Exploratory Seminars & Faculty Fellows

Exploratory Seminars

Bok Exploratory Seminars offer faculty a collaborative space to deliberate the most urgent problems and potentially transformational opportunities in Higher Education, with the primary goal of developing interventions that will chart the course of future teaching and learning at Harvard. Inspired by the Exploratory Seminars of the Radcliffe Institute, each seminar is led by a Faculty Fellow whose current or future teaching is highly informed by the seminar’s theme.  Seminar participants typically spend 1–2 days making a deep dive into the theme and formulating concrete responses, e.g., new course design or curriculum redesign, aimed at having a measurable impact on teaching and learning at Harvard.

Funding for exploratory seminars includes the cost of bringing in guest participants with relevant expertise or perspectives. The outcomes of the seminar, ranging from new course design to curricular programming, receive support from the Bok Center for implementation as well as any related research and evaluation plans.

Read more about Bok Exploratory Seminars

Submit a proposal for a new Exploratory Seminar

Visit the Exploratory Seminars' Canvas site


Faculty Fellows

Beginning in 2018-19, the Bok Center will appoint a Faculty Fellow to lead each exploratory seminar.  The Faculty Fellow will be responsible for determining the goals of the seminar, setting the agenda, and identifying appropriate guest speakers.  The Bok Center Faculty Fellows program was originally created to allow a small number of faculty to focus on interesting and impactful ideas in teaching and learning. The Bok Center provides faculty fellows with the context, human support, and resources to enable them to pursue their projects. 

To apply to lead an Exploratory Seminar, and become a Faculty Fellow, see the above links.

Current Faculty Fellows


Richard J. Light

Faculty Fellow of the Bok Center
Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Elisa New

Faculty Fellow of the Bok Center
Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature