Graduate teaching assistantships

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

Announcing the 2019 competition for assistantships beginning in fall 2019

(APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28th, 2019)

Download application form.(Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF) [NOTE: THE APPLICATION FORM HAS NOT YET BEEN UPDATED FOR THE 2019 COMPETITION.]

Applicants seeking a GTAship in Spanish must also apply for admission to the School for Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, submitting a separate set of supporting materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.).

For detailed instructions on applying to the MA program in Spanish, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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




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 Spanish. Applications are submitted in the early spring for appointments beginning the following fall.

Graduate teaching assistantships most often take the form of a one-year appointment awarded to students just beginning the French or Spanish MA program (renewable for a second year pending standing). 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 up to two 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.

Occasionally, the department awards one-year assistantships to current 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:

  • tuition remission for full-time graduate study (three courses per semester, excluding summer) for the duration of the appointment;
  • a stipend for living expenses (in 2018-2019 the amount was $14,000), paid in ten equal payments from August through May.
  • university health insurance for the ten-month contract period (August-May).  (NOTE: GTAs who are awarded a second year 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 Spanish must:

  • possess oral and written proficiency in Spanish at the advanced level, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages;
  • meet all of the requirements for admission into the Spanish MA program; and
  • 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:

  • the application form (PDF), completed and signed; [NOTE: THE APPLICATION FORM HAS NOT YET BEEN UPDATED FOR THE 2019 COMPETITION]
  • current transcripts (official or unofficial) from all post-secondary institutions attended;
  • two sealed letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors who can comment in detail on your proficiency in English, your proficiency in Spanish, your capacity for working under supervision, and your potential as a teacher;
  • a current resume; and
  • 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:


Applications will be received beginning January 1st for the following academic year. The complete application packet must be received by the February 28th deadline.

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

Requirements for awardees

Applicants awarded a GTAship must:

  • 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 2019).
  • report to Corinna Stephens in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages main office (Bingham Humanities 332) no later than August 1st, 2019, 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.
  • 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:

  • engage in full-time graduate study (i.e, take three graduate-level courses per semester);
  • remain in good academic standing (i.e., maintain a GPA of at least 3.0); and
  • 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.