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Graduate student teaching conference

Graduate Student Teaching Conference

2018 Graduate Student Teaching Conference

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

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Concurrent Session Descriptions

Facilitating Classroom Discussions

Classroom discussions are commonly used in higher education, but it is easy for the conversations to be derailed, or the discussions to ‘get out of hand’. This interactive workshop will focus on the strategies that can be employed during a class discussion to help students have the opportunity to maximize the shared learning experience.


Representing Your Teaching in the Non-Academic Job Search

An increasing number of master’s and Ph.D. students are considering alternatives to academic careers even as they consider careers in academia.  In this session, we will discuss some of the basics of the non-academic job search, including how to convert your CV to a powerful resume and how to translate your teaching experience into the competencies employers value most.  You will also learn more the resources the Career Center has to help you achieve your career goals.

Handout: Graduate Worksheet

Handout: Reflecting on Your Career Readiness

Tips for Grading Effectively and Efficiently

Grading is often believed to be one of the least enjoyable parts of our roles as instructors, but it is an incredibly important component of the learning process for our students. In this session, we’ll share ideas for how to more effectively manage your grading load while still providing useful guidance to students about their progress.




Experiences of BC Teaching Assistants Panel

A discussion among Boston College students who have served as Teaching Assistants about the opportunities and challenges of the TA role.

Experiences of BC Teaching Fellows Panel

A discussion among Boston College students who have served as Teaching Fellows about the opportunities and challenges of the TF role.

Gathering and Interpreting Feedback on Your Teaching

Although end-of-semester course evaluations can provide valuable guidance as you think about changes to future classes, they come too late to impact a course in progress. However, there are many simple strategies you can implement on your own to gather feedback during the semester, so you can make positive adjustments as you go. In this session we will review some of these approaches to gathering formative feedback, as well as discuss approaches for interpreting student feedback.



Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress 

Over the last decade the numbers of students arriving on campus with severe psychological problems has steadily increased. This workshop will provide information and skills that will assist TAs and TFs when responding to students who are struggling. Participants will learn: 1) how to recognize students in distress, 2) what instructors can do to support students who are struggling, and 3) where on campus instructors can turn for help when working with a distressed student.

Experiences of International Instructors Panel

A discussion among Boston College international students who have served as instructors about their opportunities, challenges, and experiences.

International Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Resources

Experiences of Underrepresented Instructors Panel 

A discussion among Boston College students who are members of underrepresented groups and have served as instructors about their opportunities, challenges, and experiences.

Teaching Natural Sciences in the Lab

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.

Troubleshooting Challenging Classroom Moments

Even experienced instructors can sometimes be caught off guard by unexpected student comments or other behaviors in the classroom. In this session, we’ll talk through some typical “challenging” scenarios and also leave plenty of time for open discussion, questions, and ideas.