Teaching Assistantships

In April, graduats students apply for departmental teaching opprtunities for the upcoming academic year. Students are notified of assignments at the end of spring quarter. Most TA assignments involve leading a weekly discussion section, preparing one or more course lectures, holding office hours and review sessions, and grading. Students are able to rank their choices for assignments, but priority is given to those students who still must complete their GAI (Graduate Aid Initiative) teaching requirements.

Course Internships and Lectureships in the Social Science Division

Interns serve in the College’s Social Sciences Core or Civilization sequences. Interns are apprentices to the faculty in whose course they have been appointed. They are expected to learn from the supervising faculty member how to teach a course in the Core Curriculum to a small number of students in a seminar-style discussion class. Members of the faculty who have interns assigned to them retain full responsibility for all aspects of the course. Interns may be asked to assist the supervising faculty member in certain regards, but their main responsibility is to learn how to teach the course on their own.

Graduate students who have completed internships in SSCD Core courses are eligible to apply for appointment as freestanding lecturers in the sequence in which they interned.

Lecturers have full responsibility for teaching one or more sections of an SSCD Core course in the social sciences or civilization studies for one or more quarters. Within limits established by tradition, faculty consensus, and a syllabus of shared readings, lecturers have discretion to teach the course as they prefer. In order to maintain the intellectual and pedagogical cohesion of the curriculum, lecturers are expected to participate in the meetings of the staff teaching the course to which they have been appointed.

Students apply for course internships and lectureships in the SSCD.

John Dewey Prize Lectureships

Advanced graduate students in the Department of Psychology who are close to completing their dissertation are eligible to apply for a John Dewey Lectureship in the Department of Psychology and the Social Sciences Collegiate Division. This award supports development and presentation of a one-quarter undergraduate course that is relevant to the needs of the Department’s undergraduate curriculum. Up to two lectureships will be awarded. 

Prospective candidates should note that the award is intended to provide experience in teaching undergraduate course material that they may need competence in for future academic employment. They should conceive of the course they propose as an opportunity to engage a class in studying general issues in the field to which their dissertation is meant to contribute.

The Lectureships are announced in mid-November each year. Applications may be obtained from Mimi Maduff in Beecher Hall, B109. The deadline is usually at the end of winter quarter.

University of Chicago Summer Session Courses

Summer Session courses are those with broad, general appeal: for instance, courses that undergraduate students need to fulfill Common Core or major requirements, and that would appeal to students looking to transfer the credit to degree programs at other institutions (such as visiting undergraduates and academically advanced high school students). Course proposals are reviewed by the Psychology Department's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in early October. Courses that meet the departmental curricular needs and standard are then forwarded on to the Graham School for review.