Pedagogy Fellows

After a successful and insightful pilot last year, the Pedagogy Fellowship program is currently reviewing submitted applications for 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 instructional community. Fellows will 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 (PFs) work on a variety of educational efforts to complement and expand the work of course-based TAs. On average, fellows tend to work 10-12 hours per week. 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 will learn more about evidence and best practices for topics such as:

  • Curriculum development
  • Giving and receiving instructional feedback
  • Structuring and facilitating equitable learning
  • Understanding different ways students learn
  • Effective online teaching strategies
  • Portfolio development

Fellows for the 2021–22 academic year

Katie Tomsho (Lead PF)
PhD candidate: PHS, Environmental Health

Derek Shyr (Lead PF)
PhD candidate: Biostatistics

Nick Arisco (PF in Global Health and Population)
PhD Candidate: PHS, Global Health and Population

Mary Bushman (PF in Epidemiology)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Epidemiology

Pritha Chatterjee (PF in Social and Behavioral Sciences)
PhD Candidate: PHS, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sophia Hua (PF in Nutrition)
PhD Candidate: PHS, Nutrition

Jane Liang (PF in Biostatistics)
PhD Candidate: Biostatistics

Unnati Mehta (PF in Environmental Health)
PhD Candidate: PHS, Environmental Health

Sydney Stanley (PF in Immunology and Infectious Diseases & Molecular Metabolism)
PhD Candidate: BPH