Teaching and Research Assistantships
At present, the Department is able to award six TA-ships per year (two per semester) in connection with the online courses we regularly offer. There is also a precedent for using Philosophy TAs each Winter semester and Summer semester to teach online courses. There is furthermore a possibility of teaching Critical Analysis in the Pierre Laclede Honors College. Occasionally, faculty who have received grants or who organize conferences will hire students as their graduate research assistants (GRAs). Finally, when our budget permits, we also employ graduate students as graders for some of our undergraduate classes with high enrollments. Graduate students must teach, assist in, or grade for two courses in a semester in order to qualify as .5 FTE (full time employment). With this status comes a $2500 salary plus full tuition remission for up to 9 hours during a regular semester or 6 hours during a summer semester. (Fees are paid by the student.) The Department tries to distribute these limited resources according to appropriate principles of fairness. Graduate students who are not Missouri residents can qualify for in-state tuition and fees if they teach, assist in, or grade for courses to make up at least .25 FTE (although they will not receive tuition remission with less than .5 FTE). The students with the best academic records receive the TA-ships and the GRA-ships.