XI.14. Summer Appointments
Depending upon enrollments and available funds, May or Summer Session positions may be available for Graduate Teaching Associates. May and Summer appointments are made by the Chair of the Department in consultation with the Vice Chair and the Director of the Language Programs. Fulltime registration (4 graduate credit hours) is required for Summer Session appointments; registration is not required for May Session appointments.
Assignment of May and Summer Session GTA appointments is based on the following criteria:
- Programmatic and Departmental need (defined in this context as the need to hire particular instructors with the expertise or qualifications necessary to build specific aspects or areas of the language program, or the best instructor to teach specific courses);
- Seniority, according to the following ranked order:
a. Departmental ABDs (those who have presented their prospectus and are writing their dissertation)
b. Departmental post-candidacy students (those who have passed their candidacy exams but have not yet presented their prospectus)
c. Departmental PhD students who have not yet achieved candidacy but who are making regular progress toward their degree
d. Second-year Departmental MA students
Assignments are also dependent upon teaching success, as verified by teaching evaluations and supervisory reports. In addition, the Department needs to meet its contractual obligations, such as those offered to international students as part of their initial appointment for May and summer sessions.. For all other students, May and summer Session appointments are not guaranteed. However, reasonable effort will be made to grant an appointment to ABD students (category [a]) who request one prior to their last year in the program so that they may continue writing their dissertations without seeking outside employment.
Facilitating GTA development as a professional is a top priority of the Department. Coupled with this is the goal of helping instructors in our program be successful candidates for tenure-track positions. Teaching advanced-level courses (3000-level and above as well as GE courses taught in English) is an opportunity offered to the best-prepared students for their enhanced professional preparation. It does not constitute an entitlement, and having taught at the advanced level is not a guarantee that one will continue to teach at that level. GTAs that desire to teach courses at the GE and advanced-level may need to attend course specific training workshops for initial consideration. Decisions regarding assignment of GTAs to GE and advanced-level courses will be made on the basis of the following considerations:
- Departmental need (defined in this context as the persons who are best qualified to teach a particular course on the basis both of academic success in the relevant area(s) and of teaching success as verified by teaching evaluations and supervisory reports, either in the course requested or in other courses).
- Seniority, according to the following rank order:
a) Departmental ABDs (those who have presented their prospectus and are writing their dissertation);
b) Departmental post-candidacy students (those who have passed their candidacy exams but have not yet presented their prospectus);
c) Departmental PhD students who have not yet achieved candidacy but who are making regular progress toward their degree;
d) Second-year Departmental MA students.
- Rotation, the goal of which is to afford as many students as possible the chance to teach advanced courses.
- Assignments of GTAs and lecturers to advanced level courses will be made by the Department Chair, in consultation with the Vice-Chair and course coordinator(s).
All those who wish to request assignment to an advanced-level course should consult with the appropriate course coordinator at least one full semester before the course is to be given. At this time, appropriate arrangements are to be made for the interested GTA to make regular visits to a section of the course taught either by 1) the course coordinator or 2) another faculty member. In order to be considered for an advanced-teaching assignment, GTAs must request it on their Annual Evaluation of Student Progress form, indicating which advanced course(s) they would like to teach, which advanced course(s) they have already taught and when, and, if they are requesting a course for the first time, what measures they have taken (class visits, etc.) to prepare themselves to teach that course. Before making requests, applicants should consult the Master Schedule of Classes for availability of times/courses. Because of limited availability, advanced teaching assignments may not occur in the same semester in which they are requested.
Under exceptional circumstances, GTAs may be offered assignment to a second course beyond the one-course standard load. It will entail approximately 10 hours of additional work per week (four hours in the classroom and six hours grading). The stipend for such a course is 25%, i.e., half of the 50% rate for the first course. As with other special assignments, opportunities for a second course are infrequent and depend on program needs, enrollments, and available budget. A second course during one semester does not guarantee a second course in any subsequent semester. Because of the increased time demands, students should consult closely with their Advisor before requesting a second course. Assignment is made by the Chair in consultation with the student’s Advisor and the course coordinator, and follows the order of preference indicated in section XI.15.