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

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 reflects 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.

Annual Report

News

Fall Teaching Conference 2022: A Template for the Future

Fall Teaching Conference 2022: A Template for the Future

September 8, 2022

Planning a third revamped Fall Teaching Conference in three years, while challenging, really encouraged us to distill all of the lessons learned from previous conferences into what we hope will be the new template for the Fall Teaching Conference going forward. Going online and coming back in-person again prompted us to reflect on our core values, articulate our goals clearly, and reimagine a Fall...

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The Pedagogy Fellows leadership team: Rebecca Brown, Pamela Pollock, Adam Beaver, and Yasemin Kalender.

Pedagogy Fellows 2021-22: Year in Review

June 15, 2022

As we close the books on the academic year, we are taking stock of what we’ve learned, and planning for the coming year. Our programs always strive to reflect the current moment, as we adjust to the needs of each year of teaching. 2021–22 was the year of being “back again” on campus, of teaching with masks, and of getting used to being together in the classroom again. Perhaps none of the Bok Center’s programs felt more responsive to these new circumstances than the Pedagogy Fellows. Each year, approximately 34...

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Accessibility

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in our programs and activities.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about our programs,
please contact bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu or 617.495.4869 in advance of your participation.

 

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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