You’re part of a vibrant and diverse community, where the academic freedom to work creatively and opportunities for personal and professional growth create a dynamic teaching and learning environment.
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (FD&D) handles Harvard University’s faculty affairs, guides Harvard’s policies and practices in all areas of faculty affairs, and provides intellectual leadership and coordination across the schools.
The Derek Bok Center offers multiple teaching programs, resources and support.
Below you’ll find information about the resources and support available to you as a Harvard faculty member. Make sure you take time to get to know the range of services and resources provided, so that you can take advantage of all that Harvard offers. The Benefits Enrollment Guide and the Harvard Benefits Enrollment Videos will help you learn more about your benefits.
We offer our faculty comprehensive benefit programs, including medical, dental, vision care, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts, as well as life and disability insurance options and legal and identity theft protection coverage and even discounted pet insurance. These benefits also include retirement plans:
- Harvard provides a fully-funded faculty retirement plan.
- Our tax