For Graduate Students

Teaching is intimately connected to your growth as a scholar. From apprenticing for a faculty career to acquiring valuable skills in communication, the Bok Center is here to help you succeed.

Fall Teaching Conference

The Bok Center holds a Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week each year. These pre-semester conferences offer new Teaching Fellows a chance to prepare for the semester, as well as for more experienced teachers and scholars to continue to develop their skills and to explore areas of interest in teaching and learning.

Bok Seminars

Bok Seminars &
Teaching Certificates

Bok Seminars offer graduate students and scholars the opportunity to explore an area of interest in teaching and learning over multiple sessions. Seminars vary in length and intensity based on their focus areas and goals. Students who wish to take a full menu of seminars, seek feedback on their teaching, and develop a teaching portfolio are eligible to receive one of the Bok Center's two Teaching Certificates.

Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars

This program offers international graduate students, TFs and scholars the opportunity to develop their speaking, teaching and cultural skills for the Harvard environment.

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Class/Video Observations

For graduate students seeking feedback on how their teaching reads to a sympathetic but dispassionate observer, the Bok Center is happy to send a fellow or staff member to observe your class. The consultant will record notes on what he/she observes and (ideally) debrief the class directly afterwards with you. If you would like a video recording of your teaching, the consultant can bring along a camera to record the session for you.

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Early
Feedback

The Bok Center encourages all instructors to solicit feedback from their students early and often. There is no need to wait for the end-of-term Q Guide! With the Bok Center's help, you can find out how your students are faring while there's still time to make adjustments. We can help you design a survey or conduct a focus group, and to interpret the results.

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One-on-One Consultations

Bok staff are happy to meet to talk through specific issues of interest to individual teachers, including lesson planning, course and assignment design, how teaching factors into the job market, or challenging situations that arise with students or within teaching teams.

Professional & Scholarly Communication

Skills in professional and scholarly communication are more essential than ever, whether you're networking with your colleagues, talking to undergraduates about your research, considering the academic job market or contemplating a career outside of the university. No matter who your audience may be, the Bok Center is here to help you at every stage of this process.

One-Off Workshops

The Bok Center's staff and fellows routinely offer one-off workshops on an array of topics, ranging from how to plan for the first day of section to how to assemble a teaching portfolio for the job market. We are happy to visit your department, your department's pedagogy course, or work with the teaching staff of individual courses, and can tailor the message and the activities of the workshop to the particular needs of your group.

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Join Our Team

With over two dozen staff and more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate student fellows, the Bok Center is building a community of people dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning at Harvard. Don't miss your opportunity to find out how you can contribute to our mission!

See open positions

Check out our TF Handbook!

Hit the Ground Running
The Bok Center's Hit the Ground Running is a great place to start when you have questions about who your students are, their expectations of their Teaching Fellows, how to create an inclusive classroom, how to structure a lesson plan, and much more! Read it online, or stop by the Bok Center to pick up a hard copy. Copies are distributed at the Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week.