COCI Petition Center

Associate Instructor Petition Instructions

Request for Approval of Appointment of Associate Instructors to Teach Upper Division Classes

Graduate students should be appointed to teach upper division courses (numbered 100-199) as an Associate Instructor-Graduate Students (AI) only as part of their professional development. Such students in almost all cases will be in the later stages of their PhD program, and have had experience as a Teaching Assistant or equivalent. Graduate students should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be used to teach upper division courses merely to meet staffing shortages. This rule applies to the summer terms as well as the rest of the academic year.

Appointment of Associate Instructors or AI's for upper division courses must first be approved by the Committee on Courses of Instruction. Requests for approval, in line with the statement above, must contain:

  1. Certification that the student has advanced to candidacy for the PhD degree (or explanation for why an exception to this requirement is appropriate, which should be uploaded below).
  2. Evidence that the student has previous teaching experience (including as a TA), and a summary of student evaluations from this experience. Please upload student evaluations arranged by course offering.
  3. Certification that the student's dissertation advisor/major professor, and the chair of the department offering the course, have approved the request. Upload completed signature page below.
  4. Certification that a faculty member will serve as a mentor to the student, available to provide guidance and feedback. Upload completed signature page below.

Except in exceptional circumstances COCI will not approve more than one request for an AI appointment for a student in each year (academic year and summer sessions). A petition must be submitted for each course and quarter in which you would like to appoint an AI.

AIs should not be used to solve long-term imbalances between enrollment and staffing.

Grading Variance Petition Instructions

Instructions forthcoming.