© 2018 by Samuel Ronfard

PHILOSOPHY

My primary goal is to teach students how scientific knowledge is produced so that they can evaluate and communicate such knowledge effectively. To achieve this goal, I focus my teaching, class activities, and assignments on developing students’ capacities (1) to understand the logic behind experiments and statistical tests, (2) to identify underlying assumptions and possible limitations, (3) and to make appropriate inferences given a set of data.

 

My second goal is to develop students’ ability to listen, engage with, and incorporate the viewpoints of other people into their work – a cornerstone of scientific practice. To achieve this goal, I require students to work with different partners I select and lead in class workshops designed to develop students’ discussion skills and their ability to provide kind, specific, and helpful feedback.

AWARDS

2017, Spring         Nominated by the Harvard University Undergraduate Psychology Department for

                               the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award

2017, Spring         George W. Goethals Teaching Prize for Sophomore Tutorial, Harvard University

2017, Spring         Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University

2016, Fall              George W. Goethals Teaching Prize for Sophomore Tutorial, Harvard University

2016, Fall              Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University

2015, Spring         ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize, Harvard University

2015, Spring         Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University

2015, Spring         George W. Goethals Teaching Prize for Sophomore Tutorial

2014, Fall              George W. Goethals Teaching Prize for Sophomore Tutorial

ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize Interview

COURSES TAUGHT

 

Instructor

 

Sophomore Tutorial in Psychology (PSY971: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Harvard College [Syllabus

Applied Data Analysis (S052: 2014), Harvard Graduate School of Education [Syllabus]

English Language Arts and Social Studies (2006 to 2010), Department of Education, New York

Teaching Fellow

Child Rearing, Language, and Culture (H714: 2015), Harvard Graduate School of Education

Developmental Psychology (H250: 2013 and 2014), Harvard Graduate School of Education

Applied Data Analysis (S052: 2013), Harvard Graduate School of Education

Intro to Applied Data Analysis (S040: 2012), Harvard Graduate School of Education