Oxford DPhil Programme in Management Studies
At Saïd Business School, depending on your subject, there are opportunities to work as a teaching assistant on the MBA and EMBA degree programmes, as well as on some of the executive education programmes. Areas in which teaching opportunities are available include finance, marketing, organisational behaviour and strategy, entrepreneurship, and international business. We work with the Department of Educational Studies to run a regular DPhil teaching day, although most of what you learn about teaching will come from acting as an apprentice. You observe how the faculty member you work with prepares lectures, engages students with the topic, and keeps them motivated and interested throughout the sessions. You are likely to be involved with preparing materials, answering questions from students, and marking assignments.
You may also want to try your hand at tutoring or lecturing to undergraduates through your college. The tutorial is an important feature of teaching at the University of Oxford, and is the model on which your individual meetings with your supervisor are likely to be based. Learning to question, draw out arguments, and present different points of view is invaluable practice not only for teaching, but in developing your own research.
I have enjoyed being a teaching assistant for the MBA and EMBA module, Strategy and Innovation, jointly taught by my supervisor, Professor Marc Ventresca, and Professor Teppo Felin. The module is about how new markets are created, how technology develops, and how entrepreneurs and incumbent firms can organise for innovation. As a TA, I marked more than a hundred versions of each practical task, as well as the final exams and group projects. For a whole term I never saw the surface of my desk! I also had eight tutorial sessions with an undergraduate student for an Organisational Behavioural course. It was great to see how their critical analysis developed as they tried to relate the different concepts about the study of organisations to those firms or groups that they know.
Guillermo Casasnovas, doctoral candidate