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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Graduate Students Teaching Stand-Alone Courses

To advance the quality of instruction in our undergraduate programs and to improve the professional mentoring and financial support for graduate students, College policy is that all GRS graduate students who teach CAS courses as the instructors of record will be appointed as Senior Teaching Fellows (STFs) and concurrently as Lecturers.

Such a student will receive the standard GRS Teaching Fellow (TF) stipend for the semester, and will register in and receive a tuition scholarship for the appropriate XX 699 Teaching Fellow course.

This practice has the following advantages:

  • it corrects the prior disincentive and inequity that our most advanced and capable students, assigned to lecturer positions, receive lecturer salaries lower than the TF stipend;
  • it helps to retain experienced student teachers in our own programs, by creating more competitive situations here and reducing students’ financial incentive to accept lecturer positions at other institutions;
  • student lecturers receive closer supervision and mentoring from their faculty through the 699 course process, advancing their professional training and benefiting the undergraduates being instructed. Faculty assigned as the 699 instructors are recognized for their mentoring workload.

For each student STF/Lecturer, the department should forward to the Office of Faculty Actions the following packet:

Deadlines: the STF packets detailed above should be submitted prior to July 1 for the Fall semester and prior to November 1 for the Spring semester.

The GRS financial aid form is not available electronically.

GRS coordinates with the Office of Faculty Actions to make STF/Lecturer appointments. STF/Lecturer positions are allocated on the basis of instructional need, replacing already-budgeted lecturer positions (funding for which contributes to the STF stipend). Specific approval by the Dean’s Office is required in each instance. These STF positions are in addition to the department’s base allocation of TFs for its regular needs for discussion sections and laboratory sections. STF lecturers are generally advanced students who are not themselves taking courses; their tuition requirements are expected to be at the two-credit level.

Updated July 2014