The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Week of 3/20: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) Events on “Good-faith Pedagogy” and “Teaching as a BIPOC Grad Student”

TLC Workshop: Grading Politics, Good-faith Pedagogy, and Adjunct Labor

March 22nd, 12:00-1:30pm, on Zoom
Hosted by Molly Bauer and Kristi Riley


Grading is time consuming. For adjuncts in particular, grading often requires an additional investment of uncompensated labor to complete. This scarcity can cause instructors to turn to grading processes that promise efficiency, but may also promote surveillance, punishment, and competition in the classroom. By thinking about grading as a political process, adjuncts can consciously resist these punitive structures. Approaching teaching with a sense of good faith can unlock strategies for creating both generative learning environments and communities of solidarity with students and fellow instructors.


The idea of good-faith pedagogy asserts that both instructors and students enter the classroom with the potential to learn with and from each other. This orientation calls for granting students agency in their learning process, which deepens students’ engagement. By treating the process of grading as a collaborative relationship with students, good-faith pedagogy cultivates the generative potential of evaluation and feedback by building solidarity through transparency and collaboration.


This workshop will discuss the tensions between the ideals of a collaborative learning environment and the reality of adjunct labor. It will also explore how reconsidering the function of grading and restructuring assessment provides opportunities to affirm students’ interests, development, and academic skills. Furthermore, this workshop will provide participants with reflections, guidelines, and tools to make feedback a dialogue rather than unidirectional conversation.



TLC Talk: Teaching as a BIPOC Graduate Student

March 23rd, 12:00-1:30pm, Room 8400
Hosted by Cristine Khan and Chandni Tariq


Teaching as a BIPOC graduate student has its own challenges. From being severely underrepresented in the academy to taking on heavier workloads, BIPOC experiences are distinct from and often more challenging than their white peers. This “TLC Talk” will hold space to reflect on what it means to be a BIPOC graduate student instructor at CUNY in hopes of validating those experiences and establishing better structures of support and mentorship. This event will also take time to share and celebrate victories in the participants’ developing teaching and academic careers. This space is open only to students who identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color. Lunch will be served.