International Teachers and Scholars

Teaching Certificate

Congratulations, Bok Teaching Certificate Recipients!

May 28, 2021

We are excited to recognize and celebrate the 2020-21 Bok Teaching Certificate Recipients.

The Bok Teaching Certificate gives GSAS PhD students a tangible marker of their ongoing commitment to developing as teachers in higher education. Guided by three principles—Learn, Practice, Reflect—those who pursue the Certificate explore different topics in teaching and learning through departmental pedagogy courses and Bok Seminars, reflect on...

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Exploring Syllabus Design

April 22, 2021

Is there any document that does more, and receives less recognition, than the humble course syllabus? By comparison with the other documents scholars produce—journal articles, dissertations, even letters of recommendation—our syllabi hardly rate; they’re often regarded as ephemeral, purely functional, designed to be read once or twice and then cast aside at the end of the semester. But in fact, the syllabus is so much more than a reference document.... Read more about Exploring Syllabus Design

2021 Jun 09

Bok Seminar - Teaching and the Job Market: Getting From “TF” to “Colleague”

9:00am to 10:30am

Location: 

Remote

Led by Adam Beaver and Eleanor Finnegan

Are you on or near the job market? Enthused or concerned about the prospect of assembling a teaching portfolio, writing a syllabus, or giving a teaching demonstration? Wondering what, exactly, a “teaching philosophy” is, and how you get one? While Harvard hopefully has given you opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your teaching, it is often the case that your career as a TF is shaped by forces beyond your control: that is to say, that you’ve taught in courses, in modalities, and with assignments set by someone else, which...

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2021 Jun 02

Bok Seminar - Teaching with Purpose: A Critical Pedagogies Reading Group

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Eleanor Craig and Noelle Lopez

What makes learning meaningful and empowering for students? How can we as teachers develop classroom practices that reflect our social values and commitments? How do we support students in bridging life experience and rigorous study? This seminar will engage these questions through the lens of critical pedagogy. We'll consider the emergence of critical pedagogy in particular contexts of social justice struggles, and we'll explore ways to bring critical power analysis to teaching in a variety of disciplines during a time of pandemic and in...

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2021 Jun 15

Bok Seminar - Teaching with Museum Collections Across Disciplines

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Rebecca Brown and Jen Thum

Images and objects are valuable tools for teachers: they illustrate arguments, give tangible expression to ideas, and provide a means to engage with concepts in new and novel ways. But how can they be integrated most effectively in class? How can we teach students to “read” them carefully and critically? In this seminar we will explore and practice strategies for encouraging analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and observational skills through engagement with the Harvard Art Museums’ collections. By the end of this seminar, you will have...

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2021 Jun 08

Bok Seminar - Problems and P-Sets: Creating and Teaching Questions in STEM

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Yasemin Kalender

As a TF for a  STEM course, you may be confronted with the task of writing problem sets and exam questions. How should you approach this task? In this seminar we will focus on developing problems and questions for STEM courses. We will also explore best practices, focus on crafting meaningful problems that motivate student learning and are based on the concepts and skills taught in your class, and will practice and get feedback on teaching the problems that we create.

Please note: Seminar times listed are in Eastern Time (US)....

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2021 Jun 14

Bok Seminar - Preparing to Teach: A Seminar for New TFs

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Pamela Pollock and Rebecca Brown

What can new TFs do to get ready for the first day of class and beyond? In this seminar, you will practically prepare to teach for the first time, learn about resources available to you as you begin your teaching career, and build confidence in the process! We will help new TFs explore best practices for traditional section teaching. We will follow the arc of the semester; each session will be devoted to a teaching topic, including the first day of class, inclusive teaching, lesson planning and delivery, and giving and receiving feedback...

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2021 Apr 08

Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

A stack of books on topics of critical pedagogy and equity and inclusion.The 3-part Critical Pedagogy Workshop Series is designed for PhD students at all stages who are interested in critical pedagogies, thinking about building their teaching portfolios, and how teaching fits in to their own professional development goals. Each workshop considers different perspectives on teaching–from our disciplines, our students, and other lenses, and how to use those on our own learning journeys as teachers and scholars. Students may attend workshops individually or sign up for all three.... Read more about Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

2021 Mar 25

An Introduction to Harvard Undergraduate Identities

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

A stack of books on topics of critical pedagogy and equity and inclusion.The 3-part Critical Pedagogy Workshop Series is designed for PhD students at all stages who are interested in critical pedagogies, thinking about building their teaching portfolios, and how teaching fits in to their own professional development goals. Each workshop considers different perspectives on teaching–from our disciplines, our students, and other lenses, and how to use those on our own learning journeys as teachers and scholars. Students may attend workshops individually or sign up for all three.... Read more about An Introduction to Harvard Undergraduate Identities

2021 Mar 11

Teaching and Learning Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

A stack of books on topics of critical pedagogy and equity and inclusion.The 3-part Critical Pedagogy Workshop Series is designed for PhD students at all stages who are interested in critical pedagogies, thinking about building their teaching portfolios, and how teaching fits in to their own professional development goals. Each workshop considers different perspectives on teaching–from our disciplines, our students, and other lenses, and how to use those on our own learning journeys as teachers and scholars. Students may attend workshops individually or sign up for all three.... Read more about Teaching and Learning Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries

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The Museum is your Classroom--Online

February 10, 2021

The Bok Center has been excited to collaborate with the Harvard Art Museums to bring ideas and strategies for teaching with museum collections to faculty and Teaching Fellows through a series of workshops and, for the first time this spring, a Bok Seminar. What started as an independent session run by Jen Thum (Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator, Harvard...

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2021 Feb 11

Spring TF Resource Hours

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Apr 22 2021 .
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Zoom

Are you teaching this spring? Do you have questions about engaging students or facilitating synchronous or asynchronous class activities? Join the Bok Center’s TF Resource Hours to ask questions, practice, and get ideas on digital teaching tools you could integrate into your sections! During the first ten minutes of each session, we will demonstrate a tool or strategy for teaching remotely. The rest of the hour will be for discussion, idea-sharing, and practice. Bring your questions and activities you’d like to try out!

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