Feb 23, 2006, 11:07 PM
Post #7 of 7
When I was at UF, those grad students who were starting without teaching experience were given sections of one course to teach, as it had a VERY specific, designed, structured syllabus--and we had to have weekly meetings with a professor who taught in that area of writing/literature to go over lesson plans and grading and whatnot. Those grad students who were starting with teaching under their belts were given higher level writing & lit courses to teach that had more flexibility in the curriculum.
Re: [REliana] TA and teaching experience
For the most part, the TA thing is a training ground. I had the experience of an MFA program that guaranteed the teaching to all grad students, so I never had to worry about the competing thing. Nonetheless--from what I have learned, a lot of schools that don't guarantee it to everyone decide who gets what more on merit (GRE scores, recommendations, sometimes preference/initial interest in admitting the candidate which can even come from what's in manuscript, recommendations, and personal statement) than prior experience.
At least--that's my understanding...