Meet the team behind the summit



Richard Light is the Carl H. Pforzheimer Professor of Education. His Ph.D. is from Harvard in Statistics. Light has been asked by four Harvard presidents over the past twenty years to explore ways to improve the undergraduate experience both at Harvard and also for a diverse group of other, quite different colleges.

To accomplish this he created the Harvard Assessment Seminars, a consortium of leaders from 25 colleges and universities, with the common goal to carry out research on enhancing college effectiveness.  One of Richard Light’s special interests is to work on strengthening the connections between high schools and success for students as they start colleges that are demanding.

Richard is author of Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds (2001). This book won The Stone Award for best book on education and society. It has become one of the three best selling books in the 98-year history of the Harvard University Press. He is coauthor of Summing Up: The Science of Reviewing Research with David Pillemer, 1984); and he is co-author of By Design: Planning Research on Higher Education (with Judith Singer and John Willett, 1990), both published by Harvard Univ. Press.  He has been Chairman of the Panel on Youth for the National Academy of Sciences, elected President of the American Evaluation Association, and has served as a member of the National Boards of the U. S. Government Accountability Office and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of The National Academy of Education. Richard has won the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for distinguished contributions to science, and has been named by Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor’s Lecture Series as one of America’s great teachers.

RObert A. Lue

Robert Lue is the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and elevating its profile on campus. Additionally, Rob is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard and has taught undergraduate courses since 1988, garnering recognition as one of Harvard’s foremost leaders in undergraduate education. Rob has a longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research. As the faculty director of the Harvard-Allston Education Portal, Rob oversees the integration of undergraduate education with community outreach on Harvard’s Allston campus, and in 2012, Rob’s extensive work on using technology to enhance learning took a new direction when he became the faculty director of HarvardX. At HarvardX, the Harvard component of the edX partnership in online education with MIT, Rob helps to shape Harvard’s engagement in online learning in a way that reinforces the university’s commitment to teaching excellence and works to expand Harvard’s reach and impact globally. For a decade, he served as the director of Life Sciences Education at Harvard, where he led a complete redesign of the introductory curriculum that created some of the largest and most popular science courses on campus.


As Executive Director of the Bok Center, Tamara provides leadership for programmatic activities to enhance teaching and learning, and she oversees administrative and financial activities at the Bok Center.Tamara has particular interests in science education and active learning. Tamara received a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, San Francisco, and a BA in biochemistry from Swarthmore College.


Colleen manages a variety of programs and initiatives essential to the Bok Center organizational goal of supporting the faculty and graduate student teachers at Harvard. Collaborating with subject matter experts, she works to facilitate programming that helps to showcase and make accessible the work of Harvard's best teachers.  Summit participants and speakers can contact Colleen with any questions regarding the Summit:

As Director of Administrative Services at the Bok Center, Samantha is responsible for the oversight of the administrative, financial, and staff operations. She holds a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

Samantha Reed