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Teaching Fellows and a Head Teaching Fellow are needed for the Fall course Societies of the World 47: Contemporary Developing Countries Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Social and Economic Problems. This is a University-wide course jointly offered with FAS, GSAS, HBS, HGSE, HKS, HLS, and HSPH, and coordinated by Tarun Khanna (HBS) and co-taught by several other faculty from around the university.

About the course:

This course will provide a framework (and multiple lenses) through which to think about the salient economic and social problems of the five billion people of the developing world, and to work in a team setting toward identifying entrepreneurial solutions to such problems. Case study discussions will cover challenges and solutions in fields as diverse as health, education, technology, urban planning, and arts and the humanities. The modules themselves will be team-taught by faculty from engineering, the arts, urban design, healthcare and business. The course will embrace a bias toward action by enabling students to understand the potential of individual agency in addressing these problems. All students will participate in the development of a business plan or grant proposal to tackle their chosen problem in a specific developing country/region, emphasizing the importance of contextualizing the entrepreneurial intervention. The student-team will ideally be comprised of students with diverse backgrounds from across the University.
Course Notes: Offered jointly with the Business School as 1266, the School of Public Health as GHP 568, the Kennedy School as PED-338, the Law School as HLS 2543 and the Graduate School of Education as A-819.

Teaching Fellow Qualifications:

  • Must be a currently enrolled Harvard graduate student
  • Experience living and working in an emerging market/developing country (required)
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level (preferred)
  • Social Science background (preferred)
  • Familiar with modern history of an emerging market/developing country (preferred)
  • A third year doctoral student or more (preferred)


This is a part-time position that begins at the beginning of August and extends through December 31, 2016 (TFs will be compensated retroactively for catch-up work). Time requirement is estimated to be 10 hours per week. The 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. The TF will also teach 1 or 2 1 hour-long sections  per week (the number of and scheduling of sections will depend on student demand). Compensation is ~$5,220 per section.

Interested candidates should email Diana Nguyen ( with their resume/CV.