BA Preceptorship


Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies appoints an advanced graduate student Preceptor for the BA Colloquium in Latin American Studies through an internal competition.

The Center for Latin American Studies seeks an advanced graduate student preceptor to lead the BA Colloquium in Latin American Studies, a required course for Latin American Studies majors. The Colloquium meets 15 times throughout the academic year (1½-hour sessions every other week) to bring together the diverse cohort of senior undergraduate majors (estimated at 5-10 students) to enhance the current level of academic, peer, and career-development support. The Preceptor coordinates the activities of the Colloquium in close collaboration with the Latin American Studies Faculty Advisor and meets with each student for a minimum of 3 office hours/quarter to provide individual support in the process of writing the BA paper. This position requires a full academic year commitment.

The successful candidate will be an advanced graduate student in the Social Sciences or Humanities with the ability to advise undergraduate students with diverse disciplinary interests, including History, Anthropology, Economics, Biological Sciences, Public Policy, Art History, and Romance Languages and Literatures among others. Advanced graduate students in the Divinity School with a historical concentration are also encouraged to apply. The graduate preceptor will receive a salary of $7,500 from the College for Academic Year 2015-16.  This position is contingent on funding at the expected levels.


  • Provide preliminary guidance in identifying workable BA Paper topics

  • Coach students in the strategies of approaching a major research project

  • Coach students in identifying and approaching a suitable thesis adviser

  • Guide students as they acquire the techniques of effective research writing


DEADLINE: The deadline for the 2015–16 preceptorship has passed; applications for 2016–17 will be available in early 2016.


  • Download the application guidelines here.

  • Applications should include:




    • CURRENT TRANSCRIPT (unofficial accepted)

  • All applications should be submitted in one single PDF file to Jamie Gentry.


All inquiries should be addressed to Jamie Gentry at the Center for Latin American Studies, Kelly 109A, at 773-702-8420.