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. 



Upcoming Events

2022 Sep 28

Online Office Hours for FAS Faculty, Students, and Staff

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Thu Oct 20 2022 .
10:30am to 11:30am


Online; see Zoom link in the description

Drop in to have representatives of Academic Technology, the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and Harvard Library answer any of your questions about Canvas, Zoom, or technology in teaching.

Join via Zoom


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2022 Sep 29

Walk with Bok

Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Dec 16 2022 except Thu Nov 24 2022.
9:00am to 9:45am


Alleyway entrance to Harvest Restaurant, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Looking for a way to get your day off to a good start, to enjoy the autumn weather, and to connect with colleagues about your teaching victories and questions? Join a rotating crew of Bok Center staff for a weekly morning walk, every Thursday morning from 9:00–9:45 (weather permitting). We’ll meet in the alley at the entrance to the Harvest Restaurant and walk 1–2 bridges along the river before returning to campus. Bring the stories you’re dying to share, and the questions you’ve always meant to ask!


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2022 Sep 30

Bok Seminar - Intercultural Communication Skills for International PhD Students

Repeats every week every Friday, 8 times .
1:30pm to 3:30pm


125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by Sarah Emory

How do our cultures inform how we communicate, how we learn, and how we teach? New international PhD students navigate communication at Harvard on multiple levels: as students, as scholars, and as future teachers. In this interactive seminar, we will explore how our cultural values influence our communication in a range of academic and classroom situations. You will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and get feedback on cross-cultural communication skills for Harvard classrooms and beyond, with sessions devoted to academic culture, undergraduate...

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2022 Oct 03

Coffee Chats with the Culture and Communication Consultants

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Oct 31 2022 except Mon Oct 10 2022.
4:30pm to 5:30pm


CGIS Knafel Cafe

Do you want to learn more about undergraduate experiences, practice your English, and meet new people? Bring your coffee and join the Bok Center’s undergraduate Culture and Communication Consultants (CCCs) for drop-in conversations! No RSVP needed.

Additional times and locations will be added throughout the semester:...

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2022 Oct 04

Harvard Horizons Information Session

4:00pm to 5:00pm



Do you want to learn more about Harvard Horizons? Are you considering applying this year? Come to this information session!

  • Find out about the program
  • Get tips on preparing your application
  • Think about how to communicate your research
  • Learn more about the Bok Center’s work on engaged communication for PhD students


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More Events

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

Equity & Inclusion

The Bok Center aims to foster teaching and learning communities in which all students can learn and thrive in ways inclusive of their diverse backgrounds and identities.

Public events

Engaged Communication for PhD Students

Engaged Communication for PhD Students

April 1, 2022

Teaching is an act of scholarly communication, and developing communication skills is an important component of professional development. We offer programs in teaching and scholarly communication for PhD students at every stage, from newly matriculated students who want to develop strategies to more easily explain their work, to dissertation-stage students preparing to share short versions of their research on the Sanders Theatre stage. This year we focused on communicating in person (both with masks and without) after more than a year of being confined to a small square on...

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Bok Summit

Bok Summit Covered in Harvard Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education

May 3, 2019

Harvard Magazine recently published a comprehensive summary of the Bok Center’s Harvard Summit on Excellence in Higher Education. Held on April 4-5, the Summit brought together deans, provosts, and faculty from universities across the country to discuss whether - and how well - liberal arts colleges and universities are serving the public good....

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