Careers - Teaching
The information on this page is meant to serve as starting point for students who are exploring career options in academia and beyond. Many of the listed organizations and publications are intended specifically for students. Information will be updated regularly; please contact Karen Harmin (karen_harmin [at] hms.harvard.edu) to suggest an update. In addition, students are encouraged to get in touch with the contact people associated with each of the career areas in the DMS "Paths Program."
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Education Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career involving education with alumni, professors and education professionals.
Promotes careers in teaching and science education. Sponsors nanocourses and seminars in career development, teaching, etc.
Sponsors workshops, seminars, and training opportunities focused on teaching skills. May be of particular interest for students interested in teaching at a liberal arts college, community college, or high school. Also sponsors workshops on general public speaking skills and written communication skills.
Another resource for training as a teacher (especially for community college or high school level teaching).
A professional organization of faculty who teach and advise undergraduates, associated with the Society for Neuroscience. A useful resource for those considering an academic career at a liberal arts college or other institution where undergraduate teaching is a major part of the job description.
The leading periodical focusing on current issues in higher education, especially undergraduate education. News, advice, job postings. Enter via the Harvard library system to access our site license for on-line subscription.
Paid part-time positions as Teaching Fellows are available for PiN students in many Harvard courses. Interested students should contact the course director listed in the Harvard Course Catalog. In recent years, PiN students have served as TFs in the following courses:
HST 130 / NB 200 - Introduction to Neuroscience
NB 209 - Neurobiology of Disease
NB 204 / NB 721 - Neurophysiology of Central Circuits
MCB 129 - Molecular Genetics of Neural Development and Behavior
Cell Bio 308qc - Introduction to Histology
MCB 80 - Neurobiology of Behavior
MCB 115 - Cellular Basis of Neuronal Function
OEB 105 (formerly 205) - Neurobiology of Motor Control
APMTH 115 - Mathematical Modeling
MCB 146 - Experience-Based Brain Development: Causes and Consequences
MCB 105 - Systems Neuroscience
MCB 186 - Circadian Biology
MCB 145 - Neurobiology of Decision-Making
Discusses combining research and teaching during a postdoctoral fellowship.
HHMI Teaching Initiative
HHMI sponsors postdoctoral teaching fellowships at many undergraduate
institutions. There seems to be no central listing of these
opportunities, but a web search of "HHMI postdoctoral teaching" leads
to many links.