Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching

The Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching are designed to provide faculty in their first years at BC an opportunity to reflect on their teaching in conversation with colleagues from across the university. These informal, lunchtime sessions are held throughout the academic year and focus on a different broad topic or question each month. Faculty are welcome to attend as few or as many of the lunches as they would like.

Spring 2021

Managing the Workload

Thursday, February 18, 3:30-4:30 | via Zoom

The pandemic has only amplified what faculty have long known: good teaching takes time. Preparing engaging class sessions, providing meaningful feedback, meeting with students to talk through questions — it can feel overwhelming trying to meet the needs of our students at the same time we’re trying to meet our other professional and personal obligations. For this month’s Junior Faculty Conversation, we’ll share ideas for making the best use of the time we devote to teaching and discuss strategies for keeping workloads in check.

Register for Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching: Managing the Workload

Teaching to Repair Democracy

Wednesday, March 17, 4:00-5:00 | via Zoom

Following the January 6 storming of the capitol, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a number of think pieces interrogating the role universities should play in our democracy. Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, wrote that “Colleges Share the Blame for the Assault on Democracy”; Brian Rosenberg urged that “never has our commitment to understanding the truth been more vital”; and Beth BcMurtie reflected on the challenge of “Teaching in the Age of Disinformation.” This month’s conversation will invite junior faculty to discuss the role they see their classrooms playing in shaping our democracy and preparing students to be informed participants. We’ll address student resistance, concerns about being seen as “too political,” and how to balance curricular needs with the demands of the current moment.

Register for Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching: Teaching to Repair Democracy

Making Sense of Course Evaluations

Tuesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00 | via Zoom

Course evaluations are meant to be tools to help faculty identify areas for improvement in their teaching. But making sense of what can often feel like contradictory feedback from our students can be a challenge. For this month’s Junior Faculty Conversation on Teaching, we’ll discuss strategies for analyzing the sometimes unclear feedback we get from students and for prioritizing how we choose to respond to it.

Register for Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching: Making Sense of Course Evaluations

Accommodation Requests

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.edu.

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