Connecting with Faculty

  • Unlocking the Ancient Near East

    First-Years tour the Harvard Semitic Museum with Egyptologist Peter der Manuelian

  • Weighing Global Climate Change

    Students discuss climate change over lunch at the Harvard Museum of Natural History with Professor Jim McCarthy

  • Faculty Luncheons in Dean's Residence

    Students discuss the role and size of government with Karen G. Mills, former Head of the Small Business Association

  • Dining with Faculty in Annenberg

    First-Year students can invite faculty to join them for a meal in Annenberg at any point in the year.

  • Small groups of first-year students share dinner and discussion with faculty members through the Uncommon Fare program.

    Uncommon Fare

    Small groups of first-year students share dinner and discussion with faculty members through the Uncommon Fare program.

One benefit of being a student at Harvard is the opportunity to develop relationships with the professors, preceptors, teaching fellows, administrators, coaches, and staff who help make Harvard a world-class institution. These individuals can be great mentors and resources, helping students find direction and support in all aspects of life. Therefore, first-year students are encouraged to spend time with faculty outside of the classroom setting.

First-Year Faculty Dinners

Once a term, the DSO organizes a formal First-Year Faculty Dinner, where first-year students are encouraged to invite a professor to join them for a meal at Annenberg. This event is always popular, providing students with a chance to get to know their professor in a more social setting. And remember, faculty, preceptors, and teaching fellows can join students for a meal in Annenberg any time at no cost to the student.

Faculty Luncheon Series

The Dean of Students Office also organizes a series of Faculty Luncheons which are held each term and are a great way to get to know a faculty member and her or his scholarly work and research. The luncheons are often organized around a topic, and are meant to promote casual conversation about shared interests between students and faculty.

Additional Opportunities to Meet Faculty

Many academic departments, College offices, and University centers also offer unique opportunities for students to get to know faculty and members of the administration. For instance, the Institute of Politics, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Harvard College Women’s Center, and Office for the Arts often host lectures and special programs that connect students and faculty around current events and global issues. And the Advising Programs Office also invites students to Professors and Pastries, a program where faculty discuss how they came to academia over sweet treats. The Office of Undergraduate Education funds the Classroom to Table Program, which fosters conversation and academic connections among students and faculty over a meal at a Harvard Square restaurant that is arranged and paid for by the College.

The DSO also encourages first-year students to attend professors’ office hours to discuss a range of topics, including questions about a course, shared interests, and academic advice. To prepare first-year students to take advantage of office hours, the DSO’s First-Year Experience Program often hosts, “Making the Most of Office Hours.”