Teaching

  • In terms of being a teaching fellow for Harvard courses, the Derek Bok center is our main resource for questions of pedagogy. 

 

  • See also the Harvard Writing Center, which has great resources for teaching writing and argumentation. Familiarizing yourself with their resources is a very good idea - you can do things like send students there for more focused help on building an essay, for example. Many of the undergraduate houses also have dedicated  'writing tutors,' and you can definitely recommend to your students that they seek this person out.

 

  • As a general tip, once you have been TF-ing for a while, consider asking the professor of the class if you could do one of the lectures. Lecturing is a skill that will be very valuable on the job market, and the more practice you can get the better. Professors may not suggest this, but they may be amenable if you ask!
    • Have it taped by the Bok Center - videos of teaching are becoming more and more common as components of job applications and teaching dossiers. Get feedback from the professor afterward about how it went!
    • The Derek Bok Center, as well as many other institutions, have excellent resources to help you as you learn to build a good lecture!

 

  • Consider asking if you can visit a fellow TF's section (ideally, one who is teaching the same course). This can be so informative, and is a much lower pressure way to engage pedagogical question than having your section taped by the Bok Centre, if that stresses you out!

 

  • Harvard's system does not really allow for graduate students to teach their own classes (unless it is a tutorial. And one day, fingers crossed, we are going to make this happen in VES for both practice and studies!). However, you can apply to teach your own class during the J-Term or, in a recent development, the Summer period. If you have time to do this, it would make for great support on the job market!

 

  • You can also apply to teach as an adjunct (traditionally, when you are ABD) at any number of institutions in the area. Tufts, Emerson, Boston University, etc. This kind of work is very time consuming, but again, wouldn't hurt at all on the job market if you do end up with time to do this. 

 

General Links

A collection of great looking teaching resources on Jonathan Sterne's webpage.