Ryan Ravanpak. Ph.D. Candidate
Philosophy | Teaching and Development
In 2020-2021, I served as a Teaching Development Fellow in the MIT Teaching & Learning Laboratory. In Summer 2021, I served as an Ethics of Technology Teaching Fellow in a program piloted by the Office of Experiential Learning at MIT. In Spring, 2022, I am serving as the Ethical Thinking Instructor for an engineering course on climate and sustainability within the MIT Department of New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET).
As a Teaching Development Fellow, I have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of teachers across a wide variety of disciplines in order support the development of pedagogical resources within the MIT institution and the MIT Department of Philosophy. During this time I developed a system for graduate students to solicit feedback from faculty members and their peers on their teaching and to expose them to a variety of effective and distinctive teaching styles within the humanities and philosophy. I've also created lesson plans that provide graduate students with a variety of finely-targeted and effective teaching strategies for three courses: Philosophy and the Arts, Bioethics (run in conjunction with the MIT Department of STS), and the Ethics of Technology (run in conjunction with the MIT Office of Experiential Learning). I've also organized teaching orientation events and Q&A's for first-time teaching assistants within the MIT Department of Philosophy on subjects pertaining to effective teaching, grading student work, and creating a warm and inclusive space for undergraduate students.
I have taught students primarily at the undergraduate university level 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 piloted by Johns Hopkins University. A list of the courses that I have teaching experience in can be found on my CV.
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 responsibilities to graduate students.