International Teachers and Scholars

2023 Feb 16

Bok Office Hours for PhD Students

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Thu Apr 27 2023 except Thu Mar 16 2023.
11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Online

Want to learn more about how you can complete the Bok Center Teaching Certificate? Are you considering taking a Bok Seminar, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have teaching questions or areas in teaching or communication you want to learn more about? Drop by our Zoom office hours to ask questions, get connected with resources to support your teaching and professional development goals, and learn more about how the Bok Center can support you!

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2023 Jan 26

Bok Office Hours for PhD Students

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Online

Want to learn more about how you can complete the Bok Center Teaching Certificate? Are you considering taking a Bok Seminar, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have teaching questions or areas in teaching or communication you want to learn more about? Drop by our Zoom office hours to ask questions, get connected with resources to support your teaching and professional development goals, and learn more about how the Bok Center can support you!

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2023 Jan 24

Bok Office Hours for PhD Students

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Online

Want to learn more about how you can complete the Bok Center Teaching Certificate? Are you considering taking a Bok Seminar, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have teaching questions or areas in teaching or communication you want to learn more about? Drop by our Zoom office hours to ask questions, get connected with resources to support your teaching and professional development goals, and learn more about how the Bok Center can support you!

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2023 Jan 20

Visual Communication

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

50 Church St. 3rd Floor Learning Lab Studio

Led by:
Marlon Kuzmick, Director of the Learning Lab, and the Bok Learning Lab Team

How do you use visuals to help your audience develop a schema to understand your work? In this session, you will explore how to communicate your work visually, and how visuals communicate structure to help your audience understand the main idea, whether you are teaching or presenting your research. You will explore the different roles visuals can play in a talk, analyze examples, learn some key principles of visual design, and practice with different tools to communicate...

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2023 Jan 20

Teaching as an International Scholar: A Lunch Discussion for International TFs

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Sarah Emory, Assistant Director, International Teachers and Scholars

Are you a TF who got your undergraduate degree at an institution outside the U.S.? If so, you may have questions about teaching undergraduates at Harvard. How might the undergraduate experience here differ from your own experience? As an International TF, what do you need to know to navigate teaching at Harvard? In this interactive panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to explore issues related to teaching across borders and boundaries and hear from Harvard...

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2023 Jan 20

Communicating Your Research

10:45am to 12:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

How do you respond when someone asks you what you are working on? How can you describe your high-level research to your introductory students? Do you struggle to get out of the weeds and explain the big picture? In this session we will build upon what you learned in Erika Bailey’s Engaged Communication session to practice and get feedback on communicating your research. We consider how the basic principles of good pedagogy are also the basic principles of effective and engaging speaking: having...

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2023 Jan 19

How to Get Students from Reading and Discussing to Writing

2:45pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Jonah Johnson, Assistant Director, Writing Pedagogy

From an instructor’s perspective, students’ progress from “doing the readings” to “turning in the paper” can feel like a black box: How do reading and class discussion turn into words on the page? In this session, we will bring that process out into the light, modeling practical approaches to writing assignments that will help your students engage with every stage of the writing process—from class discussion itself to formulating a possible thesis to working with evidence to other pre-draft...

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2023 Jan 19

Planning, Setting Goals, and Measuring Success: Using Backward Design as a Teacher-Scholar

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy

How do you plan a section or a syllabus? Where should you start as you look at the material you want to cover as a teacher, learner, or scholar? This workshop introduces a method of curriculum planning called backwards design. The idea is simple: you can’t start planning how you’re going to teach (or learn, or write) until you know what your goals are. What should students be able to do at the end of a section? At the end of a course? Backward design can help you articulate your goals and objectives and decide on...

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2023 Jan 19

Motivating Your Students and Yourself: A Lunch Discussion with Experienced TFs

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Lauren Sullivan, Bok Pedagogy Fellow, and other experienced TFs

Developing as a teacher means learning from yourself and your peers, as well as having some teaching mentors. In this interactive panel discussion, we will explore our approaches to 1) defining teaching goals and priorities, 2) aligning teacher and student expectations, 3) building supportive and motivated classrooms, and 4) leveraging your identity as a teacher to energize your teaching and your students’ connection to the material.

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2023 Jan 19

Mentoring: How to Advise and Be Advised

10:45am to 12:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy

As a graduate student, poised at an early stage of your academic career, you are accustomed to being on the receiving end of mentoring. You’ve probably developed a sense of the kinds of advice, interactions, and power dynamics that are helpful (as well as those that aren’t). Soon, if not already, the tables may turn, and you will be called upon to mentor others—whether a senior thesis advisee at Harvard, a group of undergraduates or graduate students in your first academic job, or the staff of a lab at a...

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2023 Jan 19

Staying Mindful During Challenging Moments in the Classroom

9:15am to 10:30am

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Ashlie Sandoval, Assistant Director, Equity & Inclusion

Even in the best-designed courses challenging moments can still emerge. Instructors and students might be tasked with engaging with materials or comments that conflict with their worldview; they may encounter or perpetuate microaggressions in the classroom; or they may become activated by course content. When classroom discussions and activities result in unforeseeable, unintended, or unwanted outcomes, those moments can be stressful for instructors. How can you stay present and...

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2023 Jan 18

Engaged Pedagogy in the Arts and Sciences

2:45pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Flavia Perea, Director, Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship
Caitlin Schmid, Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship, Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship

Engaged scholarship integrates civic and community engagement into undergraduate education through an emphasis on civic purpose—an intention to contribute to the world beyond the self. How can you teach content to encourage consideration of ethics? How can your pedagogy help students learn to responsibly apply their knowledge to real-world situations? In this session, we will...

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2023 Jan 18

Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

As scholars, we are always developing our research, but how do we think about learning and growing as a teacher? In this session, we will consider how to set teaching development goals and what tools we can use to gauge our progress. We will learn a framework for reflective teaching to explore these questions and build our teaching toolkit considering what we can learn from 1) self, 2) students, 3) colleagues, and 4) scholarship. TFs who want to learn more are invited to our new Bok Seminar in...

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2023 Jan 18

How Can I Make the Most of the Bok Center? A Lunch Discussion

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Bok Center Staff

Come have lunch with us, learn more about our programming and resources, and explore ways to engage with us as a PhD student! We will share an overview of our programming for PhD students, including Bok Seminars and Teaching Certificates, the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars, and our Fellows Programs. Learn more about our resources to support your teaching and communication goals, no matter your discipline or stage of your graduate career.

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