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Course Resources - Teaching

Course Proposals


The Linguistics Department Curriculum Committee must review and approve all courses that are proposed to be created. Once the necessary approvals have been obtained, there is an online eCourse approval system in place that routes the course proposal for approval from the Department Chair, followed by the Registrar, and finally the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate committee holds nine meetings over the course of each academic year with proposal deadlines that fall approximately one month prior to the meeting. The process in its entirety can take up to one year, so please plan accordingly.

To initiate a course proposal

Please contact Alycia Randol to initiate a course proposal and she will provide you with the information that will be needed to submit the course approval.


Teaching and Learning Commons

The Teaching + Learning Commons offers programs and services which create a contiguous, multi-layered network of support that jointly enhance learning and increase academic success.

Programs for faculty include:

  • Syllabus guidance
  • Workshops
  • Teaching consultation
  • Classroom observation
  • Digital learning support
  • and more!

The Teaching + Learning Commons also offers academic support for undergraduate and graduate students.

Syllabus Development

It is strongly recommended that all syllabi contain the following components and statements:

  • Class time, date, location, and final exam time
  • Contact information for you and the instructional team
  • Textbook information
  • Course website/LMS info
  • Course schedule with due dates
  • Learning outcomes
  • Method for assessing learning (e.g. grading categories, weights, and scale)
  • Course specific policies (e.g. academic integrity, email, grade changes)
  • Student resources (e.g. CAPS, CARE, Library, Writing Hub, Campus IT)
  • Pasted-in UCSD Academic Policies (e.g. Accommodations, Academic Integrity, Classroom Behavior, Religious Accommodation, Discrimination and Harassment)

For sample linguistics course syllabi, please contact Alycia Randol.

For additional assistance, the Teaching + Learning Commons also offers syllabus guidance, workshops, and teaching consultation.

Course Materials & Library Resources

Contact Erica Harris (AP&M 3432), the Librarian & Media Manager of the department, for help with:

  • Ordering evaluation copies from the publisher.
  • Ordering desk copies from the publisher.
  • Submitting text adoptions to the bookstore.
  • Helping with ordering custom materials and readers.
  • Putting material on Course Reserve, both at the Language Lab and at Geisel.

More information on library resources.

Learning Management System (LMS) - Canvas

As of Fall 2020, all UC San Diego courses will be transitioned from TritonEd to Canvas.

At UC San Diego Ed Tech manages the LMS systems and can assist you with creating a page for your course and assist you with any questions that you may have about the system.


EdTech manages Zoom and has links to tutorial and trainings:

Standard Zoom technical checklist (including how to use with OWL)

How to use Zoom with Chromebooks


iClickers are the adopted campus standard at UC San Diego and they integrate with Canvas. To receive an instructor kit (including a free iClicker) and personalized training (if desired) please contact ETS.

Field Trips / Domestic travel involving undergraduates

If you would like to hold class off-campus or take students on a field trip, it is required that you submit a Field Operational Planner Form to EH&S Risk Management at least 1 month in advance of the trip.

Exams & Scantrons

Exam Policies

Educational Policies have been set forth by the Academic Senate on midterm examinations, final examinations and religious accommodations. It is important to note that the final examinations schedule is posted to the Schedule of Classes and may not be given at any time before examination week without explicit approval of the EPC.

Grading Exams

Gradescope has been licensed by campus to grade scantron exams and assignments and it has the ability to be integrated with TritonEd and Canvas. Please e-mail Ed Tech for assistance at

  • Scantron forms are available on Gradescope in 30-, 60- or 90-question formats.

Department Resources

The Department has copiers and printers available in rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors to assist with exam printing needs.

Teaching Assistants

Assignment of Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants are assigned to each course by the Director of Graduate Studies. Assignments are based upon course enrollments (which cannot be accurately assessed until after all students have had the opportunity to complete their first and second pass enrollment (typically this ends during Week 9)), faculty preference and graduate student preference. An e-mail notification will be sent out to alert you of your assigned Teaching Assistant. If you need a projected level of support, please contact Christina Knerr Frink.

Do you need additional support for your course? See Instructional Assistant (below) for information about how to hire an undergraduate instructional assistant (IA).

Mandatory Course Enrollment for Teaching Assistants

LIGN 502. Apprentice Teaching of Linguistics: All Teaching Assistants must enroll in a section of LIGN 502 that will be created under the name of the Instructor of Record. The Instructor of Record will need to assign a Pass/No Pass grade at the end of the term on eGrades. If there is not a section created, please contact Alycia Randol for assistance.

Teaching Assistant Training

Every fall quarter, a section of LIGN 500. Teaching Assistant Training will be offered by Prof. Will Styler. As part of this training, he has created a TA Expectations, Goals and Resources page that offers helpful information for both instructors and teaching assistants.

Instructional Assistants (Undergraduate IAs / UGIAs / 195))

An IA (Instructional Assistant) is an undergraduate student that serves as an assistant to a faculty member. Duties as an IA: teaching, leading discussions, grading, formulating exam questions, attend meetings and lectures, and holding office hours.

