African Studies Outreach Project Assistant Position

The African Studies Program is inspired and guided by the Wisconsin Idea to share the expertise, talents, and scholarship of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to promote the study of Africa in schools and communities across Wisconsin.

The ideal candidate  for the Outreach Project Assistant position is a graduate student in education with an active academic interest in Africa and teaching or outreach experience at the K-12 level.

The position comes with tuition remission and benefits.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist with organizing, publicizing, and implementing K-16 outreach programs and other African Studies Program events
  • Take a lead role in coordinating the African Studies Program lending collections,  Outreach Scholars Program, and the annual Teachers Workshop
  • Work with other outreach coordinators among the international centers in Ingraham Hall to organize joint programming for teachers, schools, and other outreach constituencies, mainly through the aegis of the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC)


  • Life and/or research experience in Africa
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication, administrative and project management skills
  • Strong initiative and follow-through, positive attitude, attention to detail, ability to work independently and as a member of a team to develop and execute programming on campus, in schools, and in the community
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Proven time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students and the public
  • Experience and proficiency with word processing and spreadsheets
  • Applicant must be dependable, motivated, efficient, and a quick learner


16-20 hours per week during the academic year


Start date in January, 2015. Flexible hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Applicants must be UW-Madison graduate students in good standing, making normal progress toward a degree, and who plan to be enrolled and in residence for the 2015-16 academic year.

Application Deadline

Friday, November 28, 2014

To apply

Submit an application letter stating background, strengths, and credentials; a CV; and the names and telephone numbers of two potential references. All documents should be submitted as a single PDF to Catherine Reiland, creiland[at]