Dear Colleagues, 

In 2015-16, the Bok Center celebrated its 40th anniversary. In the years since its founding, the Bok Center has grown and expanded well beyond its initial focus on reflective practice through videotaping of instructors. At the 40th anniversary of its creation, the Bok Center rededicated itself to the mission of enhancing learning at Harvard by integrating our traditional strengths in cultivating better instructors with an expanded focus on discovering new approaches to teaching and learning, coupled with researching their efficacy in the classroom and beyond.

2015-16 was a year of remarkable growth at the Bok Center. 

  • We launched the Learning Lab, designed to foster and support faculty creativity. In its inaugural year, we worked with a dozen faculty members on in-depth projects to introduce new modes of assignments and activities into Harvard classrooms.
  • We expanded the range of workshops, courses, and programming designed to cultivate excellence in teaching among faculty and graduate students, and we created a new initiative for applied theatre as a mechanism for addressing challenging topics surrounding diversity and inclusive teaching.
  • Through new and ongoing fellows programs for undergraduate and graduate students, we have continued to support students’ development as teachers at Harvard, as future faculty, and as future leaders in higher education.
  • Through our Educational Research and Assessment group, we undertook major evaluation projects that included assessment of the University’s first blended degree program, the athletics program, and House Renewal.

With pleasure, we share with you here highlights from the year, and features that delve more deeply into selected stories of our activities. We look forward to another exciting year of discovery, cultivation, and research at the Bok Center.

Best wishes,

Robert Lue

Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning