Graduate Student Pedagogy Seminar

Fall 2023 Graduate Student Pedagogy Seminar

September 9-10, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM both days (lunch provided)

Location: Vershbow Computer Classroom (in Goldfarb Library, top floor)


The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion would like to invite you to participate in a new Graduate Student Pedagogy Seminar this September 9th and 10th (10am - 3pm both days, with lunch provided).

This two-day seminar consists of four workshops in which graduate students will learn how to teach and design courses that are effective, inclusive, engaging, and equity-centered by exploring a range of pedagogical strategies and techniques. Participants will learn how to lead challenging conversations about race and incorporate active learning to create dynamic learning environments that are culturally responsive. Students will be encouraged to think critically about their own teaching practices and to consider new approaches that are grounded in educational research.

The Graduate Student Pedagogy Seminar is open to all graduate students, and all are welcome. Participants will receive a $200 stipend in recognition of their time.

Thank you for your interest, but this seminar is filled to capacity. Please see our Grad Student Pedagogy Workshops for additional learning opportunities and please feel free to reach out to Marty and Chip.

A graphical schedule for this semester's workshop is below:

Graphical schedule of the two-day workshop. Each day will consist of a 10am-12pm session, lunch from 12-1pm, and a 1-3pm session.

This seminar is a collaboration between Dr. Chip Mc Neal (ODEI) and Dr. Marty Samuels (CTL). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to them.

Martin Samuels, Ph.D.

Chip Mc Neal, Ph.D.

Dr. Samuels is the Program Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brandeis University. In the past, he served as the Associate Director for Science at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, where he supported STEM courses across the university to incorporate active learning, inclusive teaching, and other evidence-based pedagogies to improve student learning, motivation, and agency, while making classes more inclusive and reducing opportunity gaps. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies for Harvard’s Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) and Chemical and Physical Biology (CPB) concentrations. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Harvard, and a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.

​​Charles Chip Mc Neal, Ph.D., is the Director of the Office of DEI Education and Learning at Brandeis University. He is an award-winning educator, researcher, civic leader & activist – engaging in transdisciplinary practice across sectors, with a focus on arts, educational equity, social justice, community engagement, and cultural intelligence. Mc Neal consults as an Inclusive Leadership Coach, Equity Advisor, and Integrated Learning Specialist. He guides government agencies, businesses, and school districts and universities on change management, creative collaboration, equitable policies, and arts integration. Dr. Mc Neal has over 30 years of senior leadership experience and flexibly negotiates the intersection between social justice, creativity, technology, and professional learning. A pioneering leader in the field of equity, Dr. McNeal was the first Director of Diversity, Equity and Community for the San Francisco Opera. Dr. Mc Neal holds two bachelor’s degrees – in psychology, and sociology from Excelsior University, and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University. He received his doctorate in Transformative Studies in Education from California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco.