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Head Teaching Fellow 

Head Teaching Fellow needed for Societies of the World 47: Contemporary South Asia: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Social and Economic Problems. This is a University-wide platform course jointly offered with GSAS, HBS, HGSE, HKS, HLS, and HSPH, and coordinated by Prof Tarun Khanna (HBS) and co-taught by Rahul Mehrotra (GSD), as well as two other Harvard faculty. The course focuses on several categories of social and economic problems faced by the countries of South Asia, with specific focus on the realms of Education, Health, Financial Inclusion, and Urbanization. The goal is to understand ways in which entrepreneurial action can effectively tackle major socioeconomic problems in South Asia, by combining knowledge of historical causes, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and context-specific knowledge of the commonalities and differences across South Asian countries.


  • Experience living and working in an emerging market/developing country (required)
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level (required)
  • Social Science background (preferred)
  • Familiar with modern history of an emerging market/developing country (preferred)
  • A third year doctoral student or more (preferred)
  • Able to teach again in Fall 2016 (preferred)


The role of the head teaching fellow is to assist the faculty course head with logistical and pedagogical aspects of the course. Duties include (but are not limited to): helping to coordinate the teaching staff, and general organizational work related to running of a course of ~60 graduate and undergraduate students (updating the course website, ensuring all readings are accessible, etc.). The head TF will also be the primary Teaching Fellow for all graduate students, a role that includes advising graduate students on course material and grading their assignments in collaboration with the rest of the teaching staff, which includes another TF who is responsible for undergraduate students.

This is a part-time position that begins August 1, 2015 and extends through December 31, 2015. Time requirement is estimated to be 6-14 hours per week. The Head TF is expected to attend all lectures on Monday & Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm and other course-related events scheduled during the semester.

If the Head TF is able to return in the academic year 2016-2017, we anticipate that he/she will also have the opportunity to play an essential role in updating the course curricula, designing assignments, and other tasks of his/her interest that help to enhance his/her teaching skill set.

Interested individuals should contact Nora Maginn ( with a CV and statement of interest.


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