Graduate Students

2023 Feb 01

Applications Open for Bok Center Fellows Programs

(All day)

GSAS PhD students with a passion for teaching and learning are invited to apply to the Bok Center’s Fellows programs (applications will open on February 1):

  • Pedagogy Fellows enhance training and support for teaching fellows within their departments and across the FAS. They lead pedagogy seminars and workshops, consult with TFs, and develop resources on teaching and professional development for their peers. Applications are open for...

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2023 Feb 06

Bok Seminar - Public Speaking for International Teachers and Scholars

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Apr 10 2023 except Mon Feb 20 2023, Mon Mar 13 2023.
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by Sarah Emory and Pamela Pollock

As a teacher and a scholar, you are called on to speak in a variety of contexts, which can be daunting for anyone but may be even more complicated if you speak English as an additional language. What strategies can you use to make it easier for others to understand you and stay engaged in what you are saying? In this seminar, we will learn and practice concrete strategies to improve public speaking skills across contexts, including classrooms, conferences, and a range of personal and professional interactions. By practicing presentation,...

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2023 Feb 02

Bok Seminar - Classroom Communication Skills for International Teachers and Scholars

9:00am to 10:15am

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by Sarah Emory

This seminar is designed to help international graduate students develop the oral communication skills necessary to be successful in their graduate programs, with a particular emphasis on skills necessary for teaching in the Harvard classroom. Students will work on improving their oral English comprehensibility and accuracy, learn and practice general pedagogical strategies for teaching interactively, improve their impromptu speaking skills, and build their ability to interact effectively with undergraduates. The course is designed for students who have not...

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2023 Feb 02

Bok Seminar - Crafting a Diversity Statement: Reflecting on Your Values to Develop Your Practice

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by Ashlie Sandoval

Inclusive, anti-racist, and decolonial pedagogies are not necessarily mutually exclusive frameworks, but their pedagogical approaches and theories can express different understandings of and approaches to addressing power and privilege, creating class community, acknowledging students’ social identities, and fostering student learning. In this seminar, through weekly readings and course discussions on case studies, syllabi statements, and class activities, we’ll explore key theories within and across these pedagogical frameworks, considering how they...

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2023 Jan 31

Bok Seminar - How to Teach Writing Assignments—And Design Your Own

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by Jonah Johnson

In the best learning experiences, feedback between students and instructors happens early and often. Many writing assignments, by contrast, only involve feedback “after the fact,” with the understanding that it can only be implemented on the next assignment. In this seminar we’ll offer a better model for assignments, where feedback is ongoing and the writing is scaffolded, well-sequenced, and iterative. The seminar will be a hands-on workshop, where you’ll have the experience of doing a typical essay assignment while also designing an assignment or...

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2023 Jan 31

Bok Seminar - Taking Your Teaching to the Next Level: Practice, Feedback, & Reflection

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by Pamela Pollock and Emily Epperson

As scholars, we are always developing our research, but how do we think about learning and growing as a teacher? In this seminar, we will explore frameworks for teaching development to consider these questions and become more reflective and effective teachers.  We will learn and explore ways to set teaching development goals and how we can judge our progress towards them. As part of this, we will consider different elements of feedback, how to read a classroom, and ways to develop your own teaching philosophy. You will conduct a...

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2023 Feb 01

Bok Seminar - How Students Learn

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Online

Led by Tamara Brenner

How does memory work? What strategies—inside and outside of the classroom—help students retain information and apply their knowledge to new situations? In this seminar, we will explore how students learn, drawing on neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and educational research. We’ll examine topics including motivation, metacognition, growth mindset, and retrieval practice, and discuss how to apply this knowledge to our own teaching. During the last two sessions of the seminar, each student will present a concept drawn from The ABC’s of How We...

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2023 Mar 29

Focus on Grammar: Drop-in Office Hours to Discuss Grammar Questions

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Online

Gain confidence in your grammar choices, whether you are teaching, presenting, or engaging with others in academic conversations. This spring, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars will be hosting drop-in office hours on grammar topics. Drop by if you have a quick grammar question, want to practice different grammar forms, or want to receive feedback on your oral grammar use.

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2023 Mar 10

Focus on Grammar: Drop-in Office Hours to Discuss Grammar Questions

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Online

Gain confidence in your grammar choices, whether you are teaching, presenting, or engaging with others in academic conversations. This spring, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars will be hosting drop-in office hours on grammar topics. Drop by if you have a quick grammar question, want to practice different grammar forms, or want to receive feedback on your oral grammar use.

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2023 Feb 21

Focus on Grammar: Drop-in Office Hours to Discuss Grammar Questions

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

Gain confidence in your grammar choices, whether you are teaching, presenting, or engaging with others in academic conversations. This spring, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars will be hosting drop-in office hours on grammar topics. Drop by if you have a quick grammar question, want to practice different grammar forms, or want to receive feedback on your oral grammar use.

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2023 Feb 08

Focus on Grammar: Drop-in Office Hours to Discuss Grammar Questions

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Online

Gain confidence in your grammar choices, whether you are teaching, presenting, or engaging with others in academic conversations. This spring, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars will be hosting drop-in office hours on grammar topics. Drop by if you have a quick grammar question, want to practice different grammar forms, or want to receive feedback on your oral grammar use.

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2023 Jan 25

Focus on Grammar: Drop-in Office Hours to Discuss Grammar Questions

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

Gain confidence in your grammar choices, whether you are teaching, presenting, or engaging with others in academic conversations. This spring, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars will be hosting drop-in office hours on grammar topics. Drop by if you have a quick grammar question, want to practice different grammar forms, or want to receive feedback on your oral grammar use.

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As an International Scholar, How Can I Develop My Communication Skills?

As an International Scholar, How Can I Develop My Communication Skills?

January 12, 2023

We have been working with international PhD students and scholars this year through a variety of seminars, workshops, and other learning opportunities offered by our Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars. Read on to learn more about how you can engage with the Bok Center throughout the year and learn more about our offerings this spring!

The Bok Center offers programs and resources on teaching and communication for all instructors in the FAS...

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