Teaching Assistantships are an opportunity for students who are interested in teaching to gain valuable experience in a leadership role in the classroom during their time as a graduate student. TAships are awarded to MFA/MA students who have completed the Critical Pedagogy course or have an MA in teaching. Graduate Candidates work alongside a faculty member for in class support and instruction. The paid award ($1600) is competitive and the selection is based on the student’s teaching packet which is developed in the Critical Pedagogy course.

TA appointments are made for one term only, and are typically for BFA Studio Art and Liberal Arts classes at the 100, 200, and 300 levels such as Basic Drawing, or Writing in Context. This teaching experience combined with a Masters-level degree works towards part-time teaching opportunities at community colleges and other 4-year colleges and universities.


Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Fellowship awards. All students are eligible to apply for fellowships and application deadlines are released by departments once classes have begun. Previous experience will be taken into consideration based on preferred qualifications. The fellowship compensation ranges from $800 to $1600.

Currently, our fellowships include:

  • Curatorial Fellowships - The Graduate Curatorial Fellow’s job is to curate, schedule and maintain the on campus student galleries in collaboration with the BFA Galleries Coordinator under the supervision of the Gallery Director.
  • The Writers Fellowship - The Writer’s Fellowship offers a graduate student the experience of cultivating literary arts across the entire Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies and promoting the Low-Residency Creative Writing program within and beyond PNCA.
  • Academic Support Center (ASC) Graduate Fellowship - The ASC Fellow’s job is to provide academic support for PNCA students seeking help with research and writing related assignments. This position includes collaborative work with the Library under the supervision of the Instruction Librarian.
  • HFSGS Community Fellowship - The Community Fellow helps coordinate participation in social events (such as art excursions, casual hangouts, and post-event talkbacks), as well as collaborative cross-program critiques, and organizes studio visits across disciplines for graduate students.The purpose of this fellowship is to build community and foster cross-program dialogue and support for students.

Email Jessie Spiess Werner jwerner@willamette.edu or Shawna Lipton slipton@willamette.edu for questions about Fellowships or Teaching Assistantships.

OMSI/PNCA Art+Science STEAM Educator Fellowship

This Fellowship is an opportunity for 2–4 PNCA students interested in arts/design-integrated teaching and learning to develop and teach a five-day summer camp course in partnership with Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) at its Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR. Working in pairs, students for these positions co-develop curricula for programs titled 'Design Naturalists' (grades 6–8). PNCA faculty provide support both individually and in group workshops focused on pedagogy, curriculum design, and blending design principles with coastal ecology.


Email Jessie Spiess Werner jwerner@willamette.edu for questions about Fellowships or Teaching Assistantships.