Department of English

Reading World Literature: Co-teaching Opportunity for Graduate Students

Thu, June 22, 2017
Reading World Literature: Co-teaching Opportunity for Graduate Students
Established in 2014 by the Graduate Organization for Comparative Literature Students (GRACLS), the Reading World Literature program (RWL) offers literature courses at the Travis County Correctional Complex (TCCC). With the support of the Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO), graduate students teach at the pre-trial facility located past the airport.
Recently, the Program in Comparative Literature partnered with the Department of English to continue growing RWL. We are recruiting additional graduate student instructors to expand the number of classes offered each semester. In addition, we are looking to involve faculty and students from fellow departments in the College of Liberal Arts.  
We are soliciting applications from graduate students to co-teach a literature course for 4 to 6 weeks at the TCCC in the Fall 2017 semester. If you are interested in using your literary knowledge and pedagogical training to get involved with our community, we welcome your application.
RWL instructors will be required to take a conference course (CL or E 391L) with Dr. Lisa Moore (our faculty co-supervisor). The course will focus on relevant pedagogical theory and serve as an opportunity to formally reflect on work with students in the facility. The schedule of conference course meetings will be determined by the professor and the graduate students enrolled in the course.
All first time RWL instructors are required to co-teach their course with another graduate student. Typically, RWL courses focus on a single text because of the turnaround at the facility. Instructors will be able to discuss and determine the content of their course with the RWL co-directors and co-supervisors and their RWL cohort. Instructors will be provided with a stipend of $1200 for their work.  
 
Minimum requirements for RWL instructors:
·  No convictions for any aggravated or sexual offenses.
·  No outstanding warrants 
·  No arrests within the past 24 months
·  If on Parole and/or Probation: (Normally applies to Substance Abuse/12 Step Programs)
o Must have a written recommendation from their Parole/Probation Officer
o Must provide evidence of employment or legitimate means of livelihood
o Must have been on Parole/Probation for at least 12 months without any incarceration time or adverse reports
 
Instructor Responsibilities include:
·         Complete the TCCC volunteer application, background-check, and orientation to obtain facility access
·         Draft a syllabus and reading schedule for your course
·         Attend all class sessions with your RWL cohort and faculty supervisor
·         Complete all readings and assignments for both the theoretical and practical components of the pedagogy course in the RWL program.
·         Schedule your course times and days with the education coordinator at the TCCC
·         Meet one to three times weekly with your class at the TCCC (60-120 minute courses)
·         Provide class materials such as:
o    Syllabus
o    Reading Schedule
o    Class agendas
o    Vocabulary lists
o    Other handouts (terms, supplemental materials, historical context, timeline, etc.)
o    Homework assignments (reading, discussion questions, etc.)
 
Interested applicants must submit the following to nina.sport@utexas.edu by August 1st:
·         CV
·         Statement of Interest: What do you want to teach? Please provide a text and include a short course description. Why do you want to participate in this program? What are your goals, intellectually and pedagogically? Do you have any experience teaching in correctional facilities? If so, please explain.
·   One reference (name and contact info only)

 

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