Program in Comparative Literature

Application Process

All volunteers with the Travis County Sherriff’s Office must meet the following standards:

  • No convictions for any aggravated or sexual offenses.
  • No arrests within the past 24 months.
  • If on Parole and/or Probation: (Normally applies to Substance Abuse/12 Step Programs)
    • Must have a written recommendation from their Parole/Probation Officer
    • Must provide evidence of employment or legitimate means of livelihood
    • Must have been on Parole/Probation for at least 12 months without any incarceration time or adverse reports.

Interested parties must submit the following to

  • Statement of Interest: What do you want to teach? Why do you want to teach in this program? What are your goals, intellectually and pedagogically?
  • CV
  • Reference name and contact information


Upon acceptance, applicants will be contacted via email with the next steps of the admissions process and a semester timeline. If approved by the RWL admission committee, all instructors must submit the following to the TCCC programs coordinator by the specified deadline:

Submission of a volunteer application gives TCSO permission to run a criminal background check on volunteer applicants.

  • PREA Volunteer Contractor Acknowledgement
  • Legible copy of your US Government Issued ID

ONLY graduate student instructors may use out of state identification cards or driver’s licenses


Participation in the Reading World Literature Program is contingent upon each instructor’s authorization and approval by the TCSO.


Instructor Responsibilities

  • Read the RWL Handbook & TCSO Volunteers webpage
  • Submit all required forms for the TCSO
  • Sign and submit Volunteer Contract, Publishing Agreement
  • Attend mandatory Orientation Meeting with TCSO program directors
  • Attend all RWL program meetings with co-directors and instructor cohort
  • Complete course observation prior to submitting syllabus for review
  • Submit reading schedule & syllabus documents via Google Drive for review and approval by co-directors
  • Schedule class meetings with Heather