Teaching as Professional Development

What can you learn from teaching, as you think about your goals and your future career? Whether you're considering the academic job market or contemplating a career outside of the university, the skills you develop as a teacher, such as communicating clearly, engaging different audiences, and working on a team, are a crucial part of your professional development. The Bok Center is here to help you find your voice as both a teacher and scholar as you develop professionally.

Teaching Matters

We all know how much teaching matters, but have you ever stopped to consider all of the ways in which it is so important, not just for students, but for teachers? We interviewed faculty, graduate students, and recent PhDs about the impacts of teaching on them, their students, and the broader community.

Check out our Teaching Matters video series

Bok Seminars and Workshops

We offer a range of Bok Seminars on Professional Development and Communication & Language. We can also work with you to tailor workshops on these topics for departments, programs, and other groups.

Learn more about BOK SEMINARS | Learn more about WORKSHOPS

Fellows Programs

A pedagogy fellow presents a poster during the program's capstone event.Experienced and creative graduate student teachers can apply to one of our fellows programs, designed to enhance teaching across the FAS and beyond, and to help the fellows themselves learn and develop professionally in communities of practice at the Bok Center. Our graduate student fellows engage in a range of activities, including working as peer consultants, developing teaching in their disciplines, designing creative assignments, and supporting STEM outreach.


Harvard Horizons

The Bok Center runs the mentoring and coaching program for the GSAS Harvard Horizons scholars. Harvard Horizons is designed to promote interdisciplinary sharing of PhD students’ big ideas and to help students develop compelling ways to communicate their scholarship to a general audience.


More Professional Development Resources

Bok Guides

Bok Guides are a great starting point for instructors on a range of topics, including getting feedback, discussion leading, and public speaking.

Job market guidance. Whether you’re on the academic job market or preparing for positions outside of academia, reflecting on your teaching experience 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-scholar that you want to be.