This training will be valuable to anyone committed to building excellent working spaces. Whether you are currently working as a graduate teaching assistant, or thinking of attending because of aspirations towards lecturing (or both), we hope to deliver space to think through barriers and challenges, and emerge feeling enabled. The session will be co-produced by you, and us: Dr Sharon Greenwood is in her first lecturing role at the University of Glasgow working away from her disciplinary home of Sociology in the Graduate School of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences. Dr Jo Ferrie teaches methods, quantitative and qualitative, undergraduate and postgraduate and is Deputy Director (Training) for SGSSS. We will talk through our own challenges establishing sufficient space and resources to follow our passions around researching and teaching well. We will introduce some innovations that we have practiced, in order to horizontalize the teacher/student relationship including peer-led tutorials; ethics roundtables; teaching students to write by teaching them to mark essays; and paying and mentoring students for the training they provide for peers. We will use feminist approaches throughout to critically evaluate orthodox approaches to knowledge production, learning and teaching in higher education and as a group, we will consider how hierarchies can be removed, even in structures where you may perceive you have little control.
This session will use different formats including knowledge delivery and knowledge exchange and you will be required to use reflexivity and critically assess your own teaching and research experiences and opportunities, working with others to determine where there is consensus and help others engage with your key contributions.
Delivered by Dr Jo Ferrie and Dr Sharon Greenwood, University of Glasgow