A philosopher on the job market writes in with a question about course size:
A school that may offer me a tenure line position has a 65 student cap for intro courses, and I would be doing all the work (no grad program, no student graders, etc.). It is likely that I would have have to teach 2 such courses at once during either Fall or Spring, in addition to handling an upper-division course. Question: do you have any idea if this cap is reasonable for state schools?
If those of you who are or have been at schools with no graduate program could share how large their classes have been when teaching without assistants (to run discussions and grade), that would be helpful. Please indicate if you’re at a public or private school.
Also welcome are more general thoughts on class size, reports of innovative ways your department has reduced course size, thoughts on how to teach large classes well, and the like.