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Graduate Student Associates

How To Apply

General Information

Each year, we employ several Associates to work closely with Center faculty to support on-going activities, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • consulting one-on-one with other graduate students about general teaching concerns or following a Teaching Analysis Poll or in-class observation;
  • supporting various CTE-sponsored events, including the Center’s August Teaching Workshop and the Innovation in Pedagogy Summit;
  • developing, administering, or assessing programs, and developing or augmenting resources.

The position involves working from early-August through May for between five and eight hours per week at an hourly rate of $16-18, depending on experience. Training is provided for all CTE-specific activities and will take place during the first full week of August; applicants should plan to spend up to 25 hours on Center work that week.

Candidate Qualifications
Necessary qualifications for the position of Graduate Student Associate normally include teaching experience at the University of Virginia, demonstrated teaching effectiveness, an active interest in research-based pedagogy, initiative, and effective written and interpersonal communication skills. Graduate Student Associates may be specialists in any discipline, and we attempt to have staff members from a variety of departments and schools.

Application Process
An application consists of the following:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and discussing what you can offer the Center for Teaching Excellence.  The letter should also detail relevant experience and describe all other UVa work commitments during the announced position time period.
  • Your reflective teaching statement.
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • A brief letter (email is acceptable) from your graduate advisor or dissertation director. This letter should briefly comment on your teaching skills, support your interest in this position, and confirm that your work as an Associate will not slow your progress toward completing your degree. With the support of your Graduate Advisor, exceptions to the 20-hour work per week limit can be made (for more information about the 20-hour rule for graduate students in Arts & Sciences, see the relevant section in the GSAS Handbook).

Applications may be submitted at any time for future consideration. Applicants who wish to be considered for the coming academic year should submit their applications by early May. Hiring is normally done on an annual basis; under exceptional circumstances, a semester-long appointment may be made. You may email your completed application to Michelle Busby at or mail or hand-deliver it to the CTE.

Call Michelle Busby at 982-2850 or e-mail