Pedagogy Fellows Program

Launched in 2022, the MAHPING Pedagogy Fellows Program is an innovative professional development opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral trainees at HMS and MSM to gain theoretical and applied knowledge of evidence-based, inclusive teaching practices. The cohort of Pedagogy Fellows - comprised of trainees from both HMS and MSM - attend an in-person teaching retreat and pedagogy workshop held either in Boston or Atlanta during the spring and apply their knowledge from the teaching workshop to collaboratively develop a short "nanocourse" that they will teach at both HMS and MSM the following fall.

Upon completion of the program, Fellows will have greater competency in evidence-based, inclusive teaching practices and an expanded scientific and mentorship network resulting from interactions with faculty and trainees at both HMS and MSM. The professional development opportunities offered by the MAHPING Pedagogy Fellows Program will further equip trainees to become leaders in their fields. Fellows receive funding to cover all travel expenses.

The MAHPING Pedagogy Fellows Program is funded by the Simons Foundation and the HMS Dean's Innovation Awards in Diversity and Inclusion.

Meet the Fellows!

We are excited to introduce the inaugural cohort of Pedagogy Fellows for 2022: Mikaili Abdullah (MSM), Brittany Bush (MSM), Ben Finander (HMS), Lucy Lai (HMS), Jackie Lin (MSM), Lauren Miner (HMS), and Rachel Swope (HMS). 

The fellows attended a pedagogy summit at MSM in April led by Dr. Mark Lee (Associate Professor, Spelman College and NSF Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) fellow), Dr. Morris Benveniste (Professor and Director of the BS/MS Program in Neuroscience, Morehouse School of Medicine) and Dr. Taralyn Tan (Lecturer and Director of Education for Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School) that covered the following topics:

  • Backward course design (including how to write and assess specific learning objectives)
  • Principles and strategies for inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy 
  • Writing teaching philosophy statements
  • Resources for continuing education and training as an educator

The Pedagogy Fellows are currently hard-at-work applying their knowledge from the workshop to design a new, 3-day nanocourse that was offered at MSM on September 21-23, 2022. It will next be offered at HMS on November 2-4, 2022. (More information is available on the Nanocourses page.)

2022 Pedagogy Fellows group photo. From left to right: Rachel Swope, Jackie Lin, Lauren Miner, Brittany Bush, Ben Finander, Mikaili Abdullah, and Lucy Lai
2022 Pedagogy Fellows at the spring teaching summit at MSM. From left to right: Rachel Swope, Jackie Lin, Lauren Miner, Brittany Bush, Ben Finander, Mikaili Abdullah, and Lucy Lai