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International Studies Graduate Student Teaching Opportunity

Modified: March 18, 2016

The International Studies Program in WCAS is hiring three PhD candidates to teach the course IS-395 Integrating Project Seminar. The course is a one-quarter, research-intensive seminar for IS students in their junior or senior year. It is a capstone to the IS curricular experience. 

International Studies is the home in Weinberg College for interdisciplinary teaching and research on international affairs. It attracts students with interests in global affairs that cross among the traditional departments in WCAS. An adjunct major, it has about 200 students as majors and minors. 

The 395 course has two goals: to facilitate independent research by IS juniors and seniors, and to teach substantive material designed by the instructor. The instructor will be expected to design a syllabus that combines attention to both. Often, this means that the instructor uses classic work in his or her area of specialization to model successful research design and execution for students. A substantial portion of the course is devoted to advising students on their research projects, from inception to design to execution and completion. 

Graduate instructors are expected to teach two iterations of the class in 2016-17, each capped at 15 students. Appointments are for the academic year (9 months). The stipend rate for 2016-2017 will be $2,566 per month. 

Applicants wishing to be considered for this opportunity should provide (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae (3) CTECs (4) Course topic proposal and (5) indicate if there is a quarter you are unable to teach. Send all materials to international-studies@northwestern.edu by Tuesday, April 12, 2016. 

Please contact Ian Hurd, Director of International Studies, at ianhurd@northwestern.edu with any questions. As per The Graduate School guidelines, the following restrictions apply: 

  1. The student must be in good academic standing 
  2. The student must have the approval of the program DGS and primary thesis advisor to accept the appointment. 
  3. The student must be in a humanities or social science discipline. 
  4. The student may not be beyond their sixth year in the year of appointment. 
  5. All appointments will be approved by Sarah McGill, Senior Associate Dean of Administration and Planning in TGS