The duties and responsibilities of a graduate instructor (GI) in the department consist of a combination of teaching, training, and departmental services. The basic teaching assignments are two undergraduate level courses per year. The training consists of a one-week orientation workshop conducted prior to the beginning of classes each fall semester by the director of language programs (DLP) and meetings throughout the year. Further training occurs during meetings with the DLP throughout the year.
GIs must also successfully complete SPPT 5999: The Teaching of College-Level Spanish: Theory and Practice. Service includes things such as administrating proficiency tests, working in the tutor lab, and performing other tasks in support of the department’s program of language instruction. All of these activities combined average 20 hours per week over the semester which is equivalent to a 50% appointment. Graduate Instructor benefits include a nine-month stipend, tuition waiver for full-time registration (6-14 credits), and eligibility for health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Plan.
Appointment Eligibility for Graduate Instructors
In order to remain eligible for a graduate instructor appointment, students must make satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and satisfactory performance as an instructor. Please see the Graduate Handbook for more information on program progress. Students with any outstanding incompletes on their degree programs will not receive an instructorship.
If a graduate instructor is discharged, disciplined, or not reappointed, he/she is entitled to a written explanation of the cause, and to avenues of appeal. Graduate instructors should address the following individuals with issues relating to their appointment or grievances:
- the director of language programs
- the director of graduate studies
- the graduate studies committee
- the department chair
Academic year appointments generally run from mid-August until mid-May. Since students are being paid during this time, they are expected to be local and available during the dates of their appointments. Students may be required to attend events at the end of the year (such as the annual evaluations) even after their classes have ended, and should, therefore, be available.
Tutor Lab: 217 Folwell Hall
The departmental tutor lab provides an extremely important service to Spanish and Portuguese students. Students are able to seek help throughout the day, decreasing their reliance on their own instructor’s office hours. Graduate instructors are required, as part of their contract, to work one hour per week in the tutor lab and to hold one office hour per week.
Fulfilling your assigned tutor hours is mandatory and considered part of your teaching responsibilities. If you cannot be present for your tutorial period, arrange in advance for a substitute; if you arrive late, compensate your colleagues appropriately. For emergencies when a substitute cannot be found, please notify the main office immediately.
Mutual Roles and Responsibilities for Faculty and Graduate Students: Guidelines
Graduate Assistant Employment Policy
Graduate Assistant Employment Services