Most incoming graduate students are fully or mostly supported by Indiana University fellowships and instructorships. Stipends vary from year to year. In 2017-18, we awarded a combination of assistant instructorships and fellowships by the Institute of German Studies, or other fellowships, amounting to approximately $21,000 for each of the first five years. These awards also include fee remissions and health insurance. The large majority of our financial offers are multiyear packages that cover the entire period of study of our students, from the first year until the Ph.D. is awarded (when needed, beyond seven years—so long as adequate progress is made).
Associate instructorships (AI positions)
At Indiana University teaching assistants are termed associate instructors (AIs), reflecting the fact that they enjoy certain faculty privileges. Our department generally has about 20 full positions, nearly all of which are regularly held by graduate students in Germanic Studies.
Associate instructor experience is considered an integral part of graduate education. One year of teaching is required for the Ph.D., even for candidates not in need of financial support.
New AIs participate in a week of pre-training conducted by our language coordinator prior to the fall semester. In-service training follows, ordinarily with the beginning undergraduate German language-skills course sequence, G100-G250. With the acquisition of classroom experience and the completion of G500 (College German Teaching), AIs may be assigned to more advanced language skills courses. AI internships with faculty members in undergraduate literature, film, and culture courses are possible for experienced doctoral students.
- Full-time status
Associate instructors (AIs) enroll in an average of nine hours per semester. Courses should contribute to a coherent academic program, and at least six hours each semester are normally taken in Germanic Studies.
- Teaching load
Most AIs teach in multiple-section courses. Syllabi, staff meetings, handouts, and tests are organized by the course chair. In these courses the standard year’s teaching load is three 4-hour sections for first-year German, or three 3-hour sections for second-year. AIs normally prepare just one course per semester, which means three or four class preparations per week. More advanced AIs may teach two 3-hour sections of third-year German per year. Other assignments are also possible.
- Class size
Classes vary in size depending on the course and the availability of staff. AIs are likely to teach between 18 and 23 students per class.
A standard AI appointment carries a stipend of approximately $15,000 and a fee remission for a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester. If a student receives a fee remission for both semesters of an academic year, a fee remission for the following summer sessions is also provided for a maximum of 6 credit hours. The value of a full (30-credit-hour) remission for out-of-state students often exceeds $14,000. All associate instructors are required to pay mandatory fees and an unremittable charge per credit hour of course work.
Fellows and AIs are full-time graduate students. Continuing degree candidates in Germanic Studies can expect reappointment as AIs if their progress towards the degree and their performance as instructors (if they are former AIs) are judged by the department to be satisfactory.
In general, M.A. and M.A.T. students are eligible for a total of four semesters of full support from the department. (Dual M.A. degree candidates in German and another department may have reduced eligibility.) Students completing the M.A. degree in Germanic Studies who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program are eligible for eight further semesters of full support. Students with an M.A. admitted from outside the department directly into the Ph.D. program are eligible for nine semesters of full support, and when necessary, we have usually been able to further extend support until completion of the Ph.D.
For all graduate students, a one-year fellowship awarded by the Institute of German Studies counts as only one semester of full support from the department, as does an Indiana University exchange fellowship with a German university. Further policies apply.
- Summer appointments
We also offer additional support in the form of summer teaching appointments. These do not figure in the support limits given above. Among these positions are two AI-ships regularly given for the department’s intermediate-level undergraduate summer program in Graz, Austria, which are awarded by application.