Teaching Opportunities

Opportunities Within the Department

The University and Department are Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employers. Appropriate EEO and AA criteria are utilized in all selection and hiring processes. The Department awards four different kinds of teaching opportunities:

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants have complete responsibility for teaching their own courses at the introductory level. Approximately six to eight teaching assistantships are available each year. The awards are provided for one year. Applicants for Teaching Assistantships must be currently enrolled in the Department's graduate program and must hold no equivalent grants or awards from University sources or the East-West Center during the award period. Students who have held Teaching Assistantships and/or Apprenticeships for a sum of three years are ineligible for further Teaching Assistantships.

Teaching Assistantships are awarded each year on a competitive basis by the Department's Grants and Awards Committee. Completed applications must be submitted to the Department secretary by the announced deadline for awards that are to begin in the fall semester of the same year. Applications should include a completed application form, three letters of recommendation, a proposed syllabus, and a statement from the advisor or dissertation chair stating that the applicant is making satisfactory progress.

Teaching Apprenticeships

Teaching Apprenticeships are provided for students who will assist professors in the conduct of their course. Teaching Apprenticeships are available only to newly matriculating graduate students. No more than two apprenticeships are available each year. All entering students are eligible for this award, which will be made by the Admissions Committee. Teaching Apprentices must hold no equivalent grants or awards from University sources or the East-West Center during the award period. The Teaching Apprenticeship lasts one year. Teaching Apprentices may subsequently apply for Teaching Assistantships.

Teaching Interns

Teaching Interns design and teach their own courses and participate in a seminar on pedagogy within Political Science for which they receive up to 6 units of graduate credit in lieu of a stipend. Interns are lightly supervised by a faculty member who also convenes the seminar. The Teaching Intern program allows up to four additional graduate students each year to gain teaching experience and integrate philosophies of teaching into other scholarly pursuits. Teaching Interns can use this teaching experience to aid their applications for Teaching Assistantships and for jobs within the academic marketplace. Teaching Interns are selected competitively. As with awards for Teaching Assistants, completed applications must be submitted to the Department secretary by the announced deadline for awards that are to begin in the fall semester of the same year. Applications should include a completed application form, three letters of recommendation, and a statement from the advisor or dissertation chair stating that the applicant is making satisfactory progress.

Visiting Teacher

"Visiting Teacher" is a title given to graduate students who arrange with individual faculty members to lead a discussion or give a lecture or series of lectures in undergraduate classes. There is no formal committee approval necessary for visiting teachers, and there are no stipends awarded. Visiting teachers are encouraged to use the departmental teaching evaluation forms after their lectures in order to improve their skills and to maintain a record of teaching effectiveness for job applications and for Teaching Assistantship awards. Visiting teachers are welcome to participate in the Teaching Intern seminar, and graduate students interested in teaching opportunities can contact the Teaching Liaison Committee Chair for referrals.

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Opportunities Outside of the Department

Summer Session Teaching

These positions are open to advanced graduate students. Announcement of openings occurs in the fall. To apply, submit a proposed course syllabus to the Department's Hiring Committee. For doctoral students, the starting salary for Summer 2013 was $4,002 per 3-credit course.

Outreach College

Each semester and during the summer, the Outreach College offers Political Science courses, both on and off campus. Most of the courses are held at night, and some are taught on military bases. The Department's Hiring Committee selects instructors for these courses. To apply, graduate students must submit a proposed course description and a statement of visible progress toward the Ph.D. degree to the Committee. Requests for applications are usually made several times each year via Department memoranda.

Local Colleges & Universities

Teaching opportunities are also available at other local colleges and universities, such as other campuses in the University of Hawai‘i system, Chaminade University, and Hawai‘i Pacific University.

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