2021 Graduate Student Teaching Conference

Held annually before the start of the fall semester, the Graduate Student Teaching Conference gives new Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows the opportunity to learn about some of the particularities of teaching BC students and connect with and learn from other graduate students.

Friday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. - 3:15 pm | Virtual (via Zoom)

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Concurrent Sessions #1
  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Plenary: Engaging and Supporting BC Students
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions #2
  • 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions #3
  • 3:15 pm: Conference ends

You can find more information about the plenary and conncurrent sessions below. Register for the conference here.

STEM graduate students TAing in lab courses can participate in the in-person session, Teaching Natural Sciences In The Lab, on Friday, August 27 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 am. Register for this session here.

Accommodation Requests

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

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. 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. In this session, we’ll talk through some typical “challenging” scenarios. We’ll also leave plenty of time for open discussion, questions, and ideas.

This year’s plenary will include a panel of staff from Student Affairs who will share resources available on campus to help you support your students. This will be followed by a panel of faculty, who will share their experiences teaching BC students and strategies to help you get to know your students and teach them effectively.

Experiences of Underrepresented & International Instructors

For instructors who identify as international or as 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 session will begin with a brief presentation, then transition to an open discussion with a panel of experienced graduate instructors. The presentation will focus on some ways instructors from traditionally privileged backgrounds can be in active solidarity with colleagues from underrepresented groups, while the panel discussion will focus on how some graduate student instructors have experimented with creating classroom environments that center the experiences of historically underrepresented students.

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.

Past Conferences

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

Please find workshop materials below

Friday, August 23, 2019, 8:30 - 2:00 | Higgins 300

  • 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Plenary: Engaging BC Students
  • 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions #1
  • 11:50 a.m. Box Lunches & Concurrent Sessions #2
  • 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions #3

Please find workshop materials below

Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:30 - 2:00 | Higgins 300

  • 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Plenary: Engaging BC Students
  • 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions #1
  • 11:50 a.m. Box Lunches & Concurrent Sessions #2
  • 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions #3

Please find workshop materials below

Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:30 - 1:30 | Higgins 300

  • 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Plenary: Engaging BC Students
  • 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions #1
  • 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions #2
  • 12:40 p.m. Lunchtime Sessions

Please find concurrent session materials below.

Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:30 - 1:30 | Fulton 511

  • 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Plenary: Tom Mogan, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
  • 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions #1
  • 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions #2
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime Sessions

Please find concurrent session materials below.