Academic Instructors

Student academic appointments

A student academic appointment is an internship within the school that combines academic training with work responsibilities. The assignments are available for graduate students.

What positions are available?

Media School graduate students are commonly assigned to three types of SAAs:

  • Associate instructor: a student who teaches or assists with teaching (including instructor of record)
  • Graduate assistant: a student who assists with administrative departmental tasks
  • Research assistant: a student who assists with original, professional-level research

How are SSAs assigned?

SSA positions are typically available during fall and spring semesters.

Mid-semester, The Media School invites graduate students to request assignments for the following semester using an online form. Requests are compared to faculty/course needs, and students are notified of assignments.

Instructors of record

An instructor of record is an AI who is the primary teacher of a course, rather than an assistant to a faculty member.

IoRs are paid the same as other AIs, but the position involves more responsibility and provides additional teaching experience.

Students may request IoR positions.The Media School will make IoR appointments based on the goal of ensuring the undergradutes in the course the best possible educational experience. Beyond that, we’ll consider the following factors (in no particular order):

  • Teachinge experience
  • Seniority
  • Academic standing
  • Funding availability
  • Relevant topical expertise

Per university policy, international students must pass the Test of English Proficiency for Associate Instructor Candidates exam to be eligible for an IoR appointment.

IoR support

The Media School supports its student IoRs in the following ways:

  • Providing syllabi from previous semesters’ course sections
  • Assigning a faculty mentor to provide feedback on course design, assignments, etc.
  • Capping courses at 50 students


SAA benefits include a stipend, health insurance coverage and a fee remission. SAAs are required to be enrolled full time during the time of employment (minimum of six credits each semester).