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Humanities PhD candidates get a head start in teaching

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Friday 11 March 2016 4:15pm

Marshall Web

Dr Simone Celine Marshall,
Humanities Professional Postgraduate Training Programme coordinator, Department of English.

An initiative aiming to provide doctoral students in the Humanities with skills and experience in the techniques of large group teaching is most appreciated by both students and their supervising lecturers.

The Humanities Professional Postgraduate Training Programme is coordinated by Dr Simone Celine Marshall, from the Department of English and Linguistics, who helped to create and run a similar course at the University of Sydney. But Dr Marshall says Otago's programme has the advantage of giving participants the chance to actually give lectures.

"It's a very real-world experience for them," says Dr Marshall, who points out that the programme also provides documented evidence of teaching that can be added to a CV.

"The students found it incredibly helpful and supportive, the supervisors were impressed, and many lecturers have said they wished they'd had a similar programme when they were postgrads."

The programme is open to currently-enrolled Humanities PhD students in the middle years of their candidature.

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