Pedagogy Fellows

After a successful and insightful pilot last year, the Pedagogy Fellowship program is now open to applicants interested in joining a new cohort of fellows for the 2021–22 academic year.

The Pedagogy Fellowship program provides an exciting opportunity for students to gain hands-on instructional experience while supporting the educational mission of the Harvard Chan School. Fellows have the opportunity to network with and learn from faculty, instructors, TAs, and one another.

About the fellowship

Fellows receive support and guidance from the Dean for Education and OED colleagues, meeting regularly to solve challenges in the ever-changing educational landscape and share these solutions with the School’s teaching community. Fellows also have opportunities to engage in joint programming with the Harvard Chan Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Fellowship, the Harvard Medical School’s Curriculum Fellowship, and others involved in teaching and learning improvements across the University.

Pedagogy Fellows work on a variety of educational efforts to complement and expand the work of course-based TAs. Fellows’ work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting with TA training, leading TA workshops, and providing ongoing support for the TA community
  • Working with the School’s course support team to help develop, design, or redesign courses
  • Guiding and implementing pedagogical improvements
  • Providing course-based TAs with course materials, resources, and guidance for improving syllabi, course websites, assessments, and assignments
  • Developing curated, evidence-based resources for the teaching and learning community at Harvard Chan (e.g. short guides on key topics, providing timely “tips” via podcast for TAs)
  • Helping departments/programs with curricular reviews and curricular renewal
  • Helping departments/programs with priority teaching and learning projects

Eight fellows will work with academic department leadership to prioritize problem areas and implement solutions. Two additional fellows will serve as leads to help coordinate, organize, and support the departmental fellows.

The Pedagogy Fellows participate in a summer training program and bimonthly professional development seminars throughout the academic year. All Pedagogy Fellows will also be required to take one of two Harvard Medical School teaching courses (unless previously taken).

Fellows for the 2020–21 academic year

Beth Stelson, MSW, LSW, MPH (Lead Fellow)
PhD candidate: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Areas of interest: Teaching social and behavioral science methods; discussion-based/seminar courses; curriculum development; designing trauma-informed classrooms
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Joy Shi, PhD, MSc  (Lead Fellow)
Post-doctoral fellow: Epidemiology
Areas of interest: Teaching causal inference, quantitative methods, and coding; assessing student learning; communicating across diverse student and teaching teams
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Melissa Barber, MPhil
PhD candidate: Global Health and Population
Ares of interest: Health systems and political economy courses; online course student engagement; applied course modules; developing and grading writing assignments

Leeann Comfort, PhD, MPP
Post-doctoral fellow: Health Policy and Management
Areas of interest: Healthcare policy; translating evidenced-based pedagogy into practice; inclusive classrooms for students with different learning needs

Christina Howe, RN
PhD candidate: Biostatistics
Areas of interest: Online quantitative/statistics teaching and labs; making quantitative courses accessible for students outside biostatistics

Abrania Marrero
PhD candidate: Nutrition
Areas of interest: Reflective guidance for TAs; interdisciplinary curriculum development; teaching quantitative methods

James Potter, SM
PhD candidate: Global Health and Population
Areas of interest: Political economy and quantitative methods courses; learner-centered curriculum design; TA professional development

Francesca Tomasi
PhD candidate: Immunology and Infectious Disease
Areas of interest: Developing real-world examples; application-based teaching; student mentorship; formative course evaluation

Katie Tomsho, MPH
PhD candidate: Environmental Health
Areas of interest: Designing inclusive classrooms; managing course logistics; teaching social determinants of health in environmental health courses

Yaguang Wei, PhD, MS
PhD candidate: Environmental Health
Areas of interest: Strategies to assess student learning; testing in quantitative courses; TA professional development; understanding student stressors

Stacey Yu
PhD candidate: Environmental Health/Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences
Areas of interest: Human physiology and environmental health courses; applying the science of learning to course design; integrating classroom lecture and discussion