Teaching Relief for Learning Testimonials
Each semester, a selected number of FAS faculty will be eligible for a novel kind of teaching relief: “Teaching Relief for Learning” (TRL). The purpose of a TRL is to allow a faculty member to spend a semester in the classroom on the other side of the desk – as a student. Faculty may take courses related to research and teaching projects, they may use this opportunity to explore new fields or hone new technical skills and knowledge, or they may use the opportunity for pure intellectual exploration. Learn more and apply here.
Below, faculty who participated in TRL shared their thoughts on and experiences of the program.
Margherita Tortora, Spanish and Portuguese
Courses in Film and Media Studies, Anthropology, and History
I was able to attend a marvelous course taught by Prof. Claudia Valeggia that has long caught my eye, Anthropology 230: Evolutionary Biology of Women’s Reproductive Lives. It is a superb course, not only because of the content, but also because of Claudia’s unique teaching skills. Although the topic of the course is very different from the courses I teach for the Spanish Department, I am learning lessons from it that I have already begun to implement in my own classes.
Alan Mikhail, History
Courses in Dutch
A semester of TRL helped me to chart how I could make a more ambitious project a reality. It was so luxurious to have the space to steep myself in language training and a new scholarly literature.
Douglas Rogers, Anthropology
Courses in Biology and Geology
The TRL semester … solved a problem I had encountered in this new research project. Standard triennial leaves are scarce and valuable, and it was hard for me to justify dedicating one of those to just taking basic science classes—I need those semesters away from Yale responsibilities for more intensive archival and interview research. But with the TRL program, I was able to learn some science while still staying engaged with most of my other duties around Yale, and save my next triennial leave to dedicate to fieldwork and writing.
Sybil Alexandrov, Spanish and Portuguese
Aaron Dollar, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Computer Science
Courses in Ecology
It is challenging to find the time to “retrain” when you are at the peak of your career, and relief from teaching provided that opportunity and at just the right time.
Jessica Brantley, English
Courses in Musicology, History, Book History, and Theology
Marion Gehlker, German
Ruth Yeazell, English
Costas Arkolakis, Economics
Courses in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Economics
I […] had the chance to solve a problem for my research that I couldn’t solve earlier by delving into some of the class material, which I wouldn’t have the chance to know unless taking this class.
Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Anthropology
Katie Trumpener, Comparative Literature and English
Shiri Goren, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Courses in Film and Media Studies and Art History
It has been a terrific semester - I enjoyed it tremendously and gained a lot, intellectually and professionally.
Philip Gorski, Sociology
Courses in the School of the Environment and Statistics and Data Science
As the pace of knowledge creation continues to accelerate, it is important the researchers have the opportunity to learn new skills and explore new fields, just as their colleagues in business and the professions do.
John Durham Peters, English and Film and Media Studies
Courses in Latin, Mathematics, and Formal Analysis
[I]t was a wonderful opportunity, and one that made me feel appreciated and valued by and loyal to Yale.
Evangelia Chalioti, Economics
Courses in Management, Computer Science, and Economics
Supriya Gandhi, Religious Studies
Courses in History
Jack Harris, Physics
Courses in Mathematics and Logic
Jill Campbell, English
Courses in Book History, Ethnobotany, and Musicology
Fabian Drixler, History
Courses in Statistics and Computer Science
Laura Wexler, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Courses in Computer Science