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.

Past Annual Reports

2017-2018 annual report cover 2017-2018
2017 Annual Report 2016-2017
   

 

News

Robert Lue

Robert Lue, 1964-2020

November 13, 2020

We are heartbroken to share that our beloved faculty director, Robert Lue, passed away on Wednesday, November 11. Rob was appointed as the inaugural Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in 2013. He had a vision for a teaching and learning center that would attract and energize faculty, graduate students and undergraduates; that would spark excitement and creativity about what could happen in the classroom; and that would build an intergenerational community around teaching. During the seven years of his tenure, Rob transformed the Bok...

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The cover image for the Voyager Golden Record resource created by the Bok Learning Lab.

Explore the Golden Record!

October 28, 2020

"In 1977 humanity sent a mixtape into outer space. The two spacecraft of NASA’s Voyager mission include a Golden Record, featuring greetings in 55 earth languages, 116 images of the planet and its inhabitants, plus examples of music from a range of cultures across the world: from Azerbaijani bagpipes to Zaire pygmy songs, from English Renaissance dances to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and from Louis Armstrong to Chuck Berry. The samplings of earthbound auditory culture are on their way into the unknown.”

So begins the course description for Alex Rehding’s...

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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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