Graduate teaching assistantships

Information on the Department of Classical and Modern Languages Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Applications now available for GTAships beginning in fall 2016.

Application deadline: February 26th, 2016.


Download application form. (Word doc)

NOTE: strongest consideration for a GTAship will be given to candidates who have completed their application for admission to the French or Spanish MA programs.


Every year the Department of Classical and Modern Languages awards a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships to support full-time graduate students working towards the Master’s degree in French or Spanish.  Applications are submitted in the early spring for appointments beginning the following fall.

Graduate teaching assistantships most often take the form of a two-year appointment awarded to students just beginning the French or Spanish MA program.  During their first year, GTAs assume a variety of supervised duties (e.g., assistant teaching, grading, direction of conversation tables) amounting to about 20 hours of work per week.  Once GTAs have completed 18 hours of graduate study (generally at the end of their first year), they are assigned to their own classrooms, teaching 1-2 basic language classes per semester.  GTAs are expected to perform all of their duties in conjunction with a full-time load of nine graduate credit hours (three courses) per semester, completing their degree at the end of their second year.

Exceptionally, the department awards one-year assistantships to current French or Spanish MA students who will have completed 18 hours of graduate credit by the start date of the appointment.  Such GTAs are assigned immediately to teach basic language and are expected to complete their degree by the end of the appointment year.

Benefits of the GTAship
All GTAs receive:

  1. tuition remission for full-time graduate study (three courses per semester, excluding summer) for the duration of the appointment;
  2. a stipend for living expenses (in 2015-2016 the amount was $14,000), paid in ten equal payments from August through May, for each year of the appointment; and
  3. university health insurance for the ten-month contract period (August-May) for each year of the appointment.  (NOTE: GTAs with two-year appointments will need to cover their own health insurance costs in June and July between their first and second years.)

GTA eligibility requirements
Applicants for a graduate teaching assistantship in French or Spanish must:

  1. possess oral and written proficiency in their intended language of study (French or Spanish) at the advanced level, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages;
  2. meet all of the requirements for admission into the French or Spanish MA program; and
  3. submit a complete application, including all supporting materials, by the application deadline to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the address below.

GTA application process
Applicants must submit the following directly to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages:

  1. the application form. (Word doc), completed and signed;
  2. current transcripts (official or unofficial) from all post-secondary institutions attended;
  3. two sealed letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors who can comment in detail on your proficiency in English, your proficiency in your intended language of study (whether French or Spanish), your capacity for working under supervision, and your potential as a teacher; and
  4. a 500-1000 word essay written in English in which you give a detailed account of the following:
    • your residence (if any) in a country where your intended language of study is spoken (where, how long, for what purposes, etc.);
    • previous teaching experience of any kind (subject, place, academic level, length of service, evaluations, etc.); and
    • your professional goals, including, specifically, teaching-related goals.

    NOTE: applicants who are not current students at U of L may be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview.

    Submission of GTA application
    All materials must be submitted by the deadline to Corinna Stephens, CML Unit Business Manager, at the following address:

    LOUISVILLE, KY 40292

    Applications will be received beginning January 1st for the following academic year. Preference will be given to applications postmarked by February 26th. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Direct inquiries to Ms. Stephens at (502) 852-0482 or .

    Requirements for awardees

    Applicants awarded a GTAship must:

    1. possess a Social Security Number (SSN) or arrive in Louisville by mid-June in order to secure a SSN before start of employment (August 1st 2016).
    2. report to Corinna Stephens in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages main office (Bingham Humanities 332) no later than August 1st, 2016, in order to fill out required paperwork. GTAs who fail to submit all required paperwork by the August 1st deadline risk not receiving a paycheck for the month of August.
    3. attend all GTA orientation sessions organized by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages (generally scheduled during the first three weeks in August).


    GTAs must, for the duration of their appointment:

    1. engage in full-time graduate study (i.e, take three graduate-level courses per semester);
    2. remain in good academic standing (i.e., maintain a GPA of at least 3.0); and
    3. carry out responsibly all the duties of the assistantship.

    NOTE: Awardees are expected to commit themselves full time to graduate study/teaching and are strongly discouraged from holding any outside employment (whether full or part time).  Dereliction in any of the above areas may be grounds for immediate termination of the assistantship.