Approved 12/12/1997 Updated 4/28/2010

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Nevada, Reno, seeks qualified applicants for the positions of graduate teaching assistants in French or Spanish. Graduate teaching assistants follow a program of study leading to the Master of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures, with a specialization in French or Spanish.


Applicants must 1) possess a BA (or equivalent) in French or Spanish, or a BA (or equivalent) in a related field and 18 semester credits in upper-division coursework in French or Spanish; and 2) have an overall undergraduate gradepoint average of at least 3.0. If the applicant is an international student, he or she must submit results of the TOEFL examination when applying for admission to the graduate school, and must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) and pass the Speak Test with a minimum score of 50 (a score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English [TSE] can be substituted for the Speak Test) to be eligible for the position (see for worldwide TOEFL and TSE testing locations).


Graduate teaching assistants normally teach one or two lower-division courses in French or Spanish (depending on the specialization chosen) or lead two Western Traditions discussion sections each semester, as required by the department. Graduate teaching assistants are required to be enrolled in and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in this department each semester. Fall semester duties begin the 4th week of August and end the 3rd week of December; Spring semester duties begin the 3rd week of January and end the 3rd week of May (the Spring semester includes a one-week break). For more detailed information, see Assistantship Duties and Requirements.


Graduate teaching assistants receive a stipend of $14,000 for the year (Fall and Spring semesters or Spring and Fall semesters), out-of-state tuition is waived, and a reduction to $63.29 per credit for registration fees. The positions are state-funded.


Graduate teaching assistants are selected on the basis of their academic and scholarly records and their promise of high achievement in graduate study and teaching.


Applicants must first apply to the Graduate School for admission to our program. Then, please send to the address below a letter of application indicating 1) the date your Application for Graduate School Admission was filed with the graduate school or the date that you were admitted to graduate standing in our program; 2) your intended specialization (French or Spanish); and 3) briefly, your qualifications. Please include contact information (address, e-mail address, telephone numbers). In addition, applicants must direct  three letters of recommendation to:
Graduate Director in [select French or Spanish]
FLL / 100
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557-0034

Applications are accepted year-round, but applicants must have all materials on file in the department by April 15 to ensure full consideration for the Fall and Spring semesters, and by December 15l to ensure full consideration for the following Spring and Fall semesters.

The University of Nevada, Reno, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and, in accordance with University policy, sexual orientation, in any program or activity it operates. The University of Nevada employs only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.