Other Teaching Opportunities

Undergraduates make up roughly thirty-five percent of the student population at the University of Chicago, and that fact has had a marked impact on the kinds of teaching which graduate students are recruited to do. Classes are small, the situations in which graduate students can take an instructional role are very varied, and teaching need not be a constant sideline to the detriment of their own studies. Moreover, the departments and the University have invested considerable effort in training graduate students to teach effectively:

  • The Chicago Teaching Program conducts a series of weekend workshops and forums designed to build skills in lecturing, leading discussions, and focusing writing assignments.
  • The Little Red Schoolhouse is a nationally famous writing program in which graduate students are taught how to deal methodically with the confused prose they will encounter in undergraduate papers, and are then assigned as interns in the Humanities and Social Sciences Core courses of the College. Here they work in a small class with the professor, serving as special writing instructors and learning how to teach courses in which reading, discussion, and short papers are the chief ingredients.
  • Assistantships and Lectureships. Students who have completed M.A. requirements in the Classics Department first work alongside regular faculty as course assistants in beginning Greek and Latin courses and in the ancient history and civilization sequences. As they gain experience and advance to Ph.D. candidacy, they have the opportunity to teach independently in first- and second-year courses on prose texts. Graduate students also have a broad role in the intensive Summer Greek and Latin Program, and in the Continuing Studies program, for which they are encouraged to offer courses of their own design.
  • Athens Assistantship. Every spring quarter, a graduate student is appointed as Assistant for the College's ten-week Study Abroad program in Athens ("Greek Antiquity and its Legacy"), which is regularly staffed by faculty from the Classics Department. The appointee serves as both a course assistant and a resident assistant and as an instructor for a course entitled "Readings in Attic Greek."

At the most advanced level, graduate students are eligible to teach sections of the Humanities core sequence and the Western Civilization sequence. All teaching is recompensed; except for students receiving the largest fellowships, the compensation normally combines a stipend and a substantial tuition remission.