About the Faculty

Harvard students have immediate access to some of the world’s greatest scholars. Nobel laureates lead introductory courses. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors teach General Education courses. National Book Award winners give Freshman Seminars.

From First-Year Faculty Dinners to intensive seminars, Harvard students engage and collaborate with faculty in many different contexts. Professors have a vested interest in students' success and share a deep commitment to undergraduate education. 

Learn about Harvard faculty's diversity, climate, and history, or explore individual faculty members' research from the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.

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Collaborative Learning: Harvard College Faculty Engagement

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Video description: Working side by side with undergraduates, Harvard professors encourage students to see with new eyes. Through research, coursework, and casual interactions, students and faculty learn from and challenge each other on a daily basis.

Connecting with Faculty

Students at Harvard develop meaningful relationships with a variety of individuals across the University. Student relationships with professors, preceptors, teaching fellows, administrators, coaches, and staff are especially cherished and often result in enriching academic experiences, professional collaborations, and even lifelong friendships.

Music professor, Alex Rehding, (from left) talks with Jake Tilton '19 and Jacob Link '19 inside the Office for Career Services during a dinner with arts and humanities faculty and students.

Music professor, Alex Rehding, (from left) talks with Jake Tilton '19 and Jacob Link '19 inside the Office for Career Services during a dinner with arts and humanities faculty and students. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.

Starting from the first day they arrive on campus, students are provided with both formal and informal opportunities to interact with faculty members on a deeper level. Professors will often spend time with students before and after class in addition to their weekly office hours. They have meals with students in dining halls and accept invitations to the First-Year Faculty Dinner. Many professors will attend House events, cheer students on during their athletic competitions, and support student theater performances and art showcases. Some students work closely with a professor in a research lab or act as an assistant for their work.

In addition to these informal interactions with faculty, Harvard has a variety of Faculty-Student Initiatives that support first-year academic life and increase student-faculty engagement. These initiatives include workshops about study skills or library research, events like the First-Year Faculty Dinner, and more.

Learn more about connecting with faculty.