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Graduate Programs - Teaching Assistantships

The School of Art offers several levels of Teaching Assistantships: Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), Graduate Assistantship (GA), and Graduate Instructors (GI). These assistantships are competitively awarded. Generally, graduate students receive these opportunities, but it is not guaranteed. Graduate students are mentored for and apply for Teaching Assistantships each semester.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are awarded to students in the School of Art graduate degree programs. These awards provide an annual stipend ($9,000 per year; $4,500 per semester), and a tuition waiver for nine credits for in-state or out-of-state students. Teaching assistants are generally assigned two classes each semester in a foundations-level course and/or entry-level studio course, or one class and ten hours of service per week to the School. Teaching and service assignments are at the discretion of the Director of the School of Art.  The School currently offers five assistantships at this level.

Graduate Assistantships (GA) are awarded to graduate students to serve as assistants in our large lecture classes, including Art of World Civilization and Art Appreciation. These assistants receive $1,000 per semester, no tuition waiver.

On occasion, graduate students are asked to teach a three-credit class in the School of Art. This Graduate Instructor (GI) position is similar to an adjunct instructor. There is no tuition waiver associated with this position, but students receive from $1500 to $2000 per semester, depending on experience.

Conditions of Assistantships

Graduate students are required to take the Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar / Professional Development (Art 502) before being considered for a teaching assistant award. Incoming graduate students will be considered for a teaching assistant award, but will be required to complete Art 502 concurrent with their teaching assignment.

Ability as an artist as demonstrated by his/her artwork. This evaluation is made by the school faculty and is not exclusively determined by grade point averages.

The programmatic needs of the school. In order to maintain the undergraduate program, the school employs students with various skills and abilities. Consideration will be given to those students who exhibit strengths in the needed areas.

Level of maturity and ability to work cooperatively with the faculty and the candidate's potential to teach at the college level.

Candidate's ability to fulfill TA responsibilities without hampering his/her thesis responsibilities. Responsibilities may include assisting or teaching beginning courses, studio maintenance, and ordering supplies. At the end of each semester the faculty and director will determine TA assignments for the following semester. The foundations coordinator will supervise foundation assignments and training. Beginning class assistance assignments and training will be supervised by the class instructor.

Improper conduct, as determined by the director of the school, will immediately exclude the teaching assistant from the classroom and his/her award will be terminated.

Applying for Assistantships

Different assistantships have different requirements for the applications, please fill out an application. The Graduate student must have a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated exceptional talent in both technical and creative abilities. The School of Art will announce when applications are due via email. These letters will only be sent to University of Montana email accounts. For students to be considered they must apply, though a faculty member or director of the school can suggest them for a position.

GTA and GI application requirements for PROSPECTIVE graduate students include:

If the applicant is interested in being considered for a Teaching Assistantship, they must submit the following items in addition to their Graduate School application materials:

  • Cover letter of introduction and teaching interest
  • TA Application Form
  • 16 week syllabus with grading plan as a typed 8 1/2”x 11” white-paper document for one of the following foundations courses: Visual Language: Drawing Art 101, Visual Language: 2-D Design Art 102, or Visual Language: 3-D Design Art 103. If an applicant is interested in teaching a 200-level studio course please consult The University of Montana catalog for the School of Art course offerings and descriptions. TA finalists may be interviewed by the School of Art selection committee.
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • OPTIONAL-Applicant may include 10 images of their students’ works: JPEG, 300 dpi, 6” high maximum, collated in a named folder

GTA and GI application requirements for CURRENT graduate students include:

  • Cover letter
  • TA Application Form
  • One set of ten images. Digital portfolio using JPEG, 300 dpi, 6” high maximum, collated in a named folder. All portfolios will be viewed on a MAC platform Images must be labeled with title, applicants name, and corresponding inventory list.
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • 16 week syllabus with grading plan as a typed 8 1/2”x 11” white-paper document
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (from Cyberbear)
  • OPTIONAL-Applicant may include 10 images of their students’ works: JPEG, 300 dpi, 6” high maximum, collated in a named folder

GA application requirements include: