Applications are invited for the Peter Boyle-BAAS Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Wyoming, starting in August 2019 for two years. Candidates will normally be final-year undergraduates in American Studies and related fields and disciplines at a British university, but applications will also be accepted from recent graduates.
The Peter Boyle-BAAS Wyoming Graduate Teaching Assistantship consists of the award for two years of a Graduate Assistantship, part of which will be devoted to teaching. The Assistantship provides an income sufficient to cover living expenses, plus remission of tuition fees while the recipient of the award pursues graduate study for an MA. GTA duties take up approximately half of the working time of an Assistant. During the two years the GTA could expect to assist in the teaching of two courses (leading discussions, marking essay exams, etc.), conduct research in support of a faculty member’s project, and participate in grant-supported activities that would lead outside the university.
American Studies at the University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming has offered the MA in American Studies since 1952, the first such degree in the western US. Specialties include environmental studies, visual culture, landscape studies, international American Studies, folklore, and public sector work.
The American Studies Program has a core faculty of five and its public sector program is supported by two staff members whose field work often includes student participation. As the only university in a large state with a small population, the University has unique access to the cultural organizations and institutions of Wyoming. In addition to offering the opportunity to teach, the Peter Boyle Assistantship can give students access to on-the-ground projects that are often the source of innovative thesis ideas.
The Program is especially eager to engage students in original research – either by using the facilities of the American Heritage Center or through engagement with field studies in folklore, material culture, and historic preservation. The goal of the Program is to allow each student to shape a portfolio of teaching recommendations, writing projects, and thesis work that will be most useful in whatever the next step for that student might be. Typically, each class of eight or nine contains two international students. Approximately one third of Program graduates continue as fully funded PhD students at other US institutions.
For further information about the Program, its faculty, and its student community, please consult www.uwyo.edu/ams.
Applicants will be received by a BAAS panel, which will draw up a shortlist for an interview which will usually take place in late January. The recommendation of the panel needs to be ratified by the University of Wyoming. The successful candidates would begin their studies at the University of Wyoming in August 2019 for the two years, 2019-2020.
Please send your application (details below) by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the name of the award in the subject line.
Your letter of application should include the following information:
(1) a curriculum vitae
(2) transcript of undergraduate work
(3) reason for applying in no more than 250 words
(4) two letters of recommendation (emailed by referees directly to email@example.com)
BAAS members are asked to encourage applications for the BAAS Graduate Assistantships from suitably qualified students.
We are now inviting applications. Deadline: 2 January 2019