in Spanish explaining why you are interested in TAing for this class and how does this position relate to your interests and goals, 2) a description (in Spanish) of your experience with SPAN 311, and your educational background that supports your role as an undergrad TA in a linguistics-oriented course.
Times you must be available: TuTh, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM, 3-4 additional hours at the TAs convenience every other week, virtually.
Hours per week: 6 hours / week.
Credits received: 2 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail) 
Applications due on DECEMBER 15, 2020.