Instructor: Joe Lowndes
In this course, currently dissertating students in the Politics, Culture, and Identity graduate specialization meet regularly with a faculty mentor to learn techniques for successful and contented writing and goal-setting. Students share goals, learn to plan at different timeframes, collectively trouble-shoot and mentor, and celebrate successes. Positive accountability and personal experimentation help produce mature scholarly practice and productivity, and convert common negative feelings about writing into confidence and accomplishment.
This one-credit workshop prepares graduate teaching fellows to teach as instructor of record in undergraduate classes. It aims to provide concrete, practical advice on key aspects of teaching undergraduate classes in literature or film and media: pedagogy; assisting in large lecture classes; managing classes of 40 students; teaching literary or film/media texts; drawing up syllabi; making lesson plans; crafting paper topics. For the first month we will meet in a large group. The group will then be divided into two smaller sections, each of which will meet three times, on alternate weeks, for workshops on syllabi, lesson plans, and paper topics.