The small and dedicated HILT team is made up of the individuals listed below. These colleagues, though, work with a very large HILT community comprised of hundreds of individuals. Many members of that community are reflected across this website. For example, through grant project teams, the TLC and affinity groups, the student network, and faculty participation in our colleague conversations. As Faculty Director of HILT, I invite you to be in touch with members of the team or me directly to get involved with our collective work to facilitate innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard.

– Dustin Tingley, Faculty Director, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching


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Melissa Tarr

Manager of Programs and Outreach

As HILT’s Manager of Programs and Outreach, Melissa performs a variety of specialized and administrative functions to increase the initiative’s visibility and cross-school collaborations through the development and distribution of information and materials. She currently manages the Teaching and Learning Consortium (TLC), VPAL’s Into Practice e-letter, and the annual conference, among other programs.

Prior to joining HILT in September of 2015, she worked in the Controller’s Office at New England Law | Boston for seven years. Melissa earned her M.B.A. with a dual concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management and Leadership & Organizational Transformation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Science from the University of Maine at Farmington.
(617) 496-7054

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Cassie McGrath

Program Coordinator

As HILT’s Program Coordinator, Cassie handles an assortment of administrative tasks to support HILT’s overall mission of catalyzing innovation and excellence in learning and teaching. She also assists with specialized strategic projects and events.

Prior to joining HILT in May of 2018, Cassie was a Program Coordinator for the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard for almost four years. Cassie has a Masters in Management from the Harvard Extension School as well as a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Anthropology from Northeastern University.
(617) 495-2722