Thursday, August 18, 2011

What Are You Teaching This Fall?

I glanced at this NewAPPS thread this afternoon in which people say what courses they are teaching this fall, and what the enrollment caps for those classes are. And now I notice that In Socrates' Wake was getting in on the action. (Although so far there hasn't been much action.)

What stood out to me was this: a lot of people seem to have pretty favorable course loads, and a lot of these people also teach classes that are capped at low, low levels. I'm teaching a large introductory-level lecture-hall class that's capped at 200, an introductory ethics class that's capped at 55, and an upper-division ethics class that's capped at 35. So I guess I'm kind of jealous of the people who are teaching two classes to a total of under 50 students.

--Mr. Zero

16 comments:

Jr TT said...

I have a dreaded 4/4 with 4 preps at a small, religiously affiliated school of the kind that the Leiter petition and counter-petition were focusing on a few years back.

Two of my classes are GEs (intro and ethics), with 30 to 35 students in it. The other two will (a course in the history sequence and one near my AOS) each have only 10 or 12 students, bringing the total up to 90ish.

Anonymous said...

I'm teaching a large introductory-level lecture-hall class that's capped at 200, an introductory ethics class that's capped at 55, and an upper-division ethics class that's capped at 35. So I guess I'm kind of jealous of the people who are teaching two classes to a total of under 50 students.

Are you paid more for teaching larger classes, esp. the 200 capped lecture course?

Most of the adjuncting I do is for courses capped between 25 and 35 students, and those courses are usually full. Even with consistent numbers, though, I find it makes a world of difference whether the students are motivated; so, I'd factor that in, as well.

Anonymous said...

3-3 load. This term, 2 business ethics and 1 social political phil. All capped at 30. Life is good when you teach for a small satellite campus of a big university. Research expectations are low too, though I spend more time doing research, writing and editing than teaching and service combined.

Anonymous said...

I'm an adjunct at a very large community college, and I'm teaching three courses (the cap for adjuncts per term is three):

Two sections of Intro to Philosophy (capped at 24) and one section of Intro to Ethics (capped at 24).

The non-tenure-track term-to-term faculty at my college have 6/6 loads this term. I believe they get health benefits, but I don't know for sure.

Mr. Zero said...

Are you paid more for teaching larger classes, esp. the 200 capped lecture course?

No, but it counts as two courses for the purposes of my 4/4.

Anonymous said...

Instrutor - Decent sized public U

Two Intro Logic - 80-85 students total

Biomedical Ethics - 35 students

Intro to Ethics - 40 students

I usually teach an upper division (and will next semester as well), but it is all lower division for me Fall 2011.

Anonymous said...

I've got two lower-level Ethics classes capped at 60 and two Honors College seminars, in Phil. of Religion and Political Phil., respectively, capped at 20. Also, it's probably worth noting that I have no TAs. I'd imagine having tons of students in lower-level classes would be a lot better with some of that slave labor.

I'm just happy to have a semester in which I have less than 200 students. This coming spring I'll probably have about 220 students between three lower-levels and one upper-level.

Anonymous said...

This is off-topic but: does anyone know the publication schedule for the JFP? (This information was available on the old site but hasn't yet been posted on the new one). I know the October JFP will be published the first week of that month, but I was wondering when they stop receiving submissions for the current summer web ads.

philosophyfactory said...

I'm tenured at a community college..

With a 3 credit course release for being department chair, I'm teaching 3 sections of logic capped at 40 students each and 1 section of ethics capped at 50... I consider 170 students to be a light semester.

My first semester here I had 2 Intro and 3 Ethics sections, each capped at 50 -- 250 students with all new prep was exhausting.

zombie said...

Dag, Zero. That's some harsh labor camp teaching load ya got there.

I have a 1/1 load in this, my first year as a TT asst. prof. I'm teaching Ethics this semester, capped at 35, and I shall not be complaining about my teaching load. When I was an adjunct at a small state U, I used to teach 2/2, capped at 30.

BunnyHugger said...

I teach 4/4; I'm a contingent faculty member. I just about always have two preps. The courses are usually either all intro-level service courses or three of those and one more interesting course. Caps are generally 45.

Ben said...

I'm in the UK, so what's meant by teaching a course might be slightly different, but here's what I have:

One course on Mill's moral and political thought. Capped at 48, but expecting around 27. My job will be two lectures a week, plus I think I'll be taking the three weekly seminars (higher level course, so no TAs). This is a new prep.

Also I'll be contributing a total of six lectures over the semester to team-taught intro courses. Those are the ones with 100-250 students, but lectures are divided between us and all the seminars are taken by TAs.

Finally, I'll be co-teaching a Masters level seminar with one colleague. It's basically just a reading group, with me (on average) having to run it every other week - though I'll try to attend most weeks unless I have a clash (which I do for two of the above lectures).

So my weekly average contact hours are around 6.5 (plus two office hours).

Anonymous said...

Well, I think I have a great load, but it's a VAP, so there you go. 2-2 load, capped at 80, grading assistance provided. 2 of them I have taught before. Wish it was permanent!

Anonymous said...

2 courses. One undergrad course (w/TAs) and one graduate course. I don't know what the numbers are yet, but I know the grad course will be tiny and the undergrad course won't be huge. Next semester I'll be teaching one graduate course. It wasn't always this good. I used to teach 4/4 with courses capped at 55 and would regularly pick up adjunct work to supplement the pittance I was paid by a very swanky private school. I'd have hundreds of students and every once in a while they'd be spread across two campuses. On one campus, my office was a bench in the hallway. On the other, I had an office in what used to be a storeroom. It didn't have a desk or a computer so I had to carry in my own. The door to that office didn't lock so I'd often have to kick kids out who thought (quite reasonably) that that couldn't have been anyone's office they were hanging out in while waiting for class. Life's better now.

Anonymous said...

tenure track at a state university. capped at 200 this semester. Next semester I'm capped at 210. No TAs. All different courses.

Don't get how one can sustain viable research with a large teaching load.

Anonymous said...

Two classes this fall, teaching at a SLAC. One is an upper level seminar, capped at 10. The other is a freshman seminar, capped at 18. The freshman seminar is a gen-ed course with readings from a large number of disciplines, so there will be a great deal of prep for that course. Still, I feel many days like I've won some kind of lottery.