In order to develop this important academic skill, SEAS PhD students teach as a Teaching Fellow (TF) at quarter time (0.25 FTE) for at least one semester in a SEAS course or in an FAS course (excluding Summer or Extension courses) taught by a SEAS faculty member. Students who were admitted via the Harvard Quantum Initiative may also teach in an FAS course (excluding Summer or Extension courses) taught by an HQI faculty member.
New TFs are expected to attend the appropriate sessions of the Derek Bok Center's Fall Teaching Week or Winter Teaching Conference.
TFing is optional for masters students, as is additional TFing for PhD students.
TF appointments are arranged between the individual student and course head; students are encouraged to contact course heads about opportunities well in advance of the start of the semester in which they would like to teach.
Resources for TFs include
- Their course heads, Head TFs, and former TFs in the course
- The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
- The SEAS Pedagogy Fellow, announced to the students each year
- Engineering Sciences 301 "SEAS Teaching Practicum"
Teaching Fellow Registration
If you are planning to serve as a TF, once you have confirmed with the course instructor that you will serve as a TF and that the instructor has an allocation available for you, please fill out the online "TF form" available here.
Please fill it out as soon as possible prior to the beginning of the semester in order to avoid processing, payroll, and advisor grant certification issues. Please also submit the form even if you will TF outside of SEAS (e.g., in FAS) so we can work with the appropriate program or department to process. Questions can be directed to Sarah Colgan in the Office of Academic Programs. Note that not all courses have TF allocations available prior to the course registration deadline, so please check with the instructor first. TF allocations made after the course registration deadline will be processed at that time.