The African Studies Teaching Fellows program will give students the opportunity to develop and teach an online course for the International Studies major.  As part of the program, fellows will receive pedagogical training and support as well as the opportunity to create and revise a teaching statement.


Applicants must be UW-Madison graduate students in good standing, making normal progress toward a degree, specializing in the study of Africa in any department, with life and preferably research experience in Africa.



One semester of 50% TA support (~$10,500 stipend + tuition remission for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022) and a Summer 2022 term lecturer position (~ $5000).



Fellows will be teaching in the International Studies Major; thus, the proposed course must align with one of the three tracks within the IS major.

  • Global Security: Causes and solutions to political crises, violent conflicts, and human rights challenges in interstate, transnational, and domestic settings.
  • Politics and Policy in the Global Economy: Policy issues pertaining to international commerce and trade, aid and development, and related environmental and natural resource problems.
  • Culture in the Age of Globalization: Cross-cultural interactions at different levels: local, national, and transnational, and the impact of globalization on cultures

Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with existing IS major curriculum before applying. Fellows will teach a 3-credit special topics course at the 400 (intermediate) level. Applicants are encouraged to select a special topic that aligns with their academic expertise.


This is a 50% appointment. Fellows should spend 20 hrs each week on training and course development.

Fellows will be expected to:

  • Meet with their course referee a minimum of 2X before course launch
  • Meet with the IS faculty director or major advisor to discuss the IS curriculum and to receive approval on the course theme
  • Meet with the IS faculty director or major advisor for final approval of the proposed syllabus
  • Meet with the African Studies associate director once per month to discuss and create a timeline for proposed training and course development
  • Enroll in TeachOnline@UW or equivalent pedagogy training (Delta program workshops or courses, The Discussion Project, or others).
  • Design and revise course syllabus and course materials, including selecting readings, creating/curating digital media, crafting assessments and assignments, and planning for modes of interaction among students and between the students and instructor.
  • Compose and revise a teaching statement
  • Teach the course in Summer 2022 (exact course dates will be determined in consultation with IS Major)



Applicants should submit a C.V. and cover letter. Cover letter should state background and strengths as well as describe the proposed course, indicating the track (Global Security, Political Economy, Culture). Applicants must also identify a course referee. The course referee must be a faculty member or instructional academic staff member with expertise related to the course subject matter. The course referee must agree to meet with the fellow a minimum of two times to review and approve the course syllabus. Please communicate with your course referee before submitting your application, as the selection committee may contact the course referees listed.


April 18, 11:59pmFind the teaching fellowship here.