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T.A. Position Available AY 14-15

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for the position of Teaching Assistant for LAST 170 (Introduction to Latin American Studies) for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Appointments will be 50% and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines.

T.A. responsibilities include: attendance at two weekly lectures, teaching three weekly discussion sections, office hours, and collaboration in the preparation and grading of quizzes and exams, and other course related tasks as determined by the course Instructor.

Requirements: Applicants must be UIUC graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be teaching. They should also have previous teaching experience and a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Applicants should send the following material:

  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to cotler@illinois.edu)

Send/Mail Applications to:
Angelina Cotler
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
206 International Studies Program
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61801

Deadline: May 12, 2014

Congratulations to Tom Zuidema and Joseph Love!!!

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies congratulates two of their professors, Tom Zuidema (Anthropology) and Joseph Love (History), who have been named to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Centennial Gallery of Excellence. The gallery features some of the most noteworthy faculty, alumni and discoveries associated with the college over its first 100 years.

A link to the announcement can be found here.

Congratulations to Tom Zuidema who brought new understanding to a lost empire and Joe Love who positioned LAS as a leader in Brazilian studies of this well-deserved honor!

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is a Title VI National Resource Center in consortium with the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education .

CLACS houses the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies. Established in 2009, the Institute promotes research on Brazil by organizing conferences and offering fellowships; encourages collaborative research between U of I faculty and Brazilian colleagues and supports instruction on Brazil.

CLACS offers Master's, Graduate Minor, and Bachelor's degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate minors, in Latin American Studies. The Center also offers instruction in Quechua, the most widely-spoken Native American Language, for more than 20 years.

Among our many activities, we attract speakers and visiting scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean; organize cultural and educational activities; and sponsor travel and field research for faculty and student. Through colleges and departments across the campus, we seek to support and enlarge an interdisciplinary faculty who maintain an active research agenda and teach courses on Latin American subjects. We sponsor conferences, symposia, colloquia, the Latin American Film Festival and Outreach programs on current affairs and other matters of scholarly and general interest.

With more than 601,000 volumes, our Latin American and Caribbean Studies Library Collection is believed to be one of the top five in the nation and the largest in the Midwest. The collection is comprehensive in all countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean, and is more than able to support research, teaching, and study in the social sciences and humanities.