The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The Bok Center offers faculty, graduate students, and other instructors a wide variety of resources and programming to foster excellence in teaching and learning. The Center supports faculty in designing their courses and syllabi, in developing their classroom personae, and in exploring evidence-based strategies to promote learning. The Bok Center’s Learning Lab collaborates with faculty to create and implement innovative assignments and course activities. Faculty speakers share ideas about teaching at a series of faculty lunches, and a STEM journal club provides a forum for faculty to discuss current research on science education. 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 class observations and video consultations, and supports instructors in creating inclusive learning environments.
For graduate students: The Center trains teaching fellows through pre-semester teaching conferences and leads seminars for graduate students on topics that include foundations of teaching, inclusive teaching, and discussion leading, among others. A professional communication program offers international graduate students and scholars the opportunity to develop their speaking, teaching, and cultural skills for the Harvard environment. Additionally, the Bok Center offers several fellowship programs for graduate students to enhance teaching across FAS, including opportunities to develop media and digital skills. A cohort of Pedagogy Fellows develops and supports departmental pedagogy courses and serves as peer teaching consultants.
Further information and resources on teaching are available on the Bok Center’s website.