RELATIONAL CULTURAL THEORY SPEAKER
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Keynotes • Plenaries • Podcasts
Teaching is a deeply human endeavor, and those who love it bring their full selves to the work. There are highs and lows, frustrations, and joys, and all are experienced within and framed by the relationships and interactions essential to teaching. Through the book Connected Teaching, as well as virtual visits or workshops and training, Dr. Harriet Schwartz enjoys forming connections with faculty and graduate teaching assistants in order to help develop their capacity for applying relational practices to all aspects of teaching, student affairs, and higher education leadership.
*During the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Schwartz is available for virtual events and for scheduling future in-person events.
As the Keynote speaker for our January 2020 part-time lecturer conference, Dr. Schwartz’s delivered a powerful and in some ways prophetic talk. She did not know at the time how well her speech and book, Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education, was preparing us to respond to the unprecedented pedagogical and student engagement challenges COVID-19 would impose on us as educators, and the world in general. The world has changed, and Relational-Cultural Theory, as explained by Dr. Schwartz, offers a powerful tool for adapting and thriving in higher education.
Dr. Schwartz delivered an excellent plenary for our virtual Lilly Conference. Conference participants greatly benefitted from the way Harriet weaved together the ideas surrounding connected teaching in a way that humanized the creation of meaningful learning experiences for their students.
Dr. Schwartz is a uniquely gifted teacher. Her presentations are as engaging as they are complex, integrating Relational Cultural Theory and higher education practice with the perfect combination of clarity and humor. Dr. Schwartz is the ultimate ‘connected teacher.’
Harriet Schwartz delivered virtual keynote presentations for a number of faculty development programs in 2020-21. She presented at a variety of universities including: Rutgers University (Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology), University of British Columbia (Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Scholar Rounds), Simmons University, Lipscomb University, and Tennessee Board of Regents (TN community college and trade school system).
“Connected Teaching: How a Relational Approach Fuels Learning and Builds Faculty Resilience.” – Simmons University Keynote on Excellence in Teaching, Virtual. (2021, May)
“Connected Teaching: Mutuality and Mattering in the Age of Distraction.” Keynote, Connecting with Adult Learners: A Multi-Generational Challenge, Rutgers School of Social Work Part-Time Lecturers Conference, New Brunswick, NJ. (2020, January)
“Finding Voice and Taking Action: A Relational Response to Despair.” Presented at Building Healing Connections: RCT in Our Ailing World, Chicago, IL. (2019, October)
“Connected Teaching: Exploring the Highs and Lows of Teaching Through a Relational Lens.” Presented at Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY. (2019, August)
“Challenging the Myth of Lone Leaders and Individual Achievers: Why Social Context Matters as We Clarify and Pursue Our Dreams.” Presented at Society for Contemporary Craft and Carlow University, in conjunction with Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art exhibit, Pittsburgh, PA. (2015, November)