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Assistant Director, Assessment

Assistant Director, Assessment



Reporting to the Executive Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, the Assistant Director, Assessment, will:


Consult with faculty and Bok Center staff to assess individual courses and assignments. Generate formative feedback about course activities, assignments, and learning experiences developed at the Bok Center. Design protocols and instruments; conduct surveys, focus groups, and observations, as appropriate; analyze data; and write up reports and recommendations.

Conduct assessments of the Bok Center’s programs and services:

  • Design and implement processes to assess the impact of the Center’s programs and services.

  • Develop strategies for making data-informed decisions about the Center’s work, including identifying constituent needs and attitudes about teaching and learning.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and other senior staff to disseminate evidence of the Center’s impact.

Develop resources and documentation about assessment for dissemination, including information for the Bok Center website. Offer training and workshops on topics that may include assessment processes, and data analysis and visualization.

Basic Qualifications
  • Master’s degree required
  • 5+ years of experience in research methodology, statistics, and data analysis
  • Candidates with a PhD and at least 2 years of experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications

  • PhD preferred. Advanced degree in the social sciences, education, research/statistics, cognitive or educational psychology, science education, or a related field desirable.
  • At least two years teaching experience at the undergraduate level preferred.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods. Excellent computing skills and proficiency with statistical analysis software. Knowledge of qualitative research methods and design (including surveys, focus groups, interviews). Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data, and to present results in multiple forms.
  • Experience in designing and implementing strategies for directly and indirectly measuring student learning in higher education.
  • Creative, motivated, and independent. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning or discipline-based education research, preferred. Familiarity with educational development and inclusive teaching.
  • Strong consultation skills, including the ability to listen to partners, create trusting relationships, and identify and frame pedagogical challenges and opportunities. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with staff, faculty, and students.


Pedagogy Fellows

  1. Department/Program-Based Pedagogy Fellows. Graduate students who are enrolled in one of the 23 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.

    Meet the Current Fellows
    The application for the 2020-2021 cohort opens Monday, December 2.

  2. 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.

Meet the Current Fellows
The application for the 2020-2021 cohort opens Monday, December 2.

Contact Rebecca Miller Brown with Queries

Learning Lab Fellows

  1. Learning Lab Graduate Fellows. GSAS students with teaching experience and a willingness to explore unconventional modes of communicating, making, and creating in the classroom may apply for a year-long position. Graduate fellows are paid hourly and have flexible schedules, but are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week, or the equivalent of one section, at the Learning Lab. Consult the full job description for Learning Lab Graduate Fellows.

    Meet the Current Fellows

    Apply (deadline: Friday, May 10. Thereafter applications will be considered if spaces remain)

  2. Learning Lab Media Fellows. The Learning Lab hires graduate students and members of the Harvard community to support courses and special projects via their media skills, including videography, photography, coding, speaking, performance, curation, and game design, among others. Media Fellows are paid hourly and hired on a rolling basis. Consult the full job description for Learning Lab Media Fellows.

Meet the Current Fellows

Apply (deadline: rolling)

Contact Lauren Davidson with Queries

K-12 Outreach Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences can share their passion for discovery with K-12 students through a variety of programs.  Click here to apply to any of the following outreach activities:

  • Communicate your research to high school biology teachers and lead workshops that further their content knowledge and give them new data or tools to bring into their classrooms.
  • Be a Teaching Fellow for visiting high school biology classes on campus.     
  • Be a semester-long teacher for Allston-Brighton high school students, meeting weekly with the students to teach lab skills that will enable them to be placed in summer lab apprenticeships.    
  • Mentor a high school student in your life sciences-based laboratory for 6 weeks in the summer as part of our Lab Skills Workforce Apprentice program.  This program is supported by and uses curriculum from the Amgen Biotech Experience.
  • Participate in an Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) workshop for TFs and high school biology teachers.  These 2–3 day workshops in January and July will fortify your general skills as a laboratory TF, acquaint you with the specifics of the ABE biotech curriculum and give you the opportunity to learn alongside and from highly skilled teachers.  This ABE training can lead to further opportunities with our high school programs
  • Participate in "Project Teach," by providing an on-campus classroom experience to visiting 7th graders from Boston and Cambridge.  

Graduate students and postdocs are hired on a rolling basis for these opportunities; many of them receive hourly or stipend compensation.

Contact Susan Johnson with queries
Explore our Life Sciences Outreach website for high school educators
Apply (deadline: rolling)

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


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.

Contact Katie Gilligan with queries
Meet the current fellows

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, run sessions on ethically engaging community in Engaged Scholarship courses, 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.

            Contact Noelle Lopez and Eleanor Craig with queries
            Meet the current fellows

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.

Contact Sarah Emory with queries
Frequently Asked Questions
Meet the current consultants
Watch Culture and Communication Consultants Discuss Their Role
Apply (deadline: rolling)

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.

Contact Susan Johnson with queries