Teaching Collective


2016-2017 Teaching Collective

The Teaching Collective was started in 1977 as a means to empower undergraduates in their own education and the education of their peers. Over the years, the students and faculty who constitute the Collective have been responsible for the evolving content and teaching of "Introduction to Feminisms," a heavily-enrolled entry-level Women's Studies course.

It is impossible to overstate the impact of peer-learning and peer-teaching on Women's Studies students. For the members of the Teaching Collective, the opportunity to work with the faculty who relate to them in a non-authoritarian way is an affirming experience. Moreover, because they select the teaching materials for the "Intro" themselves, and facilitate the course to their undergraduate peers, the sense of empowerment they feel cannot be measured in quantitative ways.

The entire selection process is designed and managed by members of the Teaching Collective, with input from the Department Chair. Selection is based on a written application and interviews with members of the current Collective. Final approval by the Department Chair is required.

Students interested in joining the Teaching Collective must be WGS majors or intended majors. Besides meeting the requirements for the major, Collective members must take AWSS 360, AWSS 310 (offfered in Fall), AWSS 320 and AWSS 322Y (offered in Spring). AWSS 322Y satisfies the Internship requirement for the major.