This Week for Grad Students: April 9, 2018

by | Apr 9, 2018

This week, we’re featuring a new professional development event for graduate students featuring alumni who hold teaching positions in the greater New York area. Plus, an upcoming Language Lounge on race, gender, and sexuality in classrooms, and a Teachers Lounge on teaching when marginalized.

Featured Events

Teaching Landscapes: Explore the Transition from Graduate Careers to Faculty Positions

The Center for Teaching and Learning is excited to announce a new professional development event for graduate students, featuring alumni who hold teaching positions at institutions in the greater New York area. “Teaching Landscapes” will help Columbia graduate students explore the transition from graduate careers to faculty positions by hearing directly from recent GSAS alumni who are teaching across a variety of academic institutions (private research university, public university, liberal arts college).

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212


Language Lounge: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Classrooms (Part 2)

We embrace the diverse identities our students bring to the classroom. How then do we work with our students, their genuine motivation to learn a new language, and their enthusiasm to dive into the cultural products enveloped in that language, when their identities are not represented in our textbooks and class materials? Over the course of this two-part conversation for graduate students, we will generate strategies and explore resources that we can use to enhance our students’ experience in the course. Participation in Part 1 is not required to attend this week’s session.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212


Coming Up…

Teachers’ Space @ SEL

Looking for a space to work on your teaching away from home and outside the lab? Join our Teachers’ Space at the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) every other Monday, starting 2/12. Come work in this dedicated space for graduate student and postdoc instructors working on their teaching. On-site support will be offered by CTL staff to address questions about teaching and learning, support you in your role as a TA, and help to connect your teaching experiences to your future roles as an instructor research, and leader. The Teachers’ Space @ SEL will be open from 3p-5p in the Science & Engineering Library (401 Northwest Corner Building), by the front gate, every other Monday.

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Location: Science and Engineering Library, Northwest Corner Building


Digital Literacy in Context: Negotiating Systematic Bias in Teaching

As objects created by humans, a range of systems – from algorithm-driven search engines to long-standing vocabularies and canons – are shaped by cultural biases and can play a large and unrecognized role in both what we teach and how students learn. How do we examine and interrogate these underlying structures of the systems that we rely on as teaching and learning tools? What can we learn and apply to the digital realm from the practices of those negotiating other forms of systemic bias within canons and disciplines?

In this community conversation, open to all Columbia faculty and students, we’ll hear lightning talks from three faculty members working on different areas of systemic bias that affect how we access and process information and then invite all in attendance to engage in a larger question and response session. This session is jointly sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia Libraries, and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Location: The Brown Institute, Pulitzer Hall


Teacher’s Lounge: Teaching When Marginalized

Teachers’ Lounges are series of informal discussions about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. Our conversations often introduce participants to related educational models, research, and theory, and invite dialogue about their pertinence to day to day teaching. Graduate students and new instructors at Columbia are especially welcome, and lunch is available. In Spring 2018, we are focusing on emotions, moods, and attitudes in the classroom. In our final consideration of emotions in the classroom this semester, we’ll focus on situations when an instructor may feel marginalized in particular classroom settings. In what ways might we assess, acknowledge, and even leverage such feelings of marginalization?

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212


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