Monthly Archives: July 2014

Assistant Instructor positions to teach Spanish

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is offering two Assistant Instructor positions to teach Spanish in the Fall 2014 semester.  These are the requirements:

-Be fluent in Spanish.

-Nine hour enrollment in a graduate program at UT Austin.

-30 hours of graduate credit.

-At least one year of teaching experience in an accredited college or school.

-398T: If you don’t have this requirement, we offer an intensive course beginning Wednesday, August 20, thru Friday, August 22, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, and continuing throughout the semester (1.5 hrs every Tuesday).


We offer:

-A monthly salary.

-A waiver to pay in-state tuition.

-Tuition Reduction Benefit.

-Insurance coverage as a UT employee.


This is a 20 hour position.  The classes are two hours MWF, for a total of six hours of teaching per week.  AIs are also required to have three hours of office hours per week.


If you have any questions or need more information please contact Laura Rodríguez:

Thank you!

Laura J. Rodríguez

Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The University of Texas at Austin

150 W. 21st. St. Stop B 3700

Austin, TX 78712



Legal Services for Students

Legal Services for Students
The mission of Legal Services for Students at the University of Texas at Austin is:
  • To provide high quality legal services to students by enabling them to assess the merits of their concern and achieve the most beneficial response. We further endeavor to usher students through the potentially harmful emotional reactions, financial crises, and life changes that can accompany legal issues or disputes, and help them to plan for their future, control outcomes and manage consequences;
  • To help students make wise choices by providing preventative legal education through multiple avenues of outreach programming and education;
  • To protect students from predatory practices, to which college students are uniquely vulnerable; and,
  • To maintain the university’s reputation amongst its peers for excellence in student services by maintaining, promoting and building upon our status as the first program of its kind
Established in June 1970, Legal Services for Students at The University of Texas at Austin was the first full-time on campus legal assistance program in the United States, and was initially staffed by one attorney and one secretary. The office has since grown to a staff comprised of two full-time and one half-time attorney, one legal secretary and two law clerks. The office is funded through the mandatory student service fee at the rate of approximately $2 per semester.


Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature

Dear colleagues and friends,
The 11th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin will take place September 26-28, 2014.  We’ve extended the deadline for submitting abstracts to give students the summer to complete proposals.  The final deadline is August 28th.   Please find the call for papers below and attached.  We look forward to hearing from you and to a lively conference!
Best regards,
Jamila Davey and Raelene Wyse
Conference Organizers
Call for Papers
The 11th Annual
Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature
Rethinking Comparison: Relationality, Intertextuality, Materiality
26 – 28 September 2014
University of Texas at Austin
Keynote Address by Professor Natalie Melas, Cornell University
Édouard Glissant theorizes relation as a way of rethinking contact between cultures and languages in a global context.  He coined the term tout-monde – in English, whole world – to conceptualize the condition of existing in a world characterized by the simultaneous presence of all cultures.  Through tout-monde, Glissant destabilizes notions of distinct languages, cultures, and identities.  His concept of relation opens up these categories to a principle of continuous transformation.  Engaging Glissant’s ideas, Natalie Melas asks how relation can be used to reexamine comparative studies.  In her book All the Difference in the World, she writes that the concept of relation shifts our focus “from ‘what do you compare?’ to ‘on what grounds do you compare?’”  She seeks a method that recognizes the impossibility of fixed sites of comparison and that consciously avoids the “normalizing and generalizing” tendency that comparative work always risks enacting.
The 11th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature invites papers and panels that reflect on these questions and explore contemporary comparative practices. We seek contributions that problematize the grounds of comparison and introduce strategies and concepts to grapple with the complexity of studying cultural objects.  We welcome engagements that interrogate Comparative Literature’s status as a discipline and as a set of practices dealing with questions of translationality, untranslatability, world literature, and telepoesis. We encourage research that examines intertextuality as a tout-monde of texts wherein “discrete” texts signify meaning always in relation to a world of prior and future texts.  We invite work that considers the materiality of texts from the perspective of the encounters and relations that shape their physical existence.  Finally, we encourage projects that investigate how comparative practice makes it possible to work across disciplinary boundaries. For example, how does the concept tout-monde enable us to reframe inquiries that investigate the intersection of the modern and the medieval while pushing us to rethink these categorizations?
We encourage contributions that address literary, visual, and/or oral texts.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
● State of the field
● What is Comparative Literature?
● Comparing across time, space, and place
● Comparative Literature and Area Studies
● Poetics as transformation
● Generic interrelatedness/boundaries
● Language as Creolization or a mixing of languages
● Identity as rhizomatic, performed, and shaped in relation
● Representation as relationality and/or referentiality
● Affects of Comparison
● Cultural production within markets of consumption
● Global/local relations in cultural products
● Reading as translation
The deadline for individual abstracts and panels is 28 August 2014.  Abstracts of a maximum 350 words should be submitted via email as a Word document to  Panel proposals may include 3 or 4 speakers.  Panel proposals may include 3 or 4 speakers. The panel organizer (s) must email the proposed title, topic, moderator (if available), and presenters for the panel.  All members of the panel must also submit their abstracts via email.
For additional information about the conference, please contact the organizers Raelene Wyse and Jamila Davey or visit UT’s Program in Comparative Literature website:

Jamila Davey M.A.
Doctoral Student
Program in Comparative Literature
University of Texas at Austin


Apply: GRS 097 Fundamentals for Teaching Assistants

GRS 097 is a 0-credit hour course for first-time TAs leading discussion sections in CoLA to gain knowledge about teaching fundamentals.  We piloted the program in CoLA last year and our research indicates that TAs benefited greatly from the seminar in areas such as feeling prepared to teach the subject matter, creating a positive learning environment, and using a range of instructional strategies.  After the seminar, TAs felt more strongly that their teaching influenced student learning and that they were able to reflect upon their teaching practice to keep improving as instructors.  
Here is the link to the application that contains more information about this professional development opportunity:​.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the course.  
Thank you,
Molly Hatcher, J.D., Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Development
FAC 213 | 512.232.5181

Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs

From: Daye S Lee
Under Dr. Victor Cha’s leadership, our program recently launched a new peer-reviewed journal, titled Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs. We are now accepting submissions from both undergraduate and graduate students for our inaugural issue, which is scheduled to be printed in November 2014.
Our faculty and staff would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate the attached flyer and/or share this link ( with your students at the University of Texas. This is a unique opportunity for students of Asian studies to publish their work, as their pieces will be featured along with writings of distinguished Asia scholars and practitioners.
Thank you for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can do anything for your program in terms of outreach and other communications tasks.
Warm wishes,
Daye S. Lee

Events and Outreach Coordinator
SFS Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University