Post-Candidacy Teaching Opportunities

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Preceptors in Social Science Masters Programs

The Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), the Master of Arts Program in Computational Social Sciences (MACSS), and the Committee on International Relations (CIR) rely on preceptors in their master’s degree programs. Preceptors serve for eleven-month appointments. Preceptors guide students in these master’s programs in defining their areas of academic specialization and choosing courses, assist students in selecting faculty sponsors for their thesis, and take an active role in guiding and evaluating research and writing the master’s paper. Applicants should be advanced graduate students, preferably those already admitted to PhD candidacy. The work of preceptors in the master’s programs requires an extensive commitment and consumes a considerable amount of time, with a commensurate annual compensation level. Interested students should contact the director of MAPSS or CIR.

Writing Program

Graduate students may apply to the Writing Program for positions as Writing Interns, Lectors, Writing Tutors, and Graduate Writing Consultants. Required training includes twenty to thirty hours of class preparation and thirty hours of classroom work. This training does not count toward divisional fellowships with a teaching service obligation.

Depending on teaching appointment, there are two different versions of the program: Academic and Professional Writing lectors train in autumn quarter in “Principles of Teaching Writing” (English 50300); College Core tutors, Humanities Core writing interns, art writing interns, and departmental course assistants train in the spring or summer quarter in ‘Pedagogies of Writing” (HUMA 50000). Enrollment in the spring and summer is limited; please contact the Writing Program to determine whether a place will be available in the quarter of choice.

Students should consult with their Director of Graduate Studies regarding appropriate timing for these opportunities and further possibilities for teaching writing for which this training is a preparation.

BA Preceptorships or Graduate Lectureships

The Center for the Study of Gender and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture both require preceptors for fourth year students writing BA theses. In addition, both centers solicit applications from graduate students to teach their own courses or core courses vital to the respective Center’s research focus. More information on these positions is available at: and .

Note: These positions require separate applications from BA Preceptorships or Lectureships awarded through individual departments.