While the Bok Center's mandate extends chiefly to improving the quality of teaching and learning at Harvard, we also believe that the best way to improve teaching here is to prepare Harvard faculty and graduate students to become reflective practitioners for the duration of their careers.
The Job Market (i.e. Teaching Statements and Teaching Portfolios)
Thinking about how you will present your teaching experience and teaching persona on the academic job market can be useful not only as a way of preparing for a job interview, but also as a way of clarifying for yourself the kind of teacher that you want to be, and the kinds of things that you value in an educational setting—whether or not you are at the point of seeking, or even want to seek, a tenure-track position. While the Bok Center will always be less prepared than your academic supervisor to initiate you into the specific expectations around teaching statements and teaching portfolios which reign in your discipline, we are happy to offer general advice about how to talk about the things that you do in your classroom.
The Bok Center partners with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) to celebrate the winners of their teaching awards for lecturers and preceptors, graduate student TFs and TAs, and undergraduate CAs.