The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Bok Bok Center offers faculty, graduate students, and other instructors a wide variety of resources and programming to foster excellence in teaching and learning. We strive to promote a culture of experimentation, collaboration, and reflection about teaching, and to support instructors in creating equitable and inclusive learning environments. The Center supports faculty in designing their courses and syllabi, in developing their classroom presence, and in exploring evidence-based strategies to promote learning. For the 2020-21 academic year, we have adapted our work to support instructors with teaching remotely; we offer workshops as well as individualized advice about adapting courses and adopting technologies for effective online teaching. The Bok Center’s Learning Lab collaborates with faculty to create and implement innovative assignments and course activities. Additionally, faculty speakers share ideas about teaching at a series of faculty lunches, and a peer observation program provides early-career faculty with a supportive community of colleagues with whom they can share experiences and materials as they develop as instructors.
The Bok Center also offers PhD students a robust slate of professional development programming. Early-stage PhD students look to the Bok Center as they prepare to teach, and may attend our Fall Teaching Conference or Winter Teaching Week for an introduction to the foundations of teaching, or take a Bok Seminar to explore topics in teaching, learning, and communication. We serve international students and scholars who want to improve their oral English communication skills to prepare for the language and culture of the Harvard classroom through our Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars. Advanced PhD students can demonstrate their commitment to developing as teachers in higher education by pursuing one of our Teaching Certificates or by applying to our Fellows programs, where we partner with departments to enhance training and support for graduate student teachers across the FAS.
Further information and resources on teaching are available on the Bok Center’s website.