Workshops

PFs and post itsWe offer workshops for PhD students and instructors at all stages on a wide range of topics in teaching, learning, and communication, including public speaking, communicating your research, active learning and inclusive teaching, teaching with images and objects, using feedback to improve your teaching, and writing a teaching statement. In addition to the workshops we host at the Bok Center, we welcome requests to design and deliver custom workshops for specific audiences.

2023 Jan 17

Spring Ahead: Fundamentals for New TFs

1:15pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

Are you a new Teaching Fellow, wondering how to prepare for your first semester of teaching? PhD students who have completed the self-study modules on our Hit the Ground Running Canvas site are invited to this interactive workshop where we will review key components of each core module, starting with ...

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2023 Jan 18

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Teachers

9:15am to 10:30am

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Ashlie Sandoval, Assistant Director, Equity & Inclusion

Are you a teaching fellow who could benefit from a moment to slow down, relax, and recharge? Come join us in this mindfulness session. Mindfulness is about cultivating the ability to be fully present, observing the moments of your life with curiosity and openness, without being distracted by regrets of the past or worries about the future. For this session, we’ll explore the concept and practice of mindfulness by engaging in guided mindfulness meditations, and we’ll conclude with tips on...

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2023 Jan 18

Using Growth Mindset to Improve Teaching and Learning

10:45am to 12:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Tamara Brenner, Executive Director

Growth mindset—the belief that your skills and intelligence are malleable and can be improved with hard work and practice—has been shown to be a vital aspect of learning. In this session, we will focus on developing a growth mindset for ourselves and for our students, and why both are important. You will leave with concrete strategies for helping students focus on how to thrive—rather than just survive—in their college classes by considering themselves on a journey towards developing new skills and knowledge in...

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2023 Jan 18

Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

As scholars, we are always developing our research, but how do we think about learning and growing as a teacher? In this session, we will consider how to set teaching development goals and what tools we can use to gauge our progress. We will learn a framework for reflective teaching to explore these questions and build our teaching toolkit considering what we can learn from 1) self, 2) students, 3) colleagues, and 4) scholarship. TFs who want to learn more are invited to our new Bok Seminar in...

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2023 Jan 18

Engaged Pedagogy in the Arts and Sciences

2:45pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Flavia Perea, Director, Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship
Caitlin Schmid, Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship, Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship

Engaged scholarship integrates civic and community engagement into undergraduate education through an emphasis on civic purpose—an intention to contribute to the world beyond the self. How can you teach content to encourage consideration of ethics? How can your pedagogy help students learn to responsibly apply their knowledge to real-world situations? In this session, we will...

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2023 Jan 19

Staying Mindful During Challenging Moments in the Classroom

9:15am to 10:30am

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Ashlie Sandoval, Assistant Director, Equity & Inclusion

Even in the best-designed courses challenging moments can still emerge. Instructors and students might be tasked with engaging with materials or comments that conflict with their worldview; they may encounter or perpetuate microaggressions in the classroom; or they may become activated by course content. When classroom discussions and activities result in unforeseeable, unintended, or unwanted outcomes, those moments can be stressful for instructors. How can you stay present and...

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2023 Jan 19

Mentoring: How to Advise and Be Advised

10:45am to 12:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy

As a graduate student, poised at an early stage of your academic career, you are accustomed to being on the receiving end of mentoring. You’ve probably developed a sense of the kinds of advice, interactions, and power dynamics that are helpful (as well as those that aren’t). Soon, if not already, the tables may turn, and you will be called upon to mentor others—whether a senior thesis advisee at Harvard, a group of undergraduates or graduate students in your first academic job, or the staff of a lab at a...

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2023 Jan 19

Planning, Setting Goals, and Measuring Success: Using Backward Design as a Teacher-Scholar

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Eleanor Finnegan, Assistant Director, Faculty Programming

How do you plan a section or a syllabus? Where should you start as you look at the material you want to cover as a teacher, learner, or scholar? This workshop introduces a method of curriculum planning called backwards design. The idea is simple: you can’t start planning how you’re going to teach (or learn, or write) until you know what your goals are. What should students be able to do at the end of a section? At the end of a course? Backward design can help you articulate your goals and...

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2023 Jan 19

How to Get Students from Reading and Discussing to Writing

2:45pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Jonah Johnson, Assistant Director, Writing Pedagogy

From an instructor’s perspective, students’ progress from “doing the readings” to “turning in the paper” can feel like a black box: How do reading and class discussion turn into words on the page? In this session, we will bring that process out into the light, modeling practical approaches to writing assignments that will help your students engage with every stage of the writing process—from class discussion itself to formulating a possible thesis to working with evidence to other pre-draft...

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2023 Jan 20

Reflecting on Teaching and Learning with Presence

9:15am to 10:30am

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Erika Bailey, Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theater; Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media

We spend most of our time preparing for class by focusing on what we need to cover— what we need to SAY. But are we actually reaching our students? Our physical as well as our vocal presence play an integral role in our ability to communicate our ideas and engage students. Using exercises from the theater that strengthen mindfulness and increase vocal and physical expressiveness, we will explore strategies to keep our students present and...

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2023 Jan 20

Communicating Your Research

10:45am to 12:00pm

Location: 

125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

How do you respond when someone asks you what you are working on? How can you describe your high-level research to your introductory students? Do you struggle to get out of the weeds and explain the big picture? In this session we will build upon what you learned in Erika Bailey’s Engaged Communication session to practice and get feedback on communicating your research. We consider how the basic principles of good pedagogy are also the basic principles of effective and engaging speaking: having...

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2023 Jan 20

Visual Communication

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

50 Church St. 3rd Floor Learning Lab Studio

Led by:
Marlon Kuzmick, Director of the Learning Lab, and the Bok Learning Lab Team

How do you use visuals to help your audience develop a schema to understand your work? In this session, you will explore how to communicate your work visually, and how visuals communicate structure to help your audience understand the main idea, whether you are teaching or presenting your research. You will explore the different roles visuals can play in a talk, analyze examples, learn some key principles of visual design, and practice with different tools to communicate...

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You can request tailored workshops for a department, a departmental pedagogy course, a course teaching staff, or your students. We can customize the message and the activities of the workshop to the particular needs of your group.

Please complete the form at right to request a custom workshop. If you have any questions about our workshops, please contact Pamela Pollock.

NB: Our Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows also offer a custom workshop on The Multiplicity of Harvard Undergraduate Identities; please visit that page to request an undergraduate-led workshop.