About Us

Founded in the summer of 2020, the Columbia English Department’s Pedagogy Colloquium responds to the exigency generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent shift to emergency remote instruction. Over that summer, a series of teaching initiatives organized in the form of workshops led by English faculty members highlighted the need for resources and support for online teaching, as well as a lively interest in dialogue about pedagogical content. The colloquium also grows out of prior conversations among faculty and graduate students about the importance of having a formalized space for discussing teaching principles, strategies, and needs that are specific to literary studies. To the best of our knowledge, as of fall 2020, we are the only graduate student colloquium dedicated uniquely to pedagogy that is currently active in an Ivy League English department, and we are excited about the possibilities for what such a space can offer for both our home department and our peer institutions.