Teaching assistantships are usually available for qualified applicants. The normal assignment for a TA is to grade papers and tutor students. TAs are not lead teachers in any section or course. These duties should require no more than an average of 10 hours a week.
To complete requirements for the M.A., a teaching assistant should expect to remain in residence for at least three semesters. The teaching assistant award is approximately $12,000 for nine months service, and tuition is remitted, but not any fees. The award also includes an additional $1350 for health insurance coverage.
The department may be able to provide support from the Civitas Foundation with a fellowship of up to $20,000 (less in-state tuition) for the best entering student working in ethics and/or political philosophy. The recipient would help support the activities of the Phronesis program in the Honors college.
Applicants wishing to be considered for financial support must submit their application materials by February 14, 2014.
Criteria for Awarding Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships
The Department of Philosophy takes the following evidence into consideration in awarding TA positions and supplemental funding:
- Letters of Recommendation
- Writing Sample
- GRE Scores
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL scores for non-native speakers of English
The primary consideration in funding decisions is whether the applicant shows talent for developing into a philosopher whom we can place in one of the top Ph.D. programs in the country. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in their undergraduate courses, especially those in philosophy. The candidate’s writing sample is very important. It should demonstrate graceful and clear writing, a talent for philosophical analysis, and sophisticated understanding of philosophical issues in the literature. There should be convincing evidence of the applicant’s dedication to work in philosophy. We are also interested in reasons for thinking the candidate would make a good teacher. For applicants whose native language is not English we expect strong TOEFL scores (a total of 100 or better). Furthermore, a score of 25 or better in the speaking portion of the TOEFL is a requirement for being a TA.