The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning


Phone: 617-495-4869
Fax: 617-495-3739
Location: Science Center 318, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-2901

The Bok Center is a great resource for Teaching Fellows (TFs). Since all grad students will probably teach at some point (either undergraduate or graduate students or both), this center is quite valuable. They have a whole host of services that include a teaching conference at the beginning of each semester (TFs teaching core classes for the first time are actually obliged to participate in it) and feedback mechanisms on teaching (through videotaping and counceling, classroom observation, making available student evaluation forms) throughout the semester.

They also offer seminars and talks about various teaching related issues and their friendly staff can be asked for advice in a walk-in clinic for specific problems. Specifically they also address topics like teaching American students, for international grad students, and teaching science to non-scientists.

They have some literature on gender issues in the classroom: The videotape "Women in the Classroom: Cases for Discussion," found here, and several essays in the journals found here, including "Why Women (and Men) Give up on Science," "Women and Men in the Classroom: Inequality and its Remedies," and others.