Teaching

All PhD candidates enrolled in the ILLC PhD Programme are, as an important part of their doctoral training, given the opportunity to gain teaching experience. The manner in which this is implemented depends on the faculty at which the candidates are appointed.

PhD candidates are not obliged nor advised to take up any teaching activities during the first 6 and the last 6 months of their track.

Faculty of Science

The standard appointment of a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Science is 1 fte over a period of 4 years, which is spent mainly on research and possibly on occasional organisational tasks such as contributing to organising a seminar or workshop. Candidates employed under this standard regime are required to perform teaching duties. As a guideline, they are expected to spend a maximum of 0.2 fte on teaching tasks over the 4-year appointment.

Teaching tasks: Candidates are required to assist with BSc and MSc courses. They may also offer so-called coordinated projects in the Master of Logic (taught in January and June), and they may contribute to supervising individual projects of bachelor or master students, including thesis projects, provided a senior member of staff takes ultimate responsibility for such projects. Note that the need for assistance with a BSc or MSc course will take precedence over any other teaching activities.

Workload of teaching tasks: The workload of different teaching tasks is quantified using a point-based system.

  • Courses are divided into four categories. The category of a course is decided taking into account the input of the teacher, the PhD candidates, and the director of the relevant programme.
    very light TA workload of 8 hours per week during one block 2 points
    lightTA workload of 12 hours per week during one block3 points
    regularTA workload of 16 hours per week during one block4 points
    heavyTA workload of 20 hours per week during one block5 points
  • Coordinated projects in the Master of Logic are assigned points on a case-by-case basis by the MoL director in consultation with the PhD candidate proposing the project, taking as a guideline the categories for courses.
  • Supervision of individual research projects are assigned points at the request of the PhD candidate, with confirmation by the responsible staff member concerning the candidate‚Äôs time investment. Regular supervision tasks (at least 25 hours) corresponds to 1 point, while intensive supervision (at least 60 hours) corresponds to 2 points.

Allocation of TAs: The allocation of teaching assistants to courses at the Faculty of Science is managed by the ILLC's PhD Council. The council makes an inventory of the need for TAs in both BSc and MSc programmes, asks the PhD candidates to sign up for the available TA tasks according to their interests and expertise, and submits a proposal of allocation to the ILLC Management Team.

Keeping track of workload: The ILLC Office keeps track of the teaching tasks each PhD candidate is involved in to ensure a fair distribution of workload. By the end of their appointment, each candidate is expected to have collected around 24 points in teaching tasks. This corresponds to 6 regular courses (1 per semester, excluding the first and last semester of a 4-year PhD track). Note that 24 points is below the bounds of 0.2 fte (which would correspond to around 36 points). In special cases, candidates may be asked to contribute additional points in teaching tasks, if a particular teaching need arises. However, this should not surpass 0.2 fte.


Transition period: As a general guideline, PhD candidates who took part in teaching tasks and organisational activities prior to the point-based teaching system introduced in 2016 will not be expected to spend more than 0.2 fte on these activities over the entire duration of their PhD trajectory, as originally agreed at the beginning of their appointment. By default the ILLC will assume an average teaching load of 8 points for each previous year. Exceptions may apply: should a PhD candidate feel that this does not do justice to their actual past teaching or organisational load, they can contact the director of the PhD Programme to ask for a correction. (Note that fulfilling 24 points in teaching tasks leaves scope for participating in organisational activities in addition to teaching duties without surpassing 0.2 fte overall.)

Faculty of Humanities

The standard appointment of a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities is 0.8 fte, which is spent mainly on research and possibly on occasional organisational tasks such as contributing to organising a seminar or workshop. To gain teaching experience, PhD candidates can request for an additional teaching appointment of 0.2 fte. Whether such requests are granted depends on available funds at the faculty.

Allocation of TAs: Neither the ILLC Office nor the ILLC PhD Council are involved in the allocation of teaching assistants for courses at the Faculty of Humanities. This is arranged via the chair of the department in which a PhD candidate is appointed. Ideally, candidates should discuss with their supervisors teaching options for the next academic year in December. If the supervisor confirms that teaching activities will not delay the completion of the PhD, a request can be made to the chair of the relevant department in January (see the list of departments and their chairs, unfortunately only available in Dutch).

Courses at the Faculty of Science: PhD candidates appointed at the Humanities may sign up as TAs for courses at the Faculty of Science that have practical sessions (so-called werkcolleges). For Science courses that belong to the Master of Logic, the compensation given is as follows: for a 6 EC course over a period of 8 weeks, 0.2 fte; for a 6 EC course over a period of 16 weeks, 0.1 fte; for a 12 EC course over 16 weeks, 0.2 fte. As for Science courses not belonging to the MoL, the appointment will be arranged via the relevant programme, without the ILLC taking part in the arrangement.