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Summer Teaching

Summer teaching in ICAP is offered to instructors in good standing who express interest based on the following criteria:

  1. Visiting instructors have first priority.

  2. Graduate students have second priority, using the following criteria:

    1. Seniority. The longer students have been in our program, the MORE likely they are to be offered summer teaching.

    2. Previous summer teaching. Students are LESS likely to be offered teaching if they have previously taught in summer. Teaching in any area of the department is considered.

    3. Number of years left in program. Students are MORE likely to get summer teaching if they have only one or two years left in your graduate program.

    4. Incompletes. Students are moved to the bottom of the list if they have one incomplete in a graduate course. Students with more than one incomplete are ineligible.

  3. Lecturers have fourth priority.

Teaching is offered to limited term lecturers only if the available pool of instructors above has been exhausted.

Instructors who fail to follow department and program policies will not be offered summer teaching.


The timeline for 2024 offers is TBD. We expect to make offers beginning Feb 15 and continuing to April 1, 2024. Given that instability in staffing is higher than normal, dates here are subject to change.

  1. Using the criteria, the Academic Program manager ranks those who express interest. Offers are made by the schedule deputy using those rankings. Ties are broken by chance.
  2. Graduate students offered teaching are required to apply for the Summer PRF grant, if they are eligible. Proof of application should be submitted to the Academic Program manager shortly after the grants are announced.
  3. Graduate students who win a Summer PRF will have their offer of summer teaching rescinded.
  4. Anyone offered funding will be able to change their minds and decline summer teaching, no questions asked, until the last day of the Spring 2024 semester, when the teaching roster will be locked so that final preparations can begin for the start of classes.
  5. Extensive teaching resources are already available, and the ICaP (and PW) staff will actively support everyone offered summer teaching.

Teaching in absentia

Please note this policy has been relaxed given the Coronavirus outbreak.

Teaching in absentia is possible in some circumstances:

  1. Students teaching online for Purdue English for the first time are expected to be in residence while they are teaching, whether during the summer or the regular school year.
  2. In the case of experienced online teachers, teaching in absentia, for all or part of any term, requires a strong record of teaching and successful progress towards degree.
  3. Graduate teaching assistants must apply in advance and in writing, explain the need for this request, and include the consent of their major professor. Students will need to complete a request for a “Change of Duty Station” (RLA form), which must be approved by the relevant program director, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate School.
  4. Graduate teaching assistants teaching in absentia are expected to maintain their visibility within the Purdue community, and to commit to high levels of communication with the Department.
  5. Such students must make all necessary arrangements for network access, accommodation of time differences, and account for any other predictable eventualities caused by travel and distance.

Questions? Contact us.