LINGUIST List 10.548

Fri Apr 16 1999

Sum: TA Course Load

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  1. David J. Silva, TA Course Load Summary

Message 1: TA Course Load Summary

Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 12:01:35 -0600
From: David J. Silva <>
Subject: TA Course Load Summary

In response to my administration's request for information regarding
graduate student teaching/research and course loads at other
universities, I posted a message to LINGUIST asking for feedback.
Within 18 hours, I received 23 responses. Many thanks to those who
volunteered information.

Here's a summary, leaving the names of individual schools out of the

My limited sample (n=23) indicates three types of schools:

1. TAs/RAs receive no special treatment; they must be "fully
enrolled" students (however such status is defined). It appears that
in all cases, full-time students take 3 courses per term.
>>> THERE were seven (7) such universities; all are publicly-funded.

2. TAs (and maybe RAs?) must be enrolled as full-time students, but
part of their course load is dedicated to "training" or
"apprenticeship." In these cases, all students registered for 4 (or
3) courses, with TAs getting a course's worth of credit for their
teaching, bringing their "real" course work down to 3 (or 2) courses.
>>> THERE were three (3) such universities, 2 private, 1 public.

3. TAs/RAs can (and generally *do*) enroll in fewer courses than
non-employed students; generally the reduction is one course unit (3-
or 4-credit hours, depending).
>>> THERE were ten (10) such universities, 2 private, 8 public.

There were also three (3) schools for which I could not determine if
there was a difference between employed and non-employed graduate

Again, thanks to those who responded so quickly.

- David J. Silva

David James SILVA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Associate Director, Linguistics Program
The University of Texas at Arlington
Box 19559 - Hammond Hall 403
Arlington, TX 76019-0559 USA

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