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] 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."



Paths in DMS - Education

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.


Office of the Curriculum Fellows

Promotes careers in teaching and science education. Sponsors nanocourses and seminars in career development, teaching, etc.


Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

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.


Teaching Fellows program

Another resource for training as a teacher (especially for community college or high school level teaching).


Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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 Chronicle of Higher Education

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


Time to Teach?

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.


K-12 teaching Fellowships:
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program
NYC Teaching Fellows
Teach Tennessee

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