LINGUIST List 8.470

Sun Apr 6 1997

FYI: Teaching Assistanships Available

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  1. Michael K. Launer, Teaching Assistanships Available

Message 1: Teaching Assistanships Available

Date: Sat, 5 Apr 1997 08:59:22 -0500
From: Michael K. Launer <>
Subject: Teaching Assistanships Available

Dear Colleagues: If you have talented seniors or beginning
graduate students who need funding to continue their education
at the graduate level, would you please have them contact me by
e-mail immediately. FSU has assistantship money to award, and
our current pool of applicants in Slavic (Russian) is pretty
weak. A strong candidate who contacts us immediately will have a
very good shot at financial support. The stipend is not great
(around $7,200), but living expenses are relatively low
here. You can't live on this stipend alone, but people
manage. The student has to pay the equivalent of in-state
tuition (which is ridiculously low-- well under $1000 per
semester), but all other fees are paid, including out of state
tuition waiver. Work commitment is three classes over two
semesters. Extra courses are sometimes available at an extra
stipend. First year classes meet five days per week, second year
meets four days per week. Native speakers may teach higher level
classes, which meet three hours per week.

FSU offers a solid MA level program. Faculty include Richard
Chapple and Nina Efimova (literature), Valentina Pichugina (Old
Russian, etc.), and Michael Launer (modern Russian,
pedagogy). All faculty are tenured or tenure-track. Students can
concentrate in either literature or language/ linguistics, but
not to the exclusion of the other area. Optional minors are
available in linguistics, humanities, international affairs,
business, history, foreign language ed, TESOL, any other
language taught at the university. Thesis writing is encouraged,
but not required. Rigorous comprehensive examinations (10 hrs
written, covering the reading list, plus 2 hours oral) are
required for graduation. Mandatory courses (among 30-32 credit
hours required, depending on thesis/course type selection) are:
History of Russian, Structure of Modern Russian, Stylistics. All
other courses are elective.

Over the years our best alums have gone on to Ph.D. work at a
large variety of schools, including Indiana, Ohio State,
Princeton, Virginia, Washington. Ph.D. work is available only
through the interdisciplinary Humanities Program.

We need to hear from you ASAP.

Thanks. MKL
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