The Philosophy Graduate Student Association has sponsored several workshops on best practices in the classroom for GTAs
The Philosophy Graduate Student Association has sponsored several workshops on best practices in the classroom for GTAs:
The first was a discussion-based workshop with Donna Braquet of UT Libraries, then the Director of UT's Pride Center. She joined us to discuss university policy concerning LGBT+ students, as well as the availability of campus resources in this area. After a brief discussion on these resources as well as the relative need for them on our campus, they discussed applied classroom concerns involving preferred pronoun usage for transgender students, and other ways to more substantively contribute to inclusive atmospheres in philosophy classrooms specifically.
In another PGSA-sponsored workshop, Adam Cureton discussed issues surrounding classroom accessibility for students with disabilities. Adam described a social model of conceiving of disability, as well as some of the basic policy ins and outs, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and UT's own accommodation policies. Discussion then turned to classroom practices involving accommodation, communication, confidentiality issues, and universal design for class materials (including syllabi, handouts, lecture slides, etc.)
These specialized events are in addition to a regular presentation series (usually meeting once a month) of graduate student research, as well as intermittent study and reading groups. Each event in our presentation series consisted of a 25-minute paper presentation, a brief commentary period, and an open Q&A.