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Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy

Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy

Reporting to the Director of Pedagogy, the Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy cultivates excellence in teaching and learning and supports pedagogical innovation and experimentation among graduate students and faculty in the Division of Science and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The Assistant Director performs individual consultations and contributes to a wide array of Bok Center programming in order to strengthen undergraduate science education at Harvard, increase active learning across the disciplines, and foster inclusive classroom environments. Specific duties include:

  • Consult with faculty and graduate student instructors about topics that include effective teaching strategies, course and curricular improvement, and equity and inclusion in the STEM disciplines. 
  • ​Collaborate with faculty and Bok Center colleagues in designing or revising the materials and/or pedagogical strategies used in science (and science-related General Education) courses; this may include developing innovative assignments, activities, and instructional approaches, as well as syllabi.
  • ​Collaborate with colleagues in the Bok Center’s Pedagogy and Practice team to design and facilitate workshops and courses on pedagogy. This includes workshops for new and experienced graduate student teaching fellows and faculty, sessions at the Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week, and Bok Seminars (multi-session courses for graduate students that lead towards a teaching certificate).
  • Collaborate with the Director of Pedagogy, Director of Professional Development, and Assistant Director, Graduate Programming to mentor graduate students who work intensively with the Bok Center on teaching-related activities, especially the ca. 8 Pedagogy Fellows affiliated with science departments, helping them to enhance graduate students’ professional development.
  • Generate online resources about teaching, in collaboration with colleagues at the Bok Center; this may include written materials and other types of media. Participate in projects to document and share effective and inclusive teaching at Harvard.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Learning Lab at the Derek Bok Center to identify, engage, and support science courses interested in making extensive use of multimedia and/or experimental modalities of teaching.
  • ​Provide support for new initiatives that convene faculty to discuss topics of current interest in higher education, both at the Bok Center and beyond (i.e. with colleagues in the Division of Science, SEAS, the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching, et al.). As appropriate, conduct background research; support the development of resulting projects, activities, or courses; and write follow-up reports. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a STEM field or Science Education strongly preferred.
  • At least three years experience developing and teaching undergraduate courses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering equity and inclusion within undergraduate and graduate science education.
  • Experience with faculty and/or graduate student development, including experience leading workshops about teaching.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices in teaching and learning.
  • Experience applying science education research to curricular innovation.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills necessary, as well as strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies. 

Pedagogy Fellows

  1. 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

  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.

The application for the 2020-2021 cohort is now closed.
Meet the Current Fellows

Watch our video to learn more about the program
Contact Rebecca Miller Brown with queries

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.

Apply (Deadline extended: Sunday, March 22, 2020.)
Meet the Current 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.

Meet the Current Fellows
Contact Lauren Davidson with Queries

Teaching Fellows for High School Science Classes

  1. 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

  2. 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

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, 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 with queries
            Meet the current fellows
            Apply (application will close November 13, 2020)

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