Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Developing your Teaching Materials for the Job Market


Thursday, August 25, 2022, 10:15am to 11:15am


Harvard Hall

*Part of the Professional Development Track (for experienced TFs)

Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Are you on or near the job market? Enthused or concerned about the prospect of assembling a teaching portfolio or writing a teaching statement, diversity statement, or syllabus? While Harvard hopefully has given you opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your teaching, it is often the case that your career as a TF is shaped by forces beyond your control: that is to say, that you’ve taught in courses, in modalities, and with assignments set by someone else, which may or may not reflect your own personality as an instructor. When you hit the job market, then, it’s natural to feel some anxiety about how to explain who you are as a teacher in a coherent and compelling way. Do you have enough experience? The right kind of experience? The answer, of course, is yes: yes, you do. The challenge is how to organize and communicate that experience in a way that will show a search committee not just what you have done, but also how much you’ve learned from it, and that you are likely to keep developing in the right direction as a colleague. In this workshop you will get hands-on experience developing your teaching materials for the job market.

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Pre-registration is required. Learn more here.