Faculty News

Spring Faculty Meeting
Gen Ed

Faculty Consider Vision for New Gen Ed Courses

The chair of the General Education standing committee Edward J. Hall, also chair of the Philosophy Department, presented a vision for ideal courses and discussed opportunities and challenges for faculty teaching new Gen Ed courses.

Honoring Frank Gehry
Visual Arts

Gehry First Architect to Receive Harvard Arts Medal

Kicking off the 24th annual Arts First Festival, Frank O. Gehry became the first architect to receive the annual Harvard Arts Medal from University President Drew G. Faust in a ceremony Thursday.

Union Block Party
GSAS

Grad Students Rally for Harvard to Remain Neutral in Union Effort

Staging a rally and delivering a letter to University President Drew G. Faust’s office, graduate students on Thursday demanded that Harvard remain neutral and not interfere as they push for the right to form a union.

A Broken Pipeline: Minority Students and the Pathway to the Ph.D.
Race

A Broken Pipeline: Minority Students and the Pathway to the Ph.D.

While underrepresented minorities represent a small percentage of GSAS—and those who are here often struggle to stay afloat—administrators and individual departments are actively seeking to bolster their numbers and experience at Harvard.

Social Sciences Division

Fairbank Center Forms Student Group, Citing Interest in China

Members of the newly-formed Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Student Advisory Committee met for the first time this week to discuss how to increase undergraduate involvement at the Center.

Theater

TDM Concentrators Await Funding for New Magazine

Concentrators in Theater, Dance and Media are seeking funding for a new student publication that will showcase the work of students involved in campus performing arts.

The End of Bag Checks
Libraries

Cabot Library Sacks Mandatory Bag Checks

Responding to concerns about slow exit times, the Cabot Science Library recently ended its mandatory bag check policy, with other libraries looking to do the same.

GSAS Writing Center
GSAS

GSAS to Launch New Writing Center Next Fall

The center will be staffed by a director and three writing fellows, who will specialize in the sciences, arts and humanities, and the social sciences respectively.

Marketing The Humanities
Advising

Marketing the Humanities

A number of events over Advising Fortnight fit into the larger trend of job-oriented marketing within the Arts and Humanities as many concentrations seek to attract more students and address their career concerns through an increase in job-focused advising events, alumni interactions, and published materials.

Faculty Meeting at University Hall
Visual Arts

'Harvard Time' Could End By Fall 2018

Two pending proposals suggest to eliminate the unofficial seven-minute grace period between classes starting as early as fall 2018, in anticipation of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’s move to its new Allston campus in 2020.

FAS

Scholar Addresses Canada's Global Role

​Stephen J Toope ’79, current Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, spoke about ways that Canada could become more engaged in global affairs this Monday at a seminar organized by the Canada Program of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Harvard Thinks Global
FAS

Professors Warming to Prospect of Education Studies Secondary

An education secondary did not see initial success in gaining traction. But FAS members are now renewing their interest in the field.

Computer Science

Professors Ask Computers to Catch Cheating

Professors are more widely employing algorithms, from decades-old codes to ones created by instructors, as an automated means to detect plagiarism in student assignments.

College

Superhero Capes and Conversation Launch Advising Fortnight

Members of the Advising Programs Office donned bright-red capes at the packed kickoff for the Advising Fortnight in Annenberg Hall on Monday, allowing freshmen to learn about the College's 49 concentrations.

Alison Frank Johnson
Harvard Business School

In Campus Sexual Assault Conversation, Faculty Grapple with Role

Across Harvard's schools, faculty members are learning about sexual assault prevention and seeking to create courses to foster discussion on sex and sexuality, after the release of a sexual assault prevention report last month.