Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule

New from Cambridge University Press!


Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.

New from Brill!


Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin

Summary Details

Query:   TA Course Load Summary
Author:  David J Silva
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Not Applicable

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

vox: 817-272-5334 * fax: 817-272-2731 * net:

LL Issue: 10.548
Date Posted: 16-Apr-1999
Original Query: Read original query


Sums main page