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Guidelines for Granting Waivers/Substitutions for the PhD Teaching Requirement

1. Requests for waivers or substitutions for the teaching requirement should be made within the first year of the student’s academic program and no later than the time at which the student’s program is filed. Requests for a waiver or substitution that are made after a program is filed will not ordinarily be granted.

2. Requests for waiver or substitution of one term of the teaching requirement will ordinarily be granted if the student can document that they have had the reasonable equivalent of one term of teaching experience involving group settings and some area of the life sciences (e.g. teaching experience in another department or university). For this purpose, professional seminar and poster presentations will not be considered teaching experience, because it is assumed that all graduate students will have this type of experience.

3. Requests for waiver or substitution for both terms of the teaching requirement will be granted rarely and in only those cases where the student can document comparable teaching experience.

4. The Department reserves the right to refuse to appoint a graduate student to a teaching assistantship.

Approved by the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
on April 26, 1999.