Part-time teaching opportunities

As part of its commitment to providing opportunities for research students to gain teaching experience during and immediately following their doctoral studies, the History of Art Department offers a number of Associate Lecturer and Teaching Assistant positions each year, in various subject areas covered by the Department at undergraduate level. These roles are designed to enable research students to contribute to teaching and marking/assessment activities within the Department, within a structure that also offers training and support. These roles are paid at Grade 6 within The Courtauld’s pay scale.

From 2022-23, The Courtauld will introduce a new, semesterised structure to its BA History of Art programme. The new structure will be phased in, starting with the 2022-23 BA1 cohort. The hours listed below reflect these changes.

Teaching Assistant Hours

Teaching Assistant for BA1/Graduate Diploma Foundations (per semester)

Core delivery:

a course taught over two semesters. TAs typically teach on the course for one semester, taking on two groups; in particular cases this may be varied, as illustrated in the pay framework. The TA is responsible for attending two 1-hour lectures per week  (delivered by a team of faculty members) and running one 1.5-hour discussion class per week for ten weeks. TAs mark students’ essays during the semester and exams in the relevant assessment period (January for Semester 1and May/June for Spring 2).

Hourly breakdown (per semester):

1 group 2 groups 3 groups Details
Lecture attendance 22 Attending 2 x 1 hour lectures per week for 11 weeks.
Discussion group attendance 15 15 15 Conducting 1 x 1.5 hour discussion class per week for 10 weeks.
Discussion group preparation 30 Preparing for class based on the lecture and readings.
Summative assessment marking 30 30 30 Marking 2 formally-assessed essays and one exam paper per student up to a max of 15 students per group: 45 minutes per essay; 30 minutes per exam.
Training 14 Teacher training (provide on-site).
Induction and other meetings 3 Pre-course and term-time meetings relating to course delivery
Total hours (per term) 114 159 204

 

Teaching Assistant for BA2 Frameworks (semesters 1 and 2)

Core delivery:

a course taught over two semesters. TAs teach across both semesters; the pay framework is based on this assumption. TAs attend two one-hour lectures per fortnight (delivered by faculty) and deliver one two-hour seminar per fortnight for ten weeks of the semester.

Hourly breakdown (for both semesters):

1 group 2 groups 3 groups Details
Lecture attendance 20 20 x 1-hour lectures across 2 semesters, including intro and revision lectures
Discussion group attendance 20 20 20 10 x 2 hour seminars across 2 semesters
Discussion group preparation 40 2 hours per contact hour, for class preparation, based on lecture and set readings.
Formative assessment marking 33.75 33.75 33.75 3 x 2000 word essays per student up to a max 15 students (45 essays total). 45 mins per essay.
Training 14 Teacher training (provided on-site)
Induction and other meetings 3 Pre-course and term-time meetings relating to course delivery
Total hours per year 130.75 184.5 238.25

 

Associate Lecturer Hours

Associate Lecturer delivering a BA1 Topic course

Core delivery:

teaching an existing course for one semester, comprising one two-hour seminar per week (for ten weeks).

Hourly breakdown (for one semester):

Hours Details
Contact hours 20 Conducting 1 x 2-hour seminar per week for 10 weeks (one of these may be replaced by a closing group or individual tutorial).
Class preparation 40 4 hours preparation per seminar.
Assessment marking 9 Marking 1 formally-assessed assignment per student up to a maximum of 12 students. 45 minutes per assignment.
Feedback to students 12 Holding one scheduled tutorial per student to support the summative assignment; writing end-of-module progress reports (1 hour total per student).
Training 14 Teacher training (provided on-site).
Induction and other meetings 3 Pre-course and term-time meetings relating to course delivery
Set-up time 7 Updating the VLE, producing powerpoints etc.
Total hours 105

 

Associate Lecturer delivering a BA2/Graduate Diploma Constellations Seminar course

Core delivery:

a semester-long course comprising one two-hour seminar per week (for ten weeks). ALs typically teach two groups; in particular cases this may be varied, as illustrated in the pay framework. Attendance at the related BA2 Constellations lecture course (delivered by a faculty member) is included.

Hourly breakdown (for one semester):

1 group 2 groups 4 groups Details
Lecture attendance 30 Attending 2 x 1.5 hour lectures per week for 10 weeks.
Lecture delivery 7 Delivering one lecture per semester
Contact hours (seminars) 20 20 40 Conducting 1 x 2 hour seminar per week for 10 weeks.
Class preparation 40 4 hours preparation per seminar.
Exam preparation 5 Exam setting; attending pre- and post-exam boards.
Exam marking 5 5 10 Marking 10 scripts per group; 30 mins per script.
Formative essay marking 15 15 30 Marking 20 essays per group (2 per student); 45 mins per essay.
Feedback to students 10 10 10 Writing, and giving end-of-term reports. Tutorials in week 12 (1 hour total per student x 10 per group)
Training 14 Teacher training (provided on-site)
Induction and other meetings 3 Pre-course and term-time meetings relating to course delivery
Set-up time 7 Updating Moodle, producing powerpoints etc.
Total hours 156 206 306

 

Associate Lecturer for BA3 Lessons in Critical Interpretation (both semesters)

Core delivery:

a course taught over two semesters. TAs teach across both semesters; the pay framework is based on this assumption. TAs are responsible for attending  two one-hour lectures per fortnight (delivered by faculty) and delivering one two-hour seminar per fortnight for ten weeks of the semester. ALs provide feedback to students on work undertaken during the semester, and also mark the final pieces of summative work during the summer assessment period.

Hourly breakdown (for both semesters):

1 group 2 groups 3 groups Details
Lecture attendance 34 17 x 2 hour lectures across 2 semesters (including intro)
Discussion group attendance 22 22 22 11 x 2 hour seminars across 2 semesters, including 1 session of group tutorials
Discussion group preparation 44 Preparing for class based on lecture/ readings.
Formative assessment marking 11.25 11.25 11.25 First presentation text. 2000 words. 15 students per group. 45 minutes per text.
Co-ordination of student feedback 10 10 10 Co-ordination of written feedback on in-class presentations into a document to be shared with the student. 2 hours per seminar-week.
Training 14 Teacher training (provided on-site).
Induction and other meetings 3 Pre-course and term-time meetings relating to course delivery
Summative assessment marking 15 15 15 Marking 15x presentation texts, 1 hour per student
Student feedback and support 30 1.5 hours per week for 20 weeks
Total hours per year 183.25 241.5 299.75

 

Associate Lecturer delivering a BA3 Special Option course

Core delivery:

teaching an existing course for one semester, comprising two two-hour seminars per week (for ten weeks).

Hourly breakdown (for one semester):

Hours Details
Contact hours 42 Teaching 2 seminars per week for 10 weeks (1 or 2 of these may be replaced by tutorials) plus 1x 2-hour revision class
Class preparation 84 Readings, powerpoints, etc.
Study Trip 15 If undertaken, this replaces 2 seminars. The additional hours are included to account for travel and administration time.
Exam preparation 10 Exam setting; attending pre- and post-exam boards.
Exam marking 10 Marking 20 scripts (2 per student); 30 mins per script.
Essay marking 15 Marking 20 scripts (2 per student); 45 mins per essay for marking.
Feedback to students 10 Oral or e-mail feedback between or after classes; writing end-of-module progress reports (1 hour total per student)
Training 14 Teacher training (provided on-site)
Induction and other meetings 3
Set-up time 7 Updating Moodle, producing powerpoints, attendance etc.
Total hours 210

 

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