International Teachers and Scholars

2022 Apr 12

Harvard Horizons Symposium 2022

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Sanders Theatre 45 Quincy St, Cambridge

The Bok Center is proud to support the Harvard Horizons program, which highlights the exciting scholarship of GSAS PhD students across disciplines. Each year, eight PhD candidates are chosen to receive in-depth, personalized mentoring and coaching designed to enhance their presentation skills. The program culminates in a symposium of brief, compelling talks where these scholars...

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Join the Bok Center as a Pedagogy Fellow

February 22, 2022

PhD students with teaching experience and a passion for teaching and learning are invited to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort of Pedagogy Fellows! Positions are available for Pedagogy Fellows based either in Departments or at the Bok Center. Applications are due by 5:00pm EST, Friday, February 25, 2022.

Pedagogy Fellows (PFs) enhance professional development for Teaching Fellows within their departments and across the FAS. With the Bok...

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2022 Feb 17

Office Hours for PhD Students at the SEC

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Apr 21 2022 except Thu Mar 17 2022, Thu Mar 24 2022.
1:30pm to 3:30pm

1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

SEC 2.323 - Library Seminar Room

Are you a SEAS PhD student who wants to learn more about teaching, communication, or presentation skills?

Are you an international PhD student who would like to talk to someone about cross-cultural communication or your English speaking skills?

Sarah Emory, the Bok Center’s Assistant Director for International Teachers and Scholars, is available for drop-in consultations and questions every Thursday from 1:30-3:30pm in SEC 2.323-Library Seminar Room.

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Teaching and Mental Health

February 11, 2022

Faculty and Teaching Fellows often are in an excellent position to identify students and colleagues who are struggling, and to refer them to the right person or department for help. And yet, at the same time, many instructors understandably report that they feel uncomfortable and/or unprepared in reaching out to a student or colleague in distress. After all, most of us are trained to be teachers and scholars, not mental health professionals.

Recognizing this challenge, the Bok Center recently collaborated with...

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2022 Feb 08

Discussion Group for International PhD Students

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Apr 19 2022 except Tue Mar 15 2022, Tue Apr 12 2022.
5:00pm to 6:30pm

5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Science Center Room B06.20

Are you interested in connecting with other international PhD students and practicing your English in a friendly, informal setting? Join our discussion group! International PhD students have the opportunity to connect with each other and our...

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Winter Teaching Week 2022

Back (on Zoom) Again: Winter Teaching Week 2022

January 25, 2022

After a Fall semester full of reconnecting with colleagues, friends, students, and instructors in person and teaching and learning on campus, we were excited to plan our Winter Teaching Week to be an opportunity for graduate student teachers to refresh their teaching and get new ideas before the spring term. We especially were looking forward to hosting our revamped programming at our Bok Center offices, building upon our successful return to in-person teaching in the Fall. But COVID was...

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2020-21 Bok Annual Report

2020-21 Bok Annual Report

December 17, 2021

As we reflect on the year and prepare for winter recess, we are pleased to share our 2020-21 annual report, which showcases our year of remote teaching and learning. The report highlights key moments from the year as we transitioned our programming and support online, and endeavored to keep up with the needs of teachers and learners across the FAS.  We are proud of our work supporting faculty and PhD students and building community around teaching throughout these challenging times. 

We wish you a restful and restorative winter recess, and we look forward to working...

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2022 Jan 21

Visual Communication

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

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

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...

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2022 Jan 21

Classroom Culture and Communication for International TFs

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

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

What role does culture play in the classroom? What are the classroom norms at Harvard and how might undergraduate education here differ from your own experiences? In this interactive workshop, we will explore teaching and learning across cultures by reflecting on culture and its impact on classroom interactions like participating in discussions, presenting information, asking questions, building rapport, giving and receiving feedback, or even handling conflict. We will...

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2022 Jan 21

From Reflection to Design: Backward Design and the Syllabus

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Eleanor Finnegan, Assistant Director, Faculty Programming

What are the goals of a course, and how does it fit into a discipline? What are the different components and how do they fit together? Done well, a good syllabus can be a road map, a contract, and a guide for both instructors and students. 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 until you know what you want your students to learn. Together we’ll look at sample syllabi to...

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2022 Jan 20

How to Get Students from Reading and Discussing to Writing

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

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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2022 Jan 20

Reading: The Most Impressive Thing You Can Teach?

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy

What is a scholar in your discipline actually doing when they are “reading"? How did you learn to perform all of the moves that an effective reader performs? How can you help your students learn to do the same? In this session we will break down what it really means to “read” across our scholarly disciplines. We’ll deconstruct our own disciplinary reading practices, and brainstorm how students new to a discipline can learn to become more skilled readers in it.  We’ll consider what novice reading looks...

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2022 Jan 20

Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

We may wonder or worry about how we’re doing as teachers-- but how do we know?! 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 the nature of feedback as well as strategies for collecting it and using it to improve our practice. We will explore Stephen Brookfield’s lenses for reflective teaching-- 1) self, 2) students, 3) colleagues, and 4) scholarship-- to consider these questions and build...

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2022 Jan 19

Teaching and Learning in Community: A Roundtable Discussion with Experienced Teaching Fellows

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Julia Judge Mulhall, Bok Pedagogy Fellow and PhD Student in Classics, with 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, explore key topics in teaching with experienced TFs. They will discuss their approaches to 1) organization and time management, 2) working on a teaching team, 3) building rapport, connecting with students and working to build an inclusive classroom, and 4) how your own identity as a teacher affects your...

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