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2017 Graduate Student Teaching Conference

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.

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Concurrent Session Descriptions

Implementing the 7 Principles: Technology as the Lever

As we continue to be bombarded by new and upgraded technology tools, it is vital to remember to be purposeful in why we choose various tools and how we use them to facilitate student learning. Taking the Seven Principles of Good Teaching Practice in Undergraduate Education as a framework, this session will introduce you to the tools available at BC that can support the 7 principles and provide you with effective strategies to identify and integrate technology into any course.


Identity Matters in the Classroom

As college classrooms welcome an increasingly diverse student body, instructors are faced with the challenge of creating learning environments that give all of our students—no matter their background or identity—the opportunity to succeed. This session will address the factors that can impact student success and discuss strategies for creating inclusive classrooms. We will also touch on the ways our own identities as instructors can matter in the classroom and how we navigate students’ varied reactions to us.



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.

Representing Your Teaching on the Job Market

If you intend to pursue a teaching career in higher education, it is never too soon to start thinking about how you will represent your teaching on the job market. In this session we will talk about the materials that are most often requested by search committees and strategies for showcasing your strengths as an instructor, whether or not you have had much teaching experience.




Teaching Assistant Panel

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

Teaching Fellow Panel

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

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  maximise the shared learning experience.

Preparing for a Teaching Demonstration

As part of the application process for academic jobs, you will likely be asked to give a teaching demonstration. This workshop will include a discussion of what the search committee is hoping to see and concrete strategies for creating and delivering an effective teaching demonstration.


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 also an incredibly important component of the learning process for our students. In this session we’ll share ideas for how to more efficiently manage your grading load while still providing useful guidance to students about their progress.

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.


Experiences of International Instructors Panel

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

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.