There are several teaching opportunities available for Arts and Sciences
graduate students. The list below provides information on each:
Teaching Assistants (TAs):
Teaching assistants are resident students in the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences who are paid to teach part-time at the university as part of their
Teaching assistants normally have full instructional responsibility in the
recitation or laboratory sections of courses to which they are assigned, or
they grade papers and examinations. International students are not usually
eligible for appointments as teaching assistants in their first year of graduate
work unless they have demonstrated proficiency in spoken English or they
have received training at another American university.
Appointments to these positions are based upon the recommendation of a student's
department chair and are effective for one academic year or one semester, but
are renewable. All newly appointed teaching assistants are expected to attend
the Teaching Assistant Orientation (which will be held in early September) and
Teaching Assistant Workshops (which are held throughout the academic year),
both of which are organized through the university's Center
for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT).
to read the most recent Teaching Assistant Handbook.
Click here for
information regarding the teaching assistant assessment.
For more information on Teaching Assistants at Tufts, graduate students and
visitors to this site should either contact the department they are part of
or the one they are interested in.
Teaching Fellows (TFs):
The Graduate Institute For Teaching (GIFT) offers
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate students the opportunity to get dense
experience in teaching at the university level. The institute is broken into a
series of workshops and co-teaching opportunities. During the workshops, which
occur each summer, Teaching Fellows (TFs) learn about topics such as syllabus
and course design, lesson planning, teaching with technology, and teacher-student
relationships. Following the workshops, institute fellows co-teach a course with
a Tufts faculty member. This co-teaching opportunity is a true collaboration,
with each fellow taking shared responsibility of many facets of the course.
Teaching fellows receive, among other benefits, free tuition for the institute,
a taxable $2,000 stipend, and a transcript notation of a non-credit College of
Special Studies course, "Graduate Institute for Teaching." GIFT works
in collaboration with the University-wide Center for the Enhancement of Teaching
and Learning (CELT) and is generously supported by the Tufts Summer School.
To learn more about GIFT, call 617-627-2515 or e-mail GIFT@tufts.edu.
Graduate Writing Consultants:
The Academic Resource Center
(ARC) at Tufts offers Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate students the
chance to work one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students as Graduate
Writing Consultants. The consultants work with students on a variety of
writing-related assignments and projects, including academic papers, scholarship
applications, personal statements, cover letters, conference papers, senior theses,
master's theses, and doctoral dissertations.
To learn more about the Graduate Writing Consultant program, contact the Academic
Resource Center at 617-627-4329 or e-mail
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts offers Arts, Sciences, and
Engineering graduate students the opportunity to design and teach courses to
"third agers" taking classes at Tufts. In the past, Osher scholars
have taught courses in areas such as Chicano art, Indian classical movement,
e-learning, creative writing, and environmental sustainability.
To learn more about the Osher Scholars program, call 617-627-5885 or e-mail
The Experimental College at Tufts offers Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate
students the opportunity to teach courses as graduate lecturers. Graduate lecturers
develop and teach courses in areas where they have a particular interest and
expertise. Lecturers have typically been in their graduate program for at least a
year and, in the past, have taught courses in areas such as American anarchism,
race car design, psychopathology, and theatre and film. Graduate students who apply
for these teaching positions are put into a pool of visiting lecturers and are
eligible for a salaried appointment.
To learn more about the Graduate Lecturer program, contact the Experimental
College at 617-627-3384 or e-mail