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Teaching Opportunities with Harvard Professional & Executive Development

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Interested in becoming part of a teaching team that makes a difference in the careers of professionals through the knowledge transfer of critical leadership and management skills?

Professional & Executive Development, part of the Harvard Division of Continuing Education portfolio, are focused on leadership development opportunities for working professionals. Professional & Executive Development’s programs (on-campus and online) bring together professionals from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds, primarily mid- to senior-level managers and directors who are able to draw on their work experience to effectively participate in program discussions and team exercises. Our offerings also attract top-level business professionals seeking to brush up on skills and learn new ones. 

Criteria for a Professional & Executive Development Instructor

Harvard DCE Professional & Executive Development is looking for instructors who are experts in their field and have the ability to translate their expertise and passion for a topic into world-class learning experiences. A Professional & Executive Development instructor should:

  • Be engaging, have command of a classroom, clearly articulate concepts, and introduce effective learning activities
  • Create a dynamic learning environment through varied teaching methods and bringing appropriate technology into the classroom
  • Display a willingness to collaborate with the Professional & Executive Development team, to make program changes based on participant feedback and ratings

A current or former Harvard affiliation is preferred — whether through awarded degrees, teaching, or employment — although those with comparable backgrounds will be considered.

Proposal Submission Process

While Professional & Executive Development’s program offerings typically fall under categories such as leadership, management, communication, innovation, business strategy, and marketing, we are also interested in actionable, cutting-edge programs that are at the forefront of new ideas.

The Professional & Executive Development team will accept proposals for new open enrollment topics on a rolling basis. Potential instructors should provide a brief outline of their program ideas by completing the new program proposal form

Note: For approved programs, the development process can take up to one year from receipt of initial proposal to program delivery. 

For additional questions, please contact:

Jennifer Lau
Associate Director for Professional & Executive Development