Good points, Lee Ann. I especially appreciate your point about how our
department is especially approachable. The minor field exam is another
good example. I really think we can have an educated, well-thought-out
proposal for them if we collect good information.
A couple of clarifications/responses:
I would love to be able to teach my own section. And perhaps leading a
discussion section would be good preparation for that.
I know when I got an MA at ASU (albeit in a different department), all
grad students, MAs and PhDs, had the opportunity of teaching our own
sections. I taught Public Speaking and Small Group Communication and had
a great experience. I know advanced PhD students could teach upper-level
courses. I think Royce said there were students in the ASU history
department who taught their own sections.
People from other schools, what have you seen?
Lee A Ghajar wrote:
> Hi, Jenny. These are great questions. Just looking at the ideas of TAs teaching 100 level courses, a few other questions come to mind. First, just to clarify--are you talking about teaching discussion sessions or, in fact, the course itself? What's the situation at other schools? And last for the moment, and off the top--I am thinking the budget may kick in here; I wonder if it's less expensive to hire an adjunct than a grad student. Anyone know about that?
> Re changes: We seem to have a ver approachable deparmtent, and when PhD students have worked on particular problems recently--such as sitting in on and informally interviewing prospective professors, and having representatives on the faculty grad committee--the people who made it happen went armed with facts and precedent. So changes are definitely do-able.
> Best, Lee Ann
> p.s. Although Jeremy taught Clio II the semester Paula Petrik was on sabbatical, he wasn't the official professor since it was a grad class and apparently the PhD is requisite for that. Someone else's name filled in the blank.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jenny Reeder <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Friday, October 16, 2009 4:25 pm
> Subject: Some ideas/concerns
>> Hello, friends,
>> In talking with a few of you, I've been able to formulate my
>> about some concerns with our program that I thought I would raise
>> I'd love your feedback--do you have similar concerns? and what do
>> think we can do to make some good changes?
>> How do you all feel about teaching experience? Is it important to
>> Do you feel like we have opportunities here to make ourselves
>> for tenure-track positions after graduation? Do you think we should
>> able to teach lower-level courses, like History 100? Or even
>> that fit our specific interest areas?
>> I'm TAing for History 100 this semester, and the opportunity has
>> me an entirely different view of possibilities (I've been working
>> CHNM for the previous 3 years). While it's kind of a pain to grade,
>> appreciate the experience. Now, though, I want teaching experience.
>> there a reason why we can't teach Western Civ? Or American survey
>> courses? It seems like it would actually save the university money
>> hiring adjuncts, plus provide more support to PhD students, plus
>> make us
>> more marketable for tenure-track positions after graduation. I know
>> of you lead recitations, but aren't there only two of you (Steve &
>> Nona)? Can more people do that? And is anybody (besides Jeremy with
>> 2) teaching? Or can we only teach outside GMU?
>> What say you all?