Teaching Beyond the Teaching Requirement

Teaching Beyond the Teaching Requirement

Pedagogical training is a vital part of the educational experience of doctoral students. Students matriculating in the Ph.D. program are required to gain teaching experiences in addition to completing course and exam requirements of the program. Students typically focus on their course requirements during the first and second years and fulfill their teaching requirement during the third through fifth years in the program.
The teaching assignments students typically receive in their first five years are reviewed periodically by the department to assure that the teaching experience is of an appropriate nature and quality and takes place at a time such that it sufficiently prepares the students to be competitive on the job market.

Any teaching that students do beyond the requirements of their Division of the Humanities fellowship is a supplemental opportunity. Such teaching opportunities should allow the students to focus on their dissertation work and not impede their progress towards completing the degree. Departments may establish a maximum amount of teaching that doctoral students are permitted to do in an academic year after completion of their teaching requirement.

Students should be in close contact with the faculty to assess the appropriate amount of teaching in a given academic year. These supplemental teaching opportunities should be seen as part of the pedagogical training and not as a primary financial resource.

Teaching After the Division of the Humanities Fellowship Years

All teaching positions are compensated. In addition to the teaching salary, doctoral students beyond their Division of the Humanities fellowship who are not otherwise receiving tuition aid generally receive full tuition aid in the quarter in which they serve in a teaching capacity in the College, the Divisions of the Humanities or Social Sciences, and the Divinity School. Teaching assignments in the professional schools, the Graham School and Laboratory School, in the Biological or Physical Sciences, other institutions (including University of Chicago Charter Schools), or while on exchange status, do not qualify for tuition aid.

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