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Graduate Students Teaching as Instructor of Record


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts accepts applications to allow graduate students to teach as instructor of record in courses across the College. Students must have departmental support before submitting an application to the LSA Dean’s Office for review.

Students who are applying to be instructor of record must meet one of the two criteria:

1) Upper-level teaching: A student who has worked with a faculty member to develop a “special topics” course based on their own research or dissertation topic that will help prepare them for the job market, or,

2) Emergency situation: A student who has been identified by the department to fill in for existing courses normally taught by faculty.

Eligibility: Any student who wishes to teach as instructor of record for a course in fall, winter, or Term III must be a PhD candidate and meet the CRLT training requirements. Students must complete an application to be approved by the department and the College prior to teaching.

Deadline: Rolling, but applications should be sent to the College for approval prior to the course being listed.

Application: The application form (see below) and supporting documentation must be sent via email to LSA Graduate Education at

Please Note:  Approval as the instructor of record does not automatically imply approval of the offering of the course itself; other considerations at the department's discretion, including enrollments, may factor into whether the course is offered.

For a more detailed description of the program, please see the links below. You will also find the request form and a timeline for graduate students to help in planning for this opportunity.