International Studies Teaching Fellow


The Teaching Fellows program gives students the opportunity to develop and teach an in-person academic year course and a summer online course for the International Studies major.


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.


1X Course Development Grant for Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 ($5000)

1X Semester 50% Lecturer (SA) for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 ($11,600 stipend + tuition remission)

1X Summer 2024 Lecturer (SA) Position ($5000)


Fellows will be teaching undergraduate students 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.


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.
  • Revise their teaching statement
  • Teach the course in-person during the Academic Year (Fall 2023 or Spring 2024)
  • Teach the course online during Summer 2024


Applicants should submit a C.V., cover letter, and teaching statement. Cover letter should describe the proposed course, indicating the track (Global Security, Political Economy, Culture).

This application process is intended to encourage students to develop application materials in preparation for entering the job market. Please consider visiting the Writing Center and consulting with your advisor as you prepare your teaching statement. Resources for drafting a teaching statement>>

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. Please communicate with your course referee before submitting your application, as the course referee must submit an approval form by the deadline. View Teaching Fellow Approval Form>> (UW-NETID & password required)

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Sunday, April 9 @ 11:59 PM CST


The African Studies Program is pleased to offer two additional Teaching Fellow opportunities. Students may apply to multiple Teaching Fellow positions, but may only accept one appointment. Previous Teaching Fellows are eligible to apply. All Teaching Fellow positions require separate applications and will be reviewed by separate committees. Mentors should only submit one Teaching Fellow Approval Form per applicant.