The University has established a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), which will support the development of research students who wish to follow an academic career, including training in teaching skills. As part of CETL, the Faculty runs a Graduate Teaching Scheme, which pairs doctoral students with Faculty mentors to co-lead an undergraduate class. If they choose to participate, students will receive feedback on their teaching from their mentor and may pursue formal teaching certification through CETL.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) will be paired with a college fellow who is teaching first-year students in classes for Elementary Logic, General Philosophy, or Moral Philosophy (which is studied in connection with Mill’s Utilitarianism). Exactly what to expect will vary from college to college: how much of the teaching of the class is done by the TA and how much by the college fellow is ultimately up to the college fellow, though they would certainly be expected to take the TA’s preferences into account. The TA would also mark the work that is done for the class. If it is Logic, that will mean a set of problems for each student for each class. For General and Moral Philosophy it may mean an essay from each student for each class for example.
As a part of the scheme evaluation forms will be distributed to all the undergraduates involved and any feedback received will be communicated to both the TA and college fellow and the in addition to being held on file in the Faculty. The college fellow ought to be in a position to provide a teaching reference for successful TAs for when they go on the philosophy job market.
In order to participate in the Graduate Teaching Scheme students must have either successfully transferred from Probationary Research Student status to full DPhil status or have progressed to the DPhil from the BPhil.