The Bok Center offers professional and scholarly development seminars - called Bok Seminars - for graduate students on a wide range of topics related to teaching and learning. These small-group, multi-session courses range from six sessions to full semester offerings, and meet for a minimum of 12 hours. Students can apply for seminars in a particular area of interest they would like to explore or further develop, on topics ranging from multimodal communication to active learning in the sciences. Seminars include a variety of activities; in some seminars, students primarily discuss readings about teaching and learning, while in others, students develop lesson plans and practice teaching.

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Enrollment in the seminars counts towards the Bok Center Teaching Certificate, which serves as a tangible marker of students’ commitment to teaching and learning. The Certificate is structured to give participants the opportunity to critically reflect upon their performance as teachers and to actively experiment with various modes of communication in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. Through this opportunity to develop their skills as teachers and scholars, Teaching Certificate recipients are required to:

"I can honestly say that [this seminar] brought about a complete transformation in my thinking about not only about designing a course, but also teaching it. The teaching was very effective because of the skill of the instructors, but also because of the clear utility of everything presented." - Bok Seminar Participant

  • Take at least three Bok Seminars or the equivalent,

  • Teach and work on their teaching practice,                         

  • Critically reflect on their teaching.

IN 2015-2016,  THE LARGEST NUMBER Of TEACHING CERTIFICATES WERE AWARDED SINCE THE PROGRAM’S INCEPTION