Colloquia, Seminars, & Events

Details on previous years colloquia, workshops and events can be found below.

Faculty Colloquium on Teaching and Learning

Beginning in 2005, the Christensen Center has developed and hosted an annual fall Faculty Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. The colloquium is designed to serve as a forum for exploring teaching-related topics of particular salience and interest to HBS faculty members, and it serves as a pedagogical counterpart to the spring Faculty Research Symposium hosted annually by the Division of Research and Faculty Development.

Topics for the colloquium are identified through on-going interactions with HBS faculty members. The Christensen Center engages in an extensive research effort in preparing each colloquium, typically involving interviews with HBS faculty, students, and administrators, consultations with outside experts, and review of relevant literature on the topic. Active discussion and debate among the faculty are encouraged during the colloquium sessions, and the Center looks for opportunities to continue the exploration of colloquium topics throughout the remainder of the academic year and beyond.

Faculty Workshops

Throughout the academic year the Christensen Center hosts workshops and seminars open to all HBS Faculty on topics related to teaching. Many workshops continue the discussion begun in our annual fall Faculty Colloquium on Teaching and Learning.

2010 Faculty Colloquium: The Role of Gender in Teaching and Learning

Oct 28, 2010

The sixth annual Faculty Colloquium was attended by seventy-five faculty members, who gathered to discuss ways in which gender affects teaching and learning at HBS.

The first session, led by Professor Robin Ely, Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, focused on the specific experiences of faculty members in which gender had an impact on a teaching or learning. Clayton Rose, Professor of Management Practice in the General Management unit, moderated the second session, which featured a panel of five female MBA students. The students spoke about their experiences both within the MBA classroom and in the larger HBS community, and responded to questions from the faculty. HBS Faculty can access materials through our secure Share Site.

2009 Faculty Colloquium: Making the Most of Student Evaluations

Nov 17, 2009

The fifth annual Faculty Colloquium focused on making the most of student evaluations. The session explored important questions such as: what role should student feedback play within the HBS learning model? How reliable are student evaluations of teaching? What are the risks and rewards of using student evaluations for teaching development-for yourself and within mentoring relationships? Willis Emmons, Director of the Christensen Center, led a discussion on "Professor Jackson and the Tale of Two Sections"—a case developed specifically for the colloquium. The colloquium also gave an overview to the student evaluation analysis service which the center offers for faculty.

Workshop: Managing Challenging Situations in the Classroom

April 14, 2009

As a follow-up to the fall 2008 Faculty Colloquium, the Christensen Center hosted a workshop on Managing Challenging Situations in the Classroom. The workshop primarily utilized role play to explore strategies for addressing a range of challenging situations in the classroom. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

Participation Tracking Workshop

Jan 8, 2009

In preparation for the winter term we hosted our participation tracking workshop to share strategies and explore alternative approaches. The workshop also features a review of the Center sponsored participation tracking tool. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

Grading Workshop

Dec 16, 2008

The session featured caselets exploring alternative approaches for grading class participation (e.g. weighting quality vs. frequency), combining grades for class participation and written work, and managing challenges of the fixed curve (e.g. assigning final grades to students clustered at the boundary between grade categories). HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

2008 Faculty Colloquium: Challenging Situations

Nov 18, 2008

The fourth annual Faculty Colloquium focused on challenging situations in the MBA classroom. It featured a discussion of a new case produced by the center and a presentation on best practices and approaches for responding to difficult, and often unexpected, dilemmas or provocations.

Participation Tracking Workshop

Sep 4, 2008

In preparation for the fall term we hosted our participation tracking workshop to share strategies and explore alternative approaches. The workshop also features a review of the Center sponsored participation tracking tool.

Workshop on EC Teaching: Challenges and Strategies

Dec 10, 2007

This workshop was created in response to faculty looking to discuss the differences between RC and EC teaching. EC faculty face different student expectations, an early-term "shopping period," cross registrants, the absence of a section culture/infrastructure, and a lack of formal feedback mechanisms. All of these differences, plus the absence of teaching groups to share insights and perspectives, makes the shift to EC teaching a challenge for many faculty members. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

2007 Faculty Colloquium: Teaching Groups

Oct 16, 2007

The third annual Faculty Colloquium focused on teaching groups. Professor David Garvin led a case discussion in the first session, featuring "Have a Good Class Tomorrow"—a case developed by the Christensen Center specifically for the colloquium. The second session featured a presentation on best practices associated with teaching groups by Willis Emmons, including data gained from faculty interviews and anonymous poll results. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

Faculty Workshop on Difficult Conversations with Students

March 26 & 29, 2007

This workshop was created in response to faculty interest following our fall 2007 Colloquium on Grading and Feedback. The workshop focused on strategies for approaching office-hour conversations on class participation, midterm and final exam performance, and other topics. HBS Professor Tom DeLong and Senior Triad Consultant Jeffrey Kerr facilitated the workshop and highlighted best practices for effective communication with students. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

2006 Colloquium: Grading and Feedback

Oct. 16, 2006

The second annual Faculty Colloquium focused on grading and feedback in the MBA program. The colloquium began with greetings from Dean Light followed by a brief presentation of video clips of HBS student perspectives on grading and feedback. Professor David Garvin led a discussion of "How am I Doing?"—a caselet developed by the Christensen Center specifically for the colloquium. The second part explored challenges and best practices in grading and feedback through a presentation and discussion led by Director Willis Emmons. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.

2005 Colloquium: Executive Education

Oct. 31, 2005

The Christensen Center's first Faculty Colloquium on Teaching and Learning took place on October 31, 2005. The event, a joint venture with HBS's Executive Education group, explored the challenges and innovations associated with executive teaching at the school. After a welcome from Dean Light, Professor David Garvin led a presentation and discussion of teaching challenges inherent in transitioning from the MBA classroom to the executive education environment. This session included perspectives of executive education participants drawn from videotaped interviews. The second half of the colloquium examined innovations in executive teaching, materials, and programs through a presentation and panel discussion led by Director Willis Emmons. Panelists included Professors David Garvin, Jim Heskett, Bob Kaplan, and Michael Rukstad. Over 50 members of the HBS faculty and senior staff took part in the colloquium. HBS Faculty can access presentations and handouts through our secure Share Site.