GSI Positions

The Department of Political Science offers courses across our curriculum that utilize the expertise of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). We seek first to fill our GSI positions with our own doctoral students. Graduate students outside of the department are considered for positions only if all of the qualified applicants from our program have been placed and open positions remain.

Political Science doctoral students should contact the department for instructions on applying. Final decisions about Winter 2014 GSI assignments are expected to be made at the beginning of December.


Duties, Qualifications, Requirements

Teach a discussion session, grade assignments, hold office hours.

Successful completion of a graduate course in Political Science, previous experience as a GSI with favorable student evaluations, previous experience teaching in Political Science.

To be eligible for appointment, students must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, as determined by their home unit.  Ph.D. students will be limited to ten terms of teaching and master students to four terms of teaching.

All first-term GSI appointments in Political Science will require concurrent enrollment in PS 993.
All GSIs are required to participate in the course evaluation process.  The chair or associate chair will review evaluations of GSIs.  If significant problems are apparent, they will make recommendations for remedying these.  Subsequent appointment as a GSI will depend upon demonstrable effort to improve teaching skills and evidence of progress.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings.  Upon request, any applicant denied employment will receive, within fourteen (14) calendar days, a written explanation of the reasons for denial of employment.  An applicant denied employment may request an in-person interview with the hiring agent to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time. In the event an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agent.

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