Ryan Ravanpak. Ph.D. Candidate.
Philosophy | Teaching and Development.

From 2020-2021, I have served as a Teaching Development Fellow within the MIT Teaching + Learning Laboratory. I have also completed the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program. In the summer, I am serving as a experiential ethics teaching fellow (ethics of technology) in a program piloted by the Office of Experiential Learning at MIT.

As a Teaching Development Fellow, I have supported the creation, development, and preservation of both interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary pedagogical tools, resources, and support systems within the MIT institution and MIT department of philosophy. In order to do this, I have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of teachers across a wide variety of departments within the MIT Humanities and Sciences.

A sample of my projects include the following:

  • Facilitation and development of semesterly peer observation events for the MIT philosophy department. I created a system for graduate students to solicit feedback from both faculty and one another on their teaching and to expose them to a variety of effective and distinctive teaching styles within the humanities and philosophy.

  • Created lesson plans that run parallel to the syllabi for these courses:

These are intended to provide graduate students with a variety of finely-targeted and effective teaching strategies for each corresponding course. They include examples of effectively scaffolded recitation sessions and learning activities.

If you would like to explore these worksheets, please use the links above.

  • Organized teaching orientation events and Q&A's for first-time teaching assistants within the MIT Department of Philosophy. Senior Teaching Assistants and Faculty in the Philosophy Department shared materials and advice on how to teach successfully, grade student work, and create a warm and inclusive space for undergraduate students.

Generally, I have also served as a teaching assistant for the following subjects:

Experiential Ethics (Ethics of Technology)
The Problems of Philosophy
Classics of Western Philosophy
Moral Problems and the Good Life (x2)
Symbolic Logic
Philosophy and the Arts

I have taught students primarily at the undergraduate university level (freshman through senior year at MIT). I also have exposure with teaching high-achieving students at the middle school and high-school level within a program at Seattle University in Washington.

I have been a Guest Lecturer for the following undergraduate-level subjects:

Moral Problems and the Good Life | Famine, Affluence Morality.
Philosophy and the Arts | Behaviorism and Emotional Representation in Music.
Aesthetics | Meaning, Identity, and Value in the Art of Alicja Kwade.

In addition, as a Graduate Student Representative in the MIT Department of Philosophy, I have handled administrative and supportive roles involving the assignment of teaching subjects and sections to graduate students within the program.