Graduate Students in the Philosophy Department are required to do a certain minimum amount of teaching in the Humanities Division, with the opportunity to do considerably more. (For more information on the Philosophy Ph.D. Program teaching requirements, please click here.) All teaching beyond the minimum requirement is finanically remunerated.
Humanities Division teaching opportunities include:
Course assistants work with an instructor, generally for courses taught in the College. Specific duties may vary depending on the course, but may include holding office hours, leading discussions, grading papers and exams, or training in pedagogic methods.
Lecturers teach stand alone courses, including elementary language courses, generally in the College. They have full responsibility for their courses, including syllabus design, instruction, test design, grading, and all other record keeping. Having served one or more quarters as a course assistant for a particular civilization or core sequence may be a prerequisite to being appointed to lecturer in that sequence.
In addition to lectureship opportunities that are part of regular departmental curricula, the Division sponsors seven prize seminars (five Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships and two Whiting Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships) a year that give graduate students the opportunity to design their own courses for upper level undergraduates.
Undergraduate tutorials are designed to allow philosophy majors to work intensively on a single topic or text and to improve their oral discussion skills in an intensive discussion-format setting. The Philosophy Department hires a number of advanced graduate students each year to teach stand-alone tutorials on a topic of their choice. A tutorial led by a graduate student is typically related in topic to that graduate student's own research and affords the student an excellent opportunity to hone her ability orally to present and teach material drawn from her dissertation.
Philosophy Department Preceptors
The Philosophy Department employs a number of advanced graduate students each year as preceptors for College students who are writing BA theses. These positions usually require a nine-month commitment and offer doctoral students an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the workings of the undergraduate concentration and to work with individual majors to help improve their philosophical writing skills.
Preceptors in MAPH
The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities hires preceptors for ten month appointments (September 1 through June 15). Applicants should be advanced graduate students, preferably those already admitted to PhD candidacy, from any discipline in the Division of Humanities. MAPH looks for applicants who have the accomplishment, energy, and flexibility to work well with first-year graduate students in MAPH's active multidisciplinary community. Together with the MAPH faculty and staff, each preceptor guides a group of twelve to fourteen students throughout the academic year. Responsibilities include academic advising and program approval, weekly discussion groups and grading in connection with the required MAPH colloquium and core course in autumn quarter, and thesis writing workshops during the winter and spring quarters. Preceptors who teach a winter quarter course through MAPH receive an additional salary at the University's standard lecturer rate. Calls for applications go out at the beginning of April, when application materials are available electronically from the MAPH office. Applications are generally due in mid to late April.
In order to be eligible for consideration as a philosophy preceptor in MAPH, a graduate student must must meet the following three conditions: (1) she must have completed the first five years of the program, (2) she must be in good standing with the Department at the time of submitting the application, and (3) she must be deemed by her dissertation committee to be making adequate progress on her dissertation. There is a three-year limit on how often a graduate student is permitted to work as a preceptor in MAPH.
In order that freshmen in the College receive extensive writing instruction and have ample opportunity to improve their writing skills, each section of each Humanities Common Core course is assigned a Writing Intern. Writing Interns provide a for-credit seminar sequence, Humanities 19100, in which students peer critique each other's work and develop their skills at academic writing and argumentation at the university level. Graduate students in Philosophy typically work as writing interns in any one one of the following three Humanities Core Sequences: Greek Thought and Literature, Human Being and Citizen, or Philosophical Perspectives.