About

By supporting experimentation, innovation, and evidence-based practices, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning seeks to create transformational learning experiences for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Mission & History

Our mission includes:

  • discovering new and better ways to teach by partnering with faculty and students to catalyze creativity, experimentation and innovation;
  • cultivating excellent instruction through effective training and support for faculty, graduate students and undergraduates in teaching and scholarly communication; and
  • researching what constitutes effective practice by conducting rigorous assessments of teaching and learning methods in person and online.

History

The Bok Center was established in 1975 to enhance the quality of undergraduate education in Harvard College. Originally named the Harvard-Danforth Center (in recognition of the Danforth Foundation grant that funded the Center at the outset) it was renamed in 1991 to honor former Harvard President Derek Bok, an active supporter of the Center both during his presidency (1971–1991) and today. Traditionally, retiring Harvard presidents have had buildings named in their honor; President Bok is the first to have his name given instead to an organization. Harvard's continuing support of the Center in the years following its founding reflect a belief that research, teaching, and learning are compatible at the very highest levels.

Professor Robert Lue was named the inaugural Richard L. Menchel Faculty Director of the Bok Center in February 2013.

Past Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report 2016-2017
  2015-2016

 

News

Bok Award Winners

Teaching Fellows Who Went "Above and Beyond" Recognized with Derek C. Bok Awards

May 8, 2019

5 teaching fellows were honored at our Spring Q Reception for their incredible work teaching undergraduates.  Each Derek C. Bok Award winner was introduced by GSAS Dean Emma Dench, who read the glowing and enthusiastic nominations from professors and students in their respective departments.  Learn more about each winner here and congratulations to all!... Read more about Teaching Fellows Who Went "Above and Beyond" Recognized with Derek C. Bok Awards

Bok Summit

Bok Summit Covered in Harvard Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education

May 3, 2019

Harvard Magazine recently published a comprehensive summary of the Bok Center’s Harvard Summit on Excellence in Higher Education. Held on April 4-5, the Summit brought together deans, provosts, and faculty from universities across the country to discuss whether - and how well - liberal arts colleges and universities are serving the public good....

Read more about Bok Summit Covered in Harvard Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education
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Contact Us

50 Church St. Office

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
50 Church Street
3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138-2901

125 Mt. Auburn St. Office

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
125 Mount Auburn Street
3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138-2901

 

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Join Our Team

With over two dozen staff and more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate student fellows, the Bok Center is building a community of people dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning at Harvard. Don't miss your opportunity to find out how you can contribute to our mission!

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