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Teaching Opportunities

Teaching is a fundamental part of a scholarly career, and we take seriously our responsibility to provide our students with the tools and experience they need to become effective teachers. As part of their training, students will serve as Teaching Assistants and/or teach their own classes in the Fall and Spring semesters of their second and third years. First-time teachers receive teaching orientations and workshops offered by the department and the graduate school. The usual teaching assignment in the second year is as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Greek and Roman history sequence (ANCH 0101 and ANCH 0102), although all assignments are made in consultation with the Graduate Group Chair, the Chair of the Department of Classical Studies, and other interested faculty. During this year, TAs are closely mentored by faculty and collaborate extensively with peers in constructing lesson plans, creating productive classroom environments, and troubleshooting any challenges and problems that arise. In some cases, particularly in the third year, a student may serve as TA in another course appropriate to his or her studies. Opportunities also exist to teach courses through Penn’s Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) Program, and during the Summer Session. Faculty and students in the group maintain close and productive ties with the Penn's Center for Teaching and Learning, participating regularly in workshops and other pedagogy-related events.