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. In Spring, 2022, I am serving as the Ethical Thinking Instructor for 22.S092 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 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 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.
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.