Teaching Assistants in the English Department
Students holding teaching assistantships (TAs) who do not have first-year writing program teaching experience must take ENGL 555 during their first year. PhD students take ENGL 555 in the Fall and MA students may take it in the Spring. PhD student TAs must serve as teaching assistants for at least four semesters; MA student TAs will serve for two semesters, with the possibility of reappointment in subsequent semesters. All TAs teach sections of ENGL 160 and 161. PhD student TAs also regularly teach lower-level creative writing workshops, Gen Ed courses such as Understanding Poetry, Intro to Gender, Sexuality, & Literature, etc., and regularly serve as Teaching Assistants for lecture courses. The Graduate College has compiled a guide to teaching at UIC: "Teaching at UIC: A Practical Manual for Instructors and Teaching Assistants."
For more information on the English Department's policies on appointing Teaching Assistants, please see the following documents:
- English Department Guidelines: TA Appointment, Reappointment, and Course Assignments (Box link to downloadable PDF)
- Re: Recommendations to Provost Poser from the UIC GEO-Faculty Taskforce to formulate guidelines for appointments, reappointments and assignments for assistants (Box link to downloadable PDF)