Harriet Schwartz was the featured speaker for Scholar Rounds at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. She worked with faculty to discuss connected teaching in the current moment – including the pandemic and the North American focus on racial justice. She also provided the keynote for the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology fall professional development program. She helped faculty consider how to connect with students when shifting to remote teaching and emotional challenges of teaching in the current context.
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.’
Selected Keynote and Invited Presentations
“Connected Teaching: How a Relational Approach Fuels Learning and Builds Faculty Resilience.” Presented at Designing Effective Teaching – Lilly Bethesda, Virtual. (2020, 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)