The first assignment, for the General Education course on “Primitive Navigation,” was for students to start at the John Harvard statue in the Yard, walk due west for what seemed 20 minutes with no tools or aids including a watch or phone, and see where they ended up. Probably students had an inkling this wasn’t going to end well. They would end up all over the greater Harvard Square area, knowing they were “lost.” So what?
The Herschbach teacher/scientist lecture series recognizes scholars who excel both as scientists and as educators. The lecture series honors emeritus professor Dudley Herschbach, a Nobel-prize winning chemist and a devoted educator.
Each year, eight PhD candidates are chosen to receive in-depth, personalized mentoring and coaching by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The program culminates in a symposium of brief, compelling talks where these scholars present their research from the Sanders Theatre stage.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has just released the results of its biannual survey of registering students, which includes questions about their teaching experiences. The Bok Center is delighted that 87% reported positive teaching experiences, and 94% reported receiving training and support in their teaching roles. The Bok Center's Pamela Pollock describes some of our many resources for graduate student teachers in the... Read more about GSAS Students Report Positive Teaching Experiences
How can you establish and maintain credibility as a speaker? What makes a speaker sound confident? In this interactive workshop, we will discuss and practice verbal and nonverbal strategies for establishing a presence and speaking with authority with consideration for a range of academic contexts, such as in teaching, participating in discussions, or giving a presentation. ... Read more about Speaking with Authority
How can you make a strong impression by talking confidently about your research? How can you share and adapt your professional story for people you meet in research groups, professional conferences, and beyond? In this session, participants will practice telling their professional stories in both informal and more formal contexts.... Read more about Big Talk: Telling Your Professional Story
Does the very idea of small talk-- the informal chatting we do with colleagues, acquaintances, and even strangers-- make you cringe or even shy away from social events? In this workshop, participants will discuss this cultural ritual, and will learn about and practice the basics of making small talk, an important skill for building professional networks.