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Awards & Funding

Dual-title students in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies receive most of their funding through their partner discipline. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department offers a limited number of one-year teaching assistantships that dual-title students can apply for in January for the following academic year. These assistantships provide a mechanism of funding and critical professional experience for students training for positions in the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS 2020-21 (resident teaching)

 Applications are being sought for WGSS Graduate Teaching Assistantships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Our assistantships are offered on a competitive basis to advanced students currently enrolled in our degree programs. Both dual-degree and declared minors are eligible to apply, but preference is given to dual-degree students.

Graduate TAs in WGSS typically are responsible for teaching sections of either Women's Studies 100, "Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies," or Women's Studies 106, "Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art, and Popular Cultures." Assistantships include a tuition waiver in addition to a modest stipend. Applications should include:

  • A one-page teaching philosophy
  • Two letters of recommendation from either faculty or students that address your teaching ability
  • A current CV
  • Copies of SRTE scores (if available)

 Applications for teaching assistantships are due Monday, January 20, 2020.

Please collate all materials (except letters of recommendation) as one attached pdf document and submit it to . Please ask your letter writers to send their letters of recommendation directly to , preferably as an attached document.

 

SUMMER ONLINE TEACHING APPOINTMENTS 2020

 The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers summer appointments for our dual-degree and (declared) graduate minor students to teach on-line WMNST 100 and WMNST 106. These are not teaching assistantships, instead instructors are paid on a course-by-course basis. To apply for an online summer teaching opportunity, please gather the following material:

  • A cover letter expressing why you need this summer employment and are in a strong position to teach an online course successfully.
  • A one-page teaching philosophy
  • A current CV
  • Copies of SRTE scores (up to two sets)

We encourage dual-degree and graduate minor students to apply, however preference is given to dual-degree students. Previous teaching experience is important, as is training or experience with online pedagogies and technologies.

Application materials for 2020 online summer teaching appointments are due Monday, January 20, 2020.

The application for online teaching, because it is not an assistantship, is processed through Penn State’s “Electronic Jobs Management System” (EJMS). By Wednesday, January 11, we will be sending out the link (via the grad list serv) necessary to uploading your application materials to EJMS for these summer teaching appointments. We are not allowed to process these applications with materials not submitted through EJMS, so please use EJMS once that link is made public in order to submit your application materials.


The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides several awards to dual-title students to support their research efforts and recognize their accomplishments in teaching and research.

Sara Woods Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Sara Woods Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Laura Richardson Whitaker Memorial Graduate Award