Last quick thoughts before the weekend.
I'm sure there are many examples of TAs at least leading discussion sections. The questions might be at what academic level that begins: ABD, earlier, prior teaching experience? etcetera.
And maybe it's not a bad idea to circle the wagons a bit and start with Virginia schools. Then, if that's not productive (although I think it will be), look for schools comparable to Mason (I know, I know, we're unique) so the data carries weight in the home field.
Happy weekend everyone, Lee Ann
----- Original Message -----
From: Jenny Reeder <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, October 16, 2009 5:42 pm
Subject: Re: Some ideas/concerns
> Good points, Lee Ann. I especially appreciate your point about how
> department is especially approachable. The minor field exam is
> good example. I really think we can have an educated, well-thought-
> 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),
> grad students, MAs and PhDs, had the opportunity of teaching our
> sections. I taught Public Speaking and Small Group Communication
> and had
> a great experience. I know advanced PhD students could teach upper-
> 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
> >> thoughts
> >> about some concerns with our program that I thought I would
> >> here.
> >> I'd love your feedback--do you have similar concerns? and what
> >> you
> >> think we can do to make some good changes?
> >> How do you all feel about teaching experience? Is it important
> >> you?
> >> Do you feel like we have opportunities here to make ourselves
> >> marketable
> >> for tenure-track positions after graduation? Do you think we
> >> be
> >> able to teach lower-level courses, like History 100? Or even
> >> courses
> >> that fit our specific interest areas?
> >> I'm TAing for History 100 this semester, and the opportunity has
> >> given
> >> me an entirely different view of possibilities (I've been
> >> at
> >> CHNM for the previous 3 years). While it's kind of a pain to
> >> I
> >> appreciate the experience. Now, though, I want teaching
> >> Is
> >> there a reason why we can't teach Western Civ? Or American
> >> courses? It seems like it would actually save the university
> >> from
> >> hiring adjuncts, plus provide more support to PhD students, plus
> >> make us
> >> more marketable for tenure-track positions after graduation. I
> >> some
> >> of you lead recitations, but aren't there only two of you (Steve
> >> Nona)? Can more people do that? And is anybody (besides Jeremy
> >> Clio
> >> 2) teaching? Or can we only teach outside GMU?
> >> What say you all?
> >> Jenny