Africa 277 TA & Teaching Fellow Application


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.


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

  • Summer 2023 TA (May 30-July 23)
  • Fall 2023 50% TA (one semester)
  • 277 Teaching Fellow (up to 15 months of support)


  • Summer and Fall TAs: 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.
  • Teaching Fellow: The Fellow will have a reduced number of discussion sections in order to assist with curriculum development. Fellows will:
  1. Complete ~20 hours of pedagogical training. The Fellow may propose a personalized training program that reflects their interests using programs such as  TeachOnline@UWDelta Program workshops, the Discussion Project, or other programs.
  2. Coordinate with one African Studies faculty member to create and record content for one new lesson.
  3. Prepare at least one new lesson (lecture + learning materials + assessment) on a topic(s) of the Fellow’s choosing,
  4. Review and update course material, and
  5. Supervise one or more TAs in Summer 2024.


  • Summer 2023: Michael Oshindoro, African Cultural Studies
  • Fall 2023: Neil Kodesh, History
  • Spring 2024: Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué, African Cultural Studies
  • Summer 2024: Teaching Fellow


  • Summer 2023:  fully online 8-week course, May 30-July 23
  • Fall 2023: Blended: in-person MW 9:55-10:45 | online, asynchronous F
  • Spring 2024: Blended: in-person/online, schedule TBD
  • Summer 2024: fully online 8-week course, dates TBD


  • Summer 2023 TA: 50% TA for 8X weeks (~$4500 stipend)
  • Fall 2023 TA: 50% TA (~$11,500 stipend + tuition remission)
  • Teaching Fellow: The Fellow must TA for the course for a minimum of one semester (~$11,500 stipend + tuition remission) before serving as the lead instructor in Summer 2024 ($5000). OPTIONAL: Fellow may elect to serve as a TA in Summer 2023 ($4500) and/or for the entire 2023-24 academic year (~$23,000 stipend + tuition remission).

Stipend estimates based on 2023 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.


Apply Here

SUN, APRIL 9 11:59 PM

Decisions will be returned by APRIL 21

TEACHING FELLOW APPLICANTS must ask their primary advisor to submit a Teaching Fellow Approval Form by the deadline.


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.