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November 13, 2013

International TAs to discuss perspectives on teaching at Purdue

A panel discussion Friday (Nov. 15) by five international PhD students will present their insights into how cultural and institutional factors influence their experiences in teaching at Purdue.

The event, "International Teaching Assistants and Instructors at Purdue University," will begin at 4 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 218. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Confucius Institute at Purdue.

Pamela K. Sari, a TA and representative of APAC, says, "We hope that all attendees will understand better, learn from each other about the professional and social journey that international TAs and instructors take." Planners expect that the discussion will increase understanding among students in general, current and future TAs, Purdue professors and administrators, and other area people with interest in diversity and teaching/learning.

Sari also says, "We aim to further create a supportive environment (including supportive policies) for professional and personal development of these TAs."

For questions about this event, contact apacpurdue@gmail.com. The panelists:

* Franco Lai, from Hong Kong, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology.

* Neha Rana, from India, PhD candidate in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

* Devendra Verma, from India, PhD student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

* Pamela K. Sari, from Indonesia, PhD candidate in the American Studies program.

* Miao Li, from China, PhD student in the Department of Sociology.