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Part-Time Teaching Opportunities in the Department 2013-14

It is the policy of the School to provide opportunities for part-time teaching to current research students wherever possible. The Department invites all PhD students to apply for undergraduate class teaching. Teaching does not formally constitute part of the Department's PhD training as the Department cannot guarantee the availability of teaching opportunities for all students. However the Department does encourage PhD students to gain teaching experience, especially if they are interested in pursuing an academic career.

Please consult the LSE Undergraduate Course guides| for details of the courses taught. PhD students must have passed their upgrade in order to be eligible for undergraduate teaching. A PhD is required in order to be eligible for teaching masters courses.

Selection of GTAs

The Department is open to receiving applications for part time teaching at any time in the academic year. The selection of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) is based on a joint  decision between the programme directors and the teacher responsible for the course (TRC). This meeting usually takes place in summer term towards the end of May.

The decision is also governed by budgetary restrictions. Applicants should note that preference will be given to students doing the PGCertHE. For more information on this qualification please refer to the LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre. Preference is also given to students from the International History Department over outside applicants.  

Please note that having taught on a particular course one session does not guarantee teaching in the subsequent session. The Department has to strike a balance between returning GTAs and new GTAs. Applicants are asked to note that GTAs who pull out of teaching at the last minute without a compelling reason will not be offered teaching again.

Demand for GTAs varies from year to year in line with staff sabbaticals and unpredictable student take-up on individual courses. In many instances the total number of GTAs required does not become clear until the beginning of the new academic year. Thus, while the Department endeavours to notify all applicants at the end of Summer Term, it may not always be possible to do so. Successful applicants will receive an initial holding letter. Offers will remain provisional until the start of Michaelmas Term.  Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified.

Decisions are primarily made on the recommendations of the TRC for each option and within a number of constraints i.e. first year PhD students are not normally offered teaching to allow them to concentrate on their initial research; and offer to GTAs to teach at Masters level have to have obtained a PhD. The Department has to strike a balance between rewarding experienced and returning GTAs but also giving teaching opportunities to new GTAs.

How to Apply

To apply you need to send an e-mail for the attention of the Department Manager - ih.deptmanager@lse.ac.uk| - detailing which courses you wish to teach, attach a copy of your CV past teaching scores if available. If you have any related references to as regards your teaching feel free to attach.

Teaching Load

In order not to interfere with the student's ability to finish his or her PhD within four years, as a general principle, GTAs in their first year of teaching will usually receive only one class group, while GTAs in their second, third and fourth year will usually receive no more than two class groups. GTAs will be required to mark essays and to hold two office hours per week. GTAs do not usually mark exams. Training/induction for new GTAs will be provided by the School and also at the Department level at the beginning of the new academic year and attendance is mandatory. GTAs are remunerated for attending induction.

Expected Pay

New GTAs are appointed at Band 5 step 18. Returning GTAs get an increment for each year of service in the department i.e. those with one year experience are appointed at step 19, two year's experience are appointed at step 20. GTAs in their final year of the PhD (i.e. the fourth year are appointed at step 21).

In addition, in the Department of International History, those GTAs that have provided a continuous service to the Department for 3 years and have got their PhD, are also invited to mentor new GTAs and are appointed at band 6 step 24.5 should they accept to mentor new GTAs. .

New Guest teachers i.e. those without experience of working in this department but with experience elsewhere start on band 5, step 20, those teaching on master's course or mentoring band 6, step 24.

Present salary scales: click here|

For any queries relating to pay please email hr.pay.info@lse.ac.uk|

Preference is always given to PhD students in the Department.

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