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Assistant Director, Assessment
Associate Director on Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Under the direction of the Bok Center’s faculty director, the Bok Center is leading the Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship, funded by a gift from Jorge Paolo Lemann to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Lemann program is designed to integrate essential skills in and approaches to creativity and entrepreneurship throughout Harvard’s liberal arts curriculum. It will have three interwoven components that collectively are meant to promote an actionable understanding of creativity and entrepreneurship among students as well as faculty. The components include:
1. New 4-credit courses that are based on a challenge-driven pedagogy where students learn concepts and skills from a particular discipline, but in the context of developing actionable proposals to address real-world challenges.
2. A new 2-credit short course focused on areas essential to harnessing creativity for entrepreneurship.
3. Events to build an intergenerational community of entrepreneurship in the FAS.
Reporting to the Faculty Director of the Bok Center, and with a dotted line to the Executive Director of the Bok Center, the Associate Director on Creativity and Entrepreneurship is responsible for executing the vision of the Lemann program and related programs in the area of fostering student entrepreneurship.
Duties and Responsibilities
Supports the development and implementation of Lemann courses, which will include departmental courses and a novel two-credit seminar on creativity and entrepreneurship. Collaborates with faculty and Bok Center staff to develop course syllabi and assignments. Supports the faculty course head of the two-credit seminar in identifying appropriate individuals from within and outside of Harvard to serve as teaching assistants; collaborates with these individuals to seamlessly integrate different modules.
Cultivates a network of individuals from across Harvard, local for-profits, and local non-profits, who have a range of areas of expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship and will serve as an advisory board for the Lemann program. Develops a mentoring structure that matches community partners with student projects.
Leads the development of events to build an intergenerational community of entrepreneurship in the FAS. This will include a biannual Festival of Ideas, where students will present the proposals they have developed in their coursework to an audience that includes faculty and community partners.
Develops workshops for faculty to develop new Lemann courses. Collaborates with expert units across campus, and invites outside speakers.
Identifies funding opportunities for students to continue entrepreneurship projects that they develop through their coursework. Engages external funders/organizations. Develops a process for students to apply for funds.
Coordinates distribution of Lemann funds to courses and instructional units across FAS and SEAS.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience
Relevant experience in design thinking and project-based learning. Knowledge of ideation; teamwork; business plan development and strategy; communication and public relations. Familiarity with data science or evidence-based business strategies a plus. Must have the ability to mentor students in creativity and entrepreneurial innovation.
Two years undergraduate teaching preferred. Knowledge of course development.
Creative. Collaborative. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work independently.
Experience working in a university setting preferred as well as experience working in any area of entrepreneurship (business; social; governmental)
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong financial and budgetary skills.
Project management abilities.
Must have the ability to coordinate internal and external partners.
Competency with Google Suite, MS Office Suite, and other tools designed to visualize strategic concept maps.
Director of Administration
Director of Administration
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Administration is responsible for facilitating the administrative, human resource, financial, and logistical operations of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Director of Administration collaborates closely with the Bok Center’s leadership team to ensure that the Center’s administrative needs are met.
- Leads financial operations and planning for the Center, including developing the Center’s budget, monitoring spending, forecasting various financial scenarios, and making strategic financial recommendations to Bok Center leadership. Ensures compliance with University and grantor policies and serves as the primary source of policy information for the Center.
- In partnership with Center leadership, oversees logistical and technological support functions for Center operations, including building and facilities management, space planning, database, IT services, website, and other shared operational resources. Develops and implements policies and procedures for effective administration of the Center.
- Directly supervises four administrative staff responsible for program/event management and administrative support; facilitates the work of the administrative staff in supporting programming led by Bok senior staff. Effectively manages the administrative staff, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment.
- Manages hiring, personnel, and related human resource functions for exempt and non-exempt staff. Oversees hiring and payroll for 200 students and temporary employees.
- Collaborates with the Executive Director and other members of the senior staff to report on the Center’s activities; coordinates the creation of an annual report and stewardship reports.
- Bachelor's degree
- 7 years of progressively responsible administrative management experience, including staff supervision, financial management, and experience in an academic or research environment.
- Graduate degree preferred
- Experience with Harvard financial and administrative systems preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; collaborative
- Outstanding project management, analytical, technical and organizational skills
- Proficiency using a variety of software applications including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and the Adobe Suite. Database experience preferred. Willingness to explore and learn new software tools.
- Ability to handle complex and confidential materials with discretion
Department/Program-Based Pedagogy Fellows. Graduate students who are enrolled in one of the 24 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.
Learning Lab Fellows
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.
Apply (deadline: Friday, May 1. Thereafter applications will be considered if spaces remain)
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.
Apply (deadline: rolling)
Digital Teaching Fellows
Digital Teaching Fellows (DiTFs) work to integrate digital tools and pedagogy into undergraduate courses. Each DiTF is appointed as a TF for a particular course and develops a digital project in collaboration with the course head and mentors from Bok’s Learning Lab and the Digital Scholarship Support Group. DiTF projects range from the creation of digital materials, such as websites, videos, or AR/VR experiences, to offering workshops and direct-to-student support on course assignments. DiTF positions are contingent on courses accepted to the program. See here for sample detailed expectations of DiTFs from Spring 2020.
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 1, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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.
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.