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 an additional year 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 2023-2024 (resident teaching)
Applications are being sought for WGSS Graduate Teaching Assistantships for the 2023-2024 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)
- If applying to the Reproductive Justice Teaching Assistantship, you will need to include a 1 page statement of purpose as well.
Applications for teaching assistantships are due Friday, February 10, 2023.
Please collate all materials (except letters of recommendation) as one attached pdf document and submit it to email@example.com. Please ask your letter writers to send their letters of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably as an attached document.
SUMMER ONLINE TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
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.
In the spring semester an announcement goes out to the listserv announcing how to apply and due dates for application.
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
- Academic Computing Fellowship
- Alumni Association Dissertation Award
- Barash Award for Human Service
- College of the Liberal Arts University and College Awards
- Denise Haunani Solomon Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students
- Penn State Center & Institute Fellowship Program-Humanities Initiative Dissertation Release
- Raymond Lombra Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- RGSO Dissertation Support Competition
- Summer Tuition Assistance Program
- Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award
- Fulbright Study/Research Grants
- Graduate School Student Recognition Awards
- Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award
- Graduate Student International Research Award
- Graduate Student Summer Residencies
- Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award
- Harold K. Schilling Dean’s Graduate Scholarship
- The Humanities Initiative Dissertation Support Program
- Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award
- Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School
- Professional Master’s Excellence Award
- University Graduate Fellowships
- Beinecke Scholarship Program
- The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
- Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
- Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities
- NWSA Graduate Scholarship
- NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award
- NWSA Trans/Gender-Variant Caucus Award
- NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award
- Citizens and Scholars Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies