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!
Learning Lab Graduate Fellows
The Bok Center's Learning Lab hires an array of graduate fellows from across the disciplines who will tackle special projects and explore innovative modes of teaching in collaboration with the center's faculty clients. Each year the Learning Lab identifies particular areas in which to focus its resources. Learning Lab Graduate Fellows are paid hourly and hired on a rolling basis.
Departmental Teaching Fellows
The Departmental Teaching Fellows Program appoints experienced and creative Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants to focus on enhancing teaching in their disciplines by consulting with their peers within departments, advising individual instructors, and creating training programs, workshops, seminars, and other teaching-related projects. Departmental TFs also benefit from the professional development they receive in the form of training and mentoring from the Bok Center, collaboration with their departmental faculty and administrators, and collaboration with one another on multidisciplinary projects. Departmental Teaching Fellows are paid by the term and hired during the spring preceding the academic year of their fellowship (e.g. Spring 2018 for AY 2018–2019).
Bok Writing Fellows
An initiative of the Harvard Writing Project, the Writing Center, and the Bok Center, the Bok Writing Fellows (BWF) Program appoints advanced graduate students to serve as in-house writing tutors for concentrators in departments. Responding to a perceived gap in the College’s support for undergraduate student writers, the BWF program aims to provide discipline-specific writing tutorial services to concentrators, services not currently available through the Writing Center or the house tutor program. The primary responsibility of the BWF is to hold weekly office hours and appointments to consult with students on the articulation, organization, and presentation of writing assignments for courses offered in the department. Typically the services of the BWF are especially valuable for students in sophomore and junior tutorials who are working to master unfamiliar disciplinary writing conventions. Aside from holding individualized consultations with students, the specific duties of the BWF, including the design and creation of writing-focused resources for their home department, are meant to be flexible and responsive to departmental needs. Bok Writing Fellows are paid by the term and hired during the spring preceding the academic year of their fellowship (e.g. Spring 2018 for AY 2018–2019).
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.
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 Consultants (Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars)
Undergraduate culture and communication consultants are hired and trained by the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars to give international graduate students an undergraduate perspective on issues related to teaching and academic life at Harvard. They work as course assistants in Bok courses and seminars to give feedback on both teaching and language skills, and are also available for one-on-one discussion, teaching and language practice.
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 in the spring for the following academic year.
For undergraduates who cannot commit the time necessary to be a Mentor, the Harvard Ed Portal Homework Coaching program utilizes undergraduate support for elementary through high school students in a drop-in setting.