To qualify, undergraduate students must have:

  • Upper-division standing (at least 90 units)
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • Previously taken the course and received an "A"
  • Registered UC San Diego undergraduate student with fees paid in the quarter of assignment
  • Restrictions:
    • Students may not assist in more than one course per quarter at UC San Diego
    • Students may not assist in the same course more than once for academic credit
    • Students may assist twice as an IA (in different courses)
  • Senate policy information about UGIAs

Administrative Information

  • Staff Contact: Please coordinate with Alycia Randol to hire an IA.
  • Timeline: IAs must be approved by Academic Senate through the ASES system, so the earlier they are selected, the better.
  • Academic credit and grading: IAs must enroll in a section of LIGN 195. Apprentice Teaching assigned to the Instructor of Record of the course they are assisting to obtain academic credit. A P/NP grade must be assigned to the IA by the Instructor of Record at the end of the quarter on the eGrades system.
  • Performance Expectations (sample): Actual duties for a particular course may vary and will be defined by the supervising instructor. Typical duties may include (10 hours per week average):

    - Attend all lectures (in person or via Podcast) (3 hrs/week)
    - Hold 2 office hours a week (2 hrs/week)
    - Grade the Graded Canvas discussions (2 hrs/week)
    - Grading some homework questions (2 hrs/week)
    - Attendance of weekly Instructional Team meeting (1 hr/week)
    - Attendance of IA biweekly IA mentoring meeting (0.5 hr/week)
    - Assistance in responding to ungraded content questions on Canvas

  • Mentoring Plan (sample): The Instructional Apprentice will be mentored both through weekly instructional team meetings, as well as through bi-weekly one-on-one mentorship meetings.  In these meetings, we will assess the IA's progress, address and questions, make any necessary workload adjustments, and discuss the pedagogical reasoning and merits behind recent course activities.  Additionally, the course instructor will be available as needed in person or by email to address any emergent concerns and provide any support necessary.

Grading Policy & Electronic Grades (eGrades)

Grading Policy

Standard grading policy is set forth by the Academic Senate in Part 1: General Regulations (Regulation 500. Grading). There you can find information about assigning grades, incomplete "I" grades, withdrawing and more.

Electronic Grades (eGrades)

eGrades is a secure web-based application that allows instructors to submit or change final grades for the students in their courses. 

Deadline: Grades are due by 11:59 pm the Tuesday following finals week.


Course Evaluations

Course and Professor Evaluations (CAPE) is a student run organization that administers a standardized evaluation of UCSD's undergraduate courses and professors. 

Evaluation period

Monday of Week 9 at 8:00 am through Monday of Finals Week at 8:00 am. Note: Response rate can be viewed during the evaluation period. Please encourage your students to respond!


CAPE results will be made available after final grades are posted. Instructors of Record will receive an e-mail with a link to their individual evaluation results.

Campus Resources


Student Learning Resources

Community and Resource Centers

Classroom Behavior Policy

Course Resources - Administrative

Access to University Systems & Mandatory Trainings

For teaching, the most important UC San Diego systems to have access to are:

There are also several mandatory trainings which all UC San Diego employees are required to complete.

Linguistics Department Overview

Linguistics Majors (B.A.)

Global Concentration

  • Global Concentration - a cluster of courses with an international or global focus that can be added to any linguistics major
    • Students that complete this concentration will have "Global Concentration" annotated on their transcript

Linguistics Minors

Linguistics Graduate Program (Ph.D.)


Course Scheduling

Linguistics (LIGN) Courses

Linguistics Language Program & Heritage Language Program Courses

Classroom Details (pictures, floorplans, maps, features, etc.)


  • Fall quarter: Due the previous February
  • Winter quarter: Due the previous July
  • Spring quarter: Due the previous October

Standard teaching times:

Days of the week Standard teaching times
(Fall, Winter, Spring)
Days of the week Standard teaching times
(Fall, Winter, Spring)
MWF 8–8:50 a.m. TTh 8–9:20 a.m.
MWF 9–9:50 a.m. TTh 9:30–10:50 a.m.
MWF 10–10:50 a.m. TTh 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
MWF 11–11:50 a.m. TTh 12:30–1:50 p.m.
MWF 12–12:50 p.m. TTh 2–3:20 p.m.
MWF 1–1:50 p.m. TTh 3:30–4:50 p.m.
MWF 2–2:50 p.m. TTh 5–6:20 p.m.
MWF 3–3:50 p.m. TTh 6:30–7:50 p.m.
MWF 4–4:50 p.m. TTh 8–9:20 p.m.
MWF 5–5:50 p.m.  
MWF 6–6:50 p.m.  
MWF 7–7:50 p.m.  
MWF 8–8:50 p.m.  
MWF 9–9:50 p.m.  

Undergraduate Student Research & Independent Studies (199s)

Disability (OSD) Accommodations

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is a resource for the campus community, providing information for and about students and dependents with disabilities. The OSD is responsible for determining eligibility for modifications, adjustments and other accommodations due to a disability. A disability is a medical condition, physical or mental health related, that creates limitations in day-to-day functioning for an individual. All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by the OSD.

Accommodations are communicated to faculty through an Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter that is issued by OSD.