I concur. This is my second year as a TA, and while I find the experience invaluable (getting to see all the drama that goes along with freshman year, I would really enjoy getting my feet wet as an instructor. Even if we could lead discussion groups-that would be a great training exercise. Did GMU loose the discussion portion of the WC 100 classes when they turned them into one semester? O r is that left up to the instructor?
Misha M. Griffith
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of History and Art History
George Mason University
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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 be
> 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, I
> appreciate the experience. Now, though, I want teaching
> experience. Is
> 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 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
> with Clio
> 2) teaching? Or can we only teach outside GMU?
> What say you all?