Resources for Teaching Fellows
All first-time Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants, and Course Assistants are required to attend a tailored half-day orientation with sessions about pedagogy, expert bias, academic integrity, Title IX, small group discussions with advanced graduate student teachers, and library resources.
Professor of Biology and Center of Teaching and Learning Director, Dan Perlman, will lead a pedagogy primer. Professor Perlman has explored the world of education through many lenses, having worked with groups from kindergartners and developmentally delayed youngsters to professors—and all ages between. He has won numerous teaching awards during his tenure at Brandeis.
Associate Professor of Biology, Melissa Kosinski-Collins, will lead a session on the expert blind spot. Professor Kosinski-Collins is interested in science education and conducts research concerning retention in STEM and innovative curricular approaches in large introductory classes. She has won numerous teaching awards during her tenure at Brandeis, and will be leading a pedagogy workshop series throughout the 2017-18 academic year.
Be sure to arrive at the Shapiro Campus Center Theater by 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. We will break for snacks in the late morning and orientation will end at 1:45 pm From 1:45 - 2:00 pm you will have the opportunity to complete your I-9 in the hallway outside of the auditorium. At 2:00 pm, you are welcome to join other graduate students across campus at our BBQ Welcome on Chapels Field.
The TF Handbook outlines available resources, describes best practices, and suggests ways to manage your classroom. In addition, it explains all the administrative procedures that TFs need to know.
Title IX Training
All graduate students with teaching duties are required to attend a Title IX educational training that emphasizes their roles as responsible reporters and instructs them on what to do if they witness, or a student discloses to them, an incident of sexual misconduct. This training is mandatory for graduate students to be able to teach at Brandeis. The training is offered near the beginning of every semester, and graduate students are required to attend only once.