Research-Informed Teaching and LearningResearch-Informed Teaching and Learning Affinity Group

Missed Connections?: A Study of Academics and Student Employment at Harvard

Tuesday, March 7, 2023: 3:30pm – 4:30pm ET
Longfellow Hall 2nd floor, Eliot Lyman Room, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

In this session, hosted by the Research-Informed Teaching & Learning (RITL) TLC Affinity Group, HGSE Assistant Professor Anthony Abraham Jack will discuss findings from a chapter of his new book project, When Campus Closed: Inside the Upended World of Elite College. He examines how Harvard undergraduates with disparate pre-college experiences differ in their orientations toward seeking employment. In particular, Jack focuses on how these differences affect students’ access to “life of the mind” opportunities that involve working with faculty—e.g., as course assistants, research assistants, or employees of teaching and learning centers. These findings have implications for Harvard faculty who serve as gatekeepers to many “life of the mind” positions in universities and for learning-and-teaching professionals who both support faculty members and directly employ students.

The first 50 attendees will receive copies of Jack’s previous award-winning book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students (Harvard UP, 2019). Following the event, we encourage participants to continue the conversation over food.