Teaching Assistants for Africa 277: An Introductory Survey

The African Studies Program seeks teaching assistants for Africa 277: An Introductory Survey. This interdisciplinary course is cross-listed in African Cultural Studies, Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology.  Graduate students from any discipline at any stage in their program are invited to apply. Applications are due on April 11th.

Students may apply to one or more of the following positions:

  • Position 1. Summer 2022 (May 23- July 17)
  • Position 2. Fall 2022
  • Position 3. 277 TEACHING FELLOW: Full year + summer (Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023)

Monday, April 11th at 11:59 pm
Decisions will be returned by Friday, April 29th.

Submit applications here:


  • Positions 1 & 2 are standard TA positions. TAs will manage course communications with students, lead discussion sections, keep records, assist with all grading, and carry out other duties as requested by the course instructor.
  • Position 3 is a Teaching Fellowship. In addition to the standard responsibilities of TAs listed above, the 277 Teaching Fellow will have additional responsibilities to prepare them to lead the course in Summer 2023. The Fellow will have a reduced number of discussion sections to allow time for these responsibilities, which include: (1) Closely shadow course instructors in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023. (2) Enroll and complete one of the TeachOnline@UW trainings, or equivalent pedagogy professional development training (i.e. Delta Program courses or workshops, the Discussion Project, etc.)  (3) Coordinate with two African Studies faculty to create and record content for two new lessons. (4) Prepare at least one new lesson (lecture + learning materials + assessment) on a topic(s) of the Fellow’s choosing, (5) review and update course material, and (6) supervise one or more TAs in Summer 2023.


  • Summer 2022: Kevin Wamalwa, Department of African Cultural Studies
  • Fall 2022: Neil Kodesh, Department of History
  • Spring 2023: Matthew Brown, Department of African Cultural Studies
  • Summer 2023: Teaching Fellow


  • Summer 2022:  fully online 8-week course, May 23- July 17
  • Fall 2022: Blended: in-person MW 9:55-10:45 | online, asynchronous F
  • Spring 2023: Blended: in-person/online, schedule TBD
  • Summer 2023: fully online 8-week course, dates TBD


  • Position 1. Summer 2022: 50% TA for 8X weeks (~$4500 stipend)
  • Position 2. Fall 2022: 50% TA (~$10,250 stipend + tuition remission)
  • Position 3. Full year + summer: Summer 2022 50% TA 8X weeks, Fall 2022- Spring 2023 50% TA, Summer 2023 8X weeks 50% Lecturer (~ $30,000 stipend + tuition remission).

Stipend estimates based on 2022 rates; stipend levels are determined by UW-Madison Graduate School and are subject to change.

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.