Teaching & Professionalization

Welcome to the central hub for our graduate teaching community in the CSR! This section of the website will be regularly updated throughout the year with links, upcoming events, and all manner of resources designed to help each of us grow as educators. 

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PhD students in the CSR have two peer resources for managing teaching logistics and pursuing pedagogical development:

  • Naohito Miura is a G4 in East Asian Religions and this year's Bok Pedagogy Fellow. Naohito works mainly with first-time teaching fellows but is also happy to work with returning TFs. He conducts teaching observations and provides feedback for individual TFs (by request) as well as offers pedagogical support and guidance on topics related to teaching and professional development for graduate students in the Committee on the Study of Religion. 

  • Kelsey Hanson Woodruff is a G4 in Religion and Society and this year's HDS TF Liaison. Kelsey is a peer resource for questions, concerns, logistics, and general trouble-shooting regarding all aspects of teaching at Harvard. Throughout the year, she will also be updating this "Teaching and Professionalization" section of the CSR website. 

Together, we work together to provide CSR and HDS TFs with resources:

1. The CSR/HDS TF Canvas page: 

The CSR/HDS TF Canvas  site is a space to share resources/best practices for teaching (related to content and delivery) and a space to discuss experiences and raise questions outside of formal workshops and check-ins. It will contain resources on professionalization and preparing for the job market, syllabi, and teaching statement examples as well as links to resources from the Bok Teaching Website, HDS Resources for Online Learning, resources from other departments' pedagogy courses, and more. This will be updated regularly throughout the semester. If you would like access, please be in touch with Kelsey by email. 

2. Workshops and Community Shares:

Our workshops, events, and consultations are open to all of you. We will host workshops throughout the academic year. Topics addressed might include using teaching technology, anti-racist pedagogy and positionality in the classroom, and providing feedback to student writing. 

We will hold scheduled Zoom Check-ins/Community Shares monthly for TFs to ask general questions or to discuss specific pedagogical issues with one another. We are also both available by email to respond to individual questions or schedule alternative times to meet.

We look forward to working alongside you and supporting your development as teachers!

Naohito & Kelsey