Yasemin Kalender is an Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy, working mostly with students and faculty to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teaching and learning. She provides mentoring for Teaching Fellows at Harvard, offers one-on-one consultation with both faculty and graduate students, and conducts various workshops in STEM pedagogy (e.g., use of active learning methods). She is also excited to run STEM journal club discussions attended by various communities at Harvard.
Yasemin received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh and her B.S. degree in Physics & Astronomy from Bogazici University. Before joining the Bok Center, she was an Active Learning Initiative Postdoctoral Researcher at Cornell University. She helped oversee newly reformed inquiry-based laboratory courses in physics and trained graduate students in teaching these reformed labs. Yasemin has extensive teaching and research experiences in STEM, which informs her approach in implementing various tools in pedagogy for diverse learning spaces and diverse student groups. She looks forward to using these experiences to enhance STEM education at Harvard.