Each School at Harvard has established a set of guidelines that clearly articulate procedures and policies pertaining to teaching and advising. These School-specific faculty handbooks provide basic information for faculty about teaching and advising, but they are by no means exhaustive. They are primarily intended as a reference guide to assist faculty in understanding their roles and responsibilities as teachers and advisors at their School.
In addition, Harvard’s museums and science facilities offer numerous resources to facilitate interactive, hands-on approaches to pedagogy, which enable faculty to “apply the basic concepts and principles they teach to the solution of concrete problems, the accomplishments of specific tasks, and the creation of actual objects and out-of-classroom experiences”, as described in the new General Education Curriculum requirements. Faculty can seek assistance from our museums and science facilities in developing teaching resources which can link teaching and learning ever more closely with the many unique objects, artifacts and cutting-edge science equipment to be found at Harvard.
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning is an exemplary model for helping faculty become more fully informed about innovative pedagogies, and state-of-the-art teaching assessments and evaluation approaches, to address the interests and needs of a diverse student population. Instructors may also find the Advising Programs Office useful, as it provides resources for advising students about course selection, career opportunities, and counseling services. In addition, the undergraduate Education in Life Sciences Program maintains a website with multimedia resources for instructors, including videos of lectures delivered at Life Sciences events.
Links to the HMS Faculty Handbook are all accessible from the Office for Faculty Affairs website