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!
Department/Program-Based Pedagogy Fellows. Graduate students who are enrolled in one of the departments and programs that participate in the Pedagogy Fellows Program may apply to be appointed the Pedagogy Fellow in their department or program (e.g. Pedagogy Fellow in History, Pedagogy Fellow in Statistics, etc.). Applications for these positions will be forwarded to the departments for review before the Bok Center conducts interviews. Consult the full job description for Department/Program-Based Pedagogy Fellows.
The application for the 2020-2021 cohort is now closed.
Meet the Current Fellows
- Bok Pedagogy Fellows. Graduate students enrolled in any GSAS department or program may apply to be a Bok Pedagogy Fellow. These fellows are hired directly by the Bok Center to work across a range of disciplines. Consult the full job description for Bok Center-Based Pedagogy Fellows.
The application for the 2020-2021 cohort is now closed.
Meet the Current Fellows
Life Sciences Outreach Fellows
Life Sciences Outreach Fellows. Graduate students enrolled in any GSAS department or program, whose research is grounded in the life sciences, may apply to be a Life Sciences Outreach Fellow. Two fellows are hired directly by the Bok Center to support educational content creation for the Life Sciences Outreach program for high school biology teachers. Consult the full job description for Bok Life Sciences Outreach Fellows.
Media & Design Fellows
Media & Design Fellows support innovative course development within the FAS, partnering with faculty and staff to design a variety of digital tools, course materials, and assignments for undergraduate courses and departments. Most Design Fellows support a specific department, developing tools and content that are valuable for that department’s courses; other Fellows support a range of related departments and/or General Education courses. Design Fellows are paid hourly and there is some flexibility in the time commitment, but priority is given to departments and full-year appointments, so interested graduate students are encouraged to reach out to their departmental administrator or DGS to see if they can apply as a departmental Media & Design Fellow.
Teaching Fellows for High School Science Classes
Teaching Fellows for Visiting High School Biology Classes. Graduate students enrolled in any GSAS department or program, whose research is grounded in the life sciences, may apply to be a Teaching Fellow for the Spring Laboratory Program for High School Students. Teaching Fellows participate in workshops on classroom pedagogy and content and, in teams, teach visiting high school biology classes from schools across New England. Consult the full TF job description here.
Apply (Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2020.)
Meet some of our current and past LSO Teaching Fellows
Teaching Fellows for the High School Lab Skills Program at the Harvard Ed Portal. Graduate students enrolled in any GSAS department or program, whose research is grounded in the life sciences, may apply to be Teaching Fellows for the High School Lab Skills Workforce Program at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston. Two Teaching Fellows are hired directly by the Bok Center to revise curricula, master classroom pedagogy, and deliver effective weekly lessons to a small group of high school students. Consult the full TF job description here.
Applications for Spring 2021 will open in November 2020
Graduate Student Researcher/Facilitator
The “Teaching Students How to Learn” team is looking to hire a graduate student interested in education and educational research. In particular, we are looking for someone to help us conduct research, author materials, and deliver workshops in accordance with a recently-funded HILT SPARK grant designed to help students develop effective collegiate study strategies (particularly in “STEM” courses). Over the next year we – a group of Harvard STEM instructors and staff – will develop mini-lessons through which STEM instructors can transparently teach their students evidence-based metacognitive study strategies, and we will track the progress of the courses in which these lessons are used to evaluate their effectiveness. We are looking for a graduate student who will conduct a literature review and translate best practices into lessons.
Preferably, the candidate will be a doctoral student with either coursework or a background in educational research, cognitive psychology, metacognition, motivating students, etc.
This position will be compensated at $25/hr for approx. 6-10 hrs/wk for the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested, please email Marty Samuels, Associate Director for Science at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, at email@example.com.
Learning Lab Undergraduate Fellows
Learning Lab Undergraduate Fellows (or LLUFs) collaborate with the Bok Center’s Learning Lab to help Harvard faculty members design and test assignments that utilize innovative modes of communication such as movement, drawing, speaking, and more. LLUFs have the opportunity to explore and become proficient in a broad range of media, many of them digital (e.g. Cinema 4D animation software, Unity game development software, and Final Cut Pro X). This training enables LLUFs to contribute to helping the Harvard community—from undergraduates to faculty—become literate in alternative modes of communicating knowledge. The job requires:
- Communicating with faculty members to develop projects
- Designing assignment prompts and, if applicable, relevant resources to get students up to speed in new media.
- Comfort being in front of a camera, and additionally being interviewed, recorded and observed interacting with new technologies and teaching approaches.
- Willingness to experiment with new tools, software, and bodies of knowledge. There is no need to be an expert in one thing!
- Team players who are able and excited to work effectively as a team.
- Hours are flexible and dependent on each student’s time.
LLUFs are hired on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows
The Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows (UPFs) are a small team of undergraduates who work on issues of power and privilege in learning spaces across Harvard College. UPFs develop and deliver workshops on undergraduate identities for TFs and faculty, and assist with wider Bok Center programming on equity and inclusivity in the classroom. In particular, they focus on the experience of students of marginalized identities in order to understand and communicate how institutional structures and interpersonal relationships perpetuate patterns of social oppression. The aim of the UPF program is to provide instructors with tools to understand their role in facilitating classroom power dynamics harmful to marginalized students, and to offer strategies for shaping those dynamics toward more equitable and inclusive ends.
Culture and Communication Consultants
Culture and Communication Consultants are undergraduates hired and trained by the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars. They provide international graduate students with an undergraduate perspective on issues related to teaching and academic life at Harvard. They act as course assistants in Bok seminars to give feedback on both teaching and language skills, and are also available for one-on-one discussions and language practice.
Undergraduate Mentors at the Harvard Ed Portal
As Harvard Ed Portal Mentors, Harvard undergraduates have the opportunity to engage 1st-12th grade students in one-on-one interdisciplinary projects, lead focused, small group clubs and teach in afterschool science programs. Our undergraduates are responsible for creating activities that capture student interest and meet student need, weaving together creative and expository writing, public speaking, math, science, technology, and the arts. Susan Johnson, Assistant Director for Socially Engaged Learning, supervises a cohort of 25-30 undergraduate mentors each term who meet regularly to discuss pedagogy and content development, and engage in reflective writing practice. Undergraduate mentors develop an awareness of different approaches to teaching and diverse modes of learning, reflect on cultural and economic differences, and develop communication skills. Ed Portal Mentors are hired at the beginning of each semester.