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Professors and TA's

theworld8905theworld8905 Registered User Posts: 601 Member
edited July 2006 in New York University
is it true that most of the teachers who actually teach the classes in NYU are TAs (teacher assistants)?
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Replies to: Professors and TA's

  • mattistotlemattistotle Registered User Posts: 1,743 Senior Member
    not at all
  • theworld8905theworld8905 Registered User Posts: 601 Member
    do you have any statistic to prove that my assertion is wrong? Because I am trying to decide if NYU is right for me.
  • kyangkyang Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    Obviously most of the teachers who teach classes are real professors...what kind of a college would NYU be otherwise? However, for certain subject areas, like math (especially freshmen courses) are taught by mainly graduate students. Classes like ConWest and World Cultures include a weekly recitation led by a TA, but main lectures are done by real professors. I'm not sure if there are any statistics out there about this, but it's pretty much common sense.
  • shades_childrenshades_children Registered User Posts: 2,206 Senior Member
    I don't know if there are any hard stats, but in six semesters, I've had exactly one class, Calc III, taught by a grad student. Comparing his efforts with those of my Calc II professor, there really wasn't much difference in the quality of instruction. If anything, the grad student tried harder than the professor. :D

    I think that you'll find that at any institution, from Harvard to your local community college, the quality of instruction varies from professor to professor and TA to TA. Just having the title of "professor" says nothing about that person's ability to teach.
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