Graduate Student Teaching Conference

Held annually before the start of the fall semester, the Graduate Student Teaching Conference provides new and continuing Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows at Boston College the opportunity to reflect on their teaching in preparation for the new year. The conference typically includes a plenary and concurrent sessions; lunch is provided. 

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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.

2020 Graduate Student Teaching Conference

Friday, August 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Virtual (via Zoom)

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Opening Plenary: Engaging BC Students
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Panels I
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Break for lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Concurrent Panels II
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III
  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Teaching Natural Sciences in the Lab (STEM participants only)
  • 4:15 p.m. Conference ends

 

Experiences Of BC Teaching Assistants

This open discussion with a panel of experienced TAs will cover the challenges and opportunities of serving as a Teaching Assistant at Boston College, along with practical strategies for managing the responsibilities of your role.

Experiences Of BC Teaching Fellows

This open discussion with a panel of experienced TFs will cover the challenges and opportunities of serving as a Teaching Fellow at Boston College, along with practical strategies for managing the responsibilities of your role.

Experiences Of International And Underrepresented Instructors At BC

For instructors who identify as international or belonging to historically underrepresented groups -- who are navigating a university system in a different culture or who don’t fit their students’ assumptions about who a “typical professor” should be -- the classroom can present unique challenges. In this open discussion with a panel of experienced TAs and TFs who identify as international or underrepresented in various ways, we’ll talk about some of those challenges and share strategies for responding to them.

Teaching As An Ally At BC

This open discussion, with a panel of experienced graduate instructors, will focus on the ways instructors from traditionally privileged backgrounds can create classroom spaces that are more attentive to the needs of historically underrepresented students, with a particular focus on how the current national context (regarding COVID, police brutality, and the up-coming federal election) may be shaping students’ classroom experience. We will also discuss what it means to be an ally to our colleagues from underrepresented groups and how we can help build more just working and learning environments within the academy.

Troubleshooting Challenging Scenarios For Teaching Assistants

As a TA, you may need to respond to unexpected student comments or other behaviors, grade and provide feedback to students, and manage communication with the primary instructor of the course. In this session, we’ll talk through some typical “challenging” scenarios as well as concerns that might be more particular to our socially distanced and remote classes this Fall. We’ll also leave plenty of time for open discussion, questions, and ideas.

Troubleshooting Challenging Scenarios For Teaching Fellows

Even experienced instructors can sometimes be caught off guard by unexpected student comments or other behaviors, whether in person or virtual. In this session, we’ll talk through some typical “challenging” scenarios as well as concerns that might be more particular to our socially distanced and remote classes this Fall. We’ll also leave plenty of time for open discussion, questions, and ideas.

Teaching Natural Sciences In The Lab (STEM Participants Only)

Science Teaching Assistants generally have more opportunities in the laboratory setting for direct contact with individual students than do instructors who teach in a traditional classroom. In this session, we will present a variety of scenarios that a lab TA might encounter and then discuss the options and resources available for managing each situation.

Past Conferences