Participation of graduate students in the teaching mission of the department will help to develop teaching, presentation, leadership, and interpersonal skills while assisting the department in discharging its teaching responsibilities. All doctoral students who matriculated in September 1998 or later are required to participate under faculty guidance in the teaching mission of the department. This requirement will be satisfied by completing three 0.5 course units of teaching practicum (MEAM 895).
Each 0.5 course unit of teaching practicum will consist of the equivalent of 10 hours of effort per week for one semester. As a part of the preparation for and fulfilling the teaching practicum requirement, the students will attend seminars emphasizing teaching and communication skills; lead recitations; lead tutorials; supervise laboratory experiments; develop instructional laboratories; develop instructional material; and grade homeworks, laboratory reports, and exams. A teaching training seminar typically will be conducted the day before the first day of classes of the fall semester. Attendance is mandatory for all second year students.
As much as possible, the grading aspect of the teaching practicum course will be such as not to exceed 50% of the usual teaching assistant commitment time. Some of the recitations will be supervised, and feedback and comments will be provided to the student by the faculty responsible for the course. At the completion of every 0.5 course unit of teaching practicum, the student will receive a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade and a written evaluation signed by the faculty member responsible for the course. The evaluation will be based on comments of the students taking the course and the impressions of the faculty in charge.