Programming

Whether you're interested in attending a one-hour lunch, enrolling in a six-week seminar, or finding a trusted partner with whom to workshop your ideas, the Bok Center's staff and fellows are ready to help you become the kind of teacher that you would like to be.

For Faculty

The Bok Center partners with faculty to think through their goals and ideas. From course design, to training your teaching staff, to evolving your classroom practice, we're here to help.

Programming Grad

Teaching is intimately connected to your growth as a scholar. From apprenticing for a faculty career to acquiring valuable skills in communication, the Bok Center is here to help you succeed.

Programming Undergrad

Through the Learning Lab and other initiatives, the Bok Center offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in designing their own educations and transforming the Harvard curriculum. 

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Upcoming Events

2020 Jun 05

Bok Seminar- Teaching and the Job Market: Getting from "TF" to "Colleague"

9:00am to 10:30am

Led by Adam Beaver and Eleanor Finnegan

Are you on or near the job market? Enthused or concerned about the prospect of assembling a teaching portfolio, writing a syllabus, or giving a teaching demonstration? Wondering what, exactly, a “teaching philosophy” is, and how you get one? While Harvard hopefully has given you opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your teaching, it is often the case that your career as a TF is shaped by forces beyond your control: that is to say, that you’ve taught in courses, in modalities, and with assignments set by someone else, which...

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2020 Jun 08

Bok Seminar- Problems and PSets: Creating and Teaching Questions in STEM

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Led by Marty Samuels and Tamara Brenner

As a TF for a  STEM course, you may be confronted with the task of writing problem sets and exam questions. How should you approach this task?  In this seminar we will focus on developing problems and questions for science and math courses, with a special emphasis on how to adjust for remote instruction. We will explore best practices, focus on crafting meaningful problems that motivate student learning and are based on the concepts and skills taught in your class, and will practice and get feedback on teaching the problems...

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2020 Jun 09

Bok Seminar- Preparing to Teach

10:00am to 12:00pm

Led by Pamela Pollock and Rebecca Brown

What can new TFs do to get ready for the first day of class and beyond? In this seminar, you will practically prepare to teach for the first time, learn about resources available to you as you begin your teaching career, and build confidence in the process! Given the likelihood of remote teaching and learning in the fall, we will help new TFs explore best practices for traditional section teaching and consider how those translate to a remote setting, and how to accomplish your goals remotely, considering the use of both Zoom and Canvas...

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2020 Jun 09

Bok Seminar- Teaching with Purpose: Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Pandemic

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Led by Eleanor Craig and Noelle Lopez

What makes learning meaningful and empowering for students? How can we as teachers develop practices that reflect our social values and commitments? How do we support students in bridging life experience and rigorous study? Considering the realities of teaching during a time of pandemic, this seminar will engage these questions through the lens of critical pedagogy. We'll examine the emergence of critical pedagogy in particular contexts of social justice struggles, and we'll explore ways to bring critical power analysis to teaching in a...

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2020 Jun 15

Bok Seminar- Speak Up! Pronunciation for International Teachers and Scholars

10:30am to 12:30pm

Led by Sarah Emory

As a non-native English speaking teacher or scholar, what are strategies you can apply to improve your intelligibility when speaking English? What are features of English pronunciation you can use to make it easy for others to follow you? This hands-on, interactive seminar is designed to help you assess your own pronunciation and provide focused practice on common issues that affect intelligibility. Each class, we will complete exercises and activities that highlight different pronunciation features such as intonation, word and sentence stress, pausing,...

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For Departments

The Bok Center welcomes opportunities to collaborate with departments and programs on large-scale initiatives like revising curricula, offering professional development opportunities to graduate students, and creating discipline-specific resources in areas like writing and speaking for undergraduates.

The Socially Engaged Learning initiative at the Bok Center supports faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in pedagogical approaches that impact K-12 education, helping faculty and students use their engagement in the community to inform their on-campus teaching and learning and to assess the value of socially engaged learning courses and activities.