Harvard Teaching Campaign
After a committee reviewing General Education recommended a program-wide section target of 12 students, members of a graduate student campaign aimed at lowering section sizes are reevaluating their priorities.
After a divided discussion on Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council ultimately voted to stand in support of members of a graduate student unionization movement.
Sections for writing intensive courses in the English department now look to include 12 to 15 students—smaller than the 18 or so students targeted in most lecture courses.
Ed School senior lecturer Katherine K. Merseth, faculty director of the graduate-level Teaching Education Program pictured here in a previous lecture, contrasts the new Harvard Teacher Fellows program with Teach For America, a national nonprofit teacher organization made up of recent college graduates.
At the time of delivery, the petition had garnered 2,273 signatures, with 1,103 undergraduates, 685 graduate students, 113 faculty members, and 81 alumni as signatories.
Newly elected members of the Graduate Student Council declared Wednesday night their support for an effort by graduate students to unionize.
A ruling in favor of unionization rights for graduate students at Columbia might prompt interest in a similar movement at Harvard.
At a meeting of the Graduate Student Council on Wednesday, students of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences lamented an unusually high level of uncertainty in their teaching plans for sections as a result of two consecutive snow days this week.
Members of the Harvard Teaching Campaign are hopeful that last semester’s string of departmental endorsements for smaller section size will result in a new policy this semester.
Teaching fellows play an important role in educating Harvard undergraduates, but for many, decades-old problems associated with shopping week, unclear expectations, and time commitments still pervade.