The centrality of teaching as part of graduate student life cannot be overestimated. There are two dimensions to this: 1) learning to teach and to communicate ideas that form part of the disciplinary tradition of anthropology; and 2) work that is covered by and regulated according to the agreements negotiated between the graduate workers's labor representatives and the university's central administration. This page is exclusively addressed to issues of pedagogical practice and skills development, and provides information on resources that may assist you in this respect.
Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Columbia University offers a range of resources for graduate students, including those just beginning to teach and those presently on the job market. The website’s Resources and Technology page provides resources specific to online teaching, as well as support for using CourseWorks. It also includes resources and guides for inclusive teaching and anti-racist pedagogy. In addition to the online resources provided, the CTL offers workshops, trainings, and other opportunities to reflect upon and improve approaches to teaching throughout the school year. These are listed on the site’s Offerings for Graduate Students page.
The CTL also offers various funding opportunities. Visit the Fellowships and Opportunities for Graduate Students page to learn more about positions as Lead Teaching Fellows, Teaching Observation Fellows, Teaching Assessment Fellows, and others. There is also information about applying for funding to travel to conferences that focus on teaching practices in higher education.
American Anthropological Association: Learn and Teach
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) provides a range of useful resources for both Teaching Assistants and students on its Learn and Teach page. The site includes general information about the field of anthropology, ethics and methods, human rights, anthropological organizations, and internship and fellowship opportunities.
The Society for Cultural Anthropology also hosts resources for teaching, including syllabi suggestions on its Teaching Tools page. Additional resources may also be found on the Society for Political and Legal Anthropology (PoLaR) site's page dedicated to Teaching Resources.
Modern Language Association Style Center
The Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Center has a wide collection of teaching resources and lesson plans. Many of these resources are oriented towards improving students’ writing, addressing an array of topics from research practices and rhetorical techniques to citation formats and grammatical issues. It is also possible to submit your own teaching resources and lesson plans to be published on the website.
The Pedagogy Colloquium, organized by the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, provides fresh insight and new perspectives about teaching, along with practical tips for applying to different teaching positions. The colloquium hosts events and posts blog entries about pertinent topics, including approaches to antiracist pedagogy.
The Columbia Libraries website provides a range of research resources that students may find helpful for particular projects. It also contains important information about the Honor Pledge, found on the Academic Integrity page. Tools for formatting citations are available on the References & Citation Management page. The page also includes a link to the Purdue Writing Lab, which provides guidelines for citations following APA, Chicago, and MLA formatting. It may be useful to direct students to the site prior to the submission of written assignments.
Columbia University Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The Columbia University Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website provides important information for employees of the university, including Teaching Assistants. The site includes a link to the Columbia TA Guide, a training for all Teaching Assistants. It also provides important information about policies surrounding non-discrimination, harassment and gender-based misconduct, romantic and sexual relationships, pay transparency, and accessibility and disability accommodations. Additional information may be found on the pages of this website devoted to 'Equity and Diversity' and 'Rights and Protections.'