Given all this talk of people teaching, who do you talk to about taking on some responsibilities like this? I'm looking to do a bit of teaching but my PhD location is postgrad only; I wish to teach undergrad (cos I don't reckon I'm good enough for post grad!)
Hello- where I am there are a few ways to get involved in teaching- the first, which is meant to be the main way, is to ask your supervisors who will then sort something out for you (but sometimes this doesnt work given that sups are often not very interested). The other way was to ask the secretaries or those who book the teaching slots, who are usually better placed to give an idea of what teaching is needed etc. I suppose the other way would be to ask the person who is in charge of what you would like to teach if they need any assistance...hope that helps..
You could also send your CV off to other universities that are close to you (and have an undergrad population) - as well as calling them directly to enquire. Most universities have a list of 'part-timers' they call upon to teach additional units (... and priority usually goes to PhD students if the units are 'theory based').
The best thing is asking your supervisor, director of graduate studies or head of department about teaching opportunities. I know of PhD students who are teaching at Masters level so the fact that your location is postgraduate only is not necessarily a problem. You could also try other universities in your area although in this case I don´t know if it´s better to send a speculative mail or to wait until they specifically open a position. I've also heard of PhD students teaching/tutoring at distance learning or PT institutions such as the Open University.
The field of dentistry, or medical research in the field of dentistry, is an area that will generally require a PhD, or a dentistry degree plus a few years of post-grad professional experience.
PhD students in this area usually get into tutorial or undergrad lab class supervision, that kind of thing. But that can be an interesting experience with which to build your teaching expertise up to the kind of full-blown undergrad or postgrad lectures you may be required to do after you earn your PhD.
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