International Teachers and Scholars

2021 Feb 04

Bok Seminar - Making the Most of Remote Section: Active Learning, Feedback and Student Engagement

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Bok Pedagogy Fellows

As we teach remotely this year, how do we know how we are doing? How do we keep students engaged, and make sure we are achieving our goals for section? In this seminar, TFs teaching this spring will be able to explore a different topic related to student learning, feedback and engagement each week. We will focus on active learning and inclusive teaching activities, and consider ways to build and maintain community, keep students engaged, and keep you (as the instructor) in touch with how they are doing and what they are learning. The seminar will...

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2020 Dec 10

Hope and Resilience in a Time of Loss: A Conversation with Prof. Kathleen Coleman

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Online

Many of us look forward to the holiday season as a time for joy, togetherness, and hope for new beginnings. This year, however, it may be harder to summon a festive spirit, as we are all living with some of the symptoms of loss—mourning the canceled celebrations with friends and family, and looking back on a pandemic year marked by extraordinary economic, social, and political stress. Now more than ever we can learn from the many artists and authors who have chronicled their own experiences of loss, and of the insights and wisdom that sustained them through trying times. In lieu of our...

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2020 Nov 19

Engaged Communication for Zoom Conference and Job Talks

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

Erika Bailey presents via Zoom at the Fall Teaching Conference.

Communicate your scholarship, engage your audience, speak with presence...even in Zoom!

Erika Bailey, Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theater; Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media

Are you preparing for conference talks or academic interviews this winter? When we think about communicating our research, we often focus on the material we want to share, what we should say.... Read more about Engaged Communication for Zoom Conference and Job Talks

2020 Oct 29

Game Time! (for International PhD Students)

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Online

This October, the Culture and Communication Consultants at the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers & Scholars at the Bok Center will be hosting two Game Times for international PhD students! Learn about American culture, connect with undergraduates and other international PhD students, and play games! We will play games like Taboo, Pictionary, or other active games to practice speaking skills like rephrasing and...

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2020 Oct 27

Game Time! (for International PhD Students)

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Online

This October, the Culture and Communication Consultants at the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers & Scholars at the Bok Center will be hosting two Game Times for international PhD students! Learn about American culture, connect with undergraduates and other international PhD students, and play games! We will play games like Taboo, Pictionary, or other active games to practice speaking skills like rephrasing and...

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Reimagining the Fall Teaching Conference

Reimagining the Fall Teaching Conference

September 21, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, many global challenges, and the prospect of a fully remote fall semester, the Bok Center spent the summer grappling with a multitude of questions: How should we prepare graduate student TFs to teach remotely? How could we reimagine our flagship event, the Fall Teaching Conference, usually a bustling two-day conference held in Sever Hall the week before classes start? How could we meet the needs of both new and experienced TFs facing an unprecedented semester?

Like instructors everywhere, we couldn’t take anything for granted. We...

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How Do You Hone Your Oral English Language Skills?

August 12, 2020

The Bok Center’s Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars supports international PhD students in developing oral English proficiency, cross-cultural understanding, and teaching skills. We recently sat down to talk with two students who have participated in the program over the past two years. We asked them to share how they developed their oral English communication skills to prepare to be teaching fellows as well as advice they would give incoming international PhD students, based on their...

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2020 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: The Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW and Our First Contract

11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Online

Maya Anjur-Dietrich, Applied Physics, HGSU-UAW Interim Grievance Committee Co-Chair
Tim Barker, History

This session will provide a brief orientation to the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSU-UAW). Presenters will discuss the benefits and rights contained in the union's first contract, ways the union can help Teaching Fellows with workplace issues, and mechanisms of contract enforcement, as well as future plans.

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced...

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2020 Aug 13

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: Designing and Delivering Online Language Instruction: A Discussion of Best Practices and Lessons Learned

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Online

Andrew Ross, Director of the Language Center
Panelists: Aleksandra Kudryashova (German Studies), Rodrigo del Rio (Romance Languages and Literatures), Christian Struck (German Studies), and Emma Zitzow-Childs (Romance Languages and Literatures)

Online second language learning requires techniques and affordances that are unique to the discipline. How can TFs engaged in this work best learn and leverage theoretically grounded technical and pedagogical approaches to ensure the best possible learning outcomes?...

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2020 Aug 19

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: Academic Integrity in Remote Education

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Online

Brett Flehinger, Associate Dean of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
Brigitte Libby, Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

What should you know about academic integrity at Harvard College as you prepare to teach this year?  This session offers an overview of the Honor Code, the Honor Council, and the most common types of concerns that come to the Council.  We will also offer suggestions for how you can help students approach their academic work with integrity and learn as effectively as possible, especially...

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2020 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: The Language and Culture of the Harvard Classroom: A Panel for New International TFs

8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Online

Sarah Emory, Assistant Director, International Teachers and Scholars, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

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...

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2020 Aug 17

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: Teaching Remotely with Images and Objects Across Disciplines (Registration Closed)

11:15am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Online

Jen Thum, Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow, Harvard Art Museums
Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

A Van Gogh analyzed by medical students. A landscape to think about climate change. Post-war prints to discuss the lives of noncombatants. Each semester, classes from disciplines across the university—on topics ranging from environmental science to poetry—engage with original works of art at the Harvard Art Museums. Works of art can illustrate arguments, give tangible...

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2020 Aug 14

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: Understanding Title IX as a Teaching Fellow

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Online

Seth Avakian, Program Officer for Title IX and Professional Conduct for the FAS
Danielle Farrell, Director of Student Services, GSAS

This session will address principles of professional conduct and classroom management for teachers as it relates to Title IX responsibilities and Harvard’s commitment to gender equity. We’ll discuss how one balances Harvard University’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas while maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the community is excluded from participation in,...

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2020 Aug 13

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: Responding to Student Writing Efficiently and Effectively (Registration Closed)

11:15am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Online

Jonah Johnson, Assistant Director for Writing Pedagogy, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning; Head Preceptor in the Writing Program

Have you graded a thousand papers and need some new ideas? Are you worried about how much time you spend grading? Do you need help managing your time, or wonder about how to give feedback that will be the most helpful to students? In this session, we’ll discuss best practices for responding to student writing. We’ll address questions including: How can you write the most effective and efficient margin and end comments? How can you...

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2020 Aug 12

Fall Teaching Conference Plenary: Equitable and Inclusive Teaching (Registration Closed)

11:15am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Online

Noelle Lopez, Assistant Director, Equity and Inclusion, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Marty Samuels, Head of Content, LabXchange

In this session we’ll introduce some key concepts from the research on inclusive teaching, consider common challenges to fostering equitable and inclusive learning environments, and discuss strategies you can use to create conditions conducive to helping your students feel both welcome and capable of learning effectively in your classroom...

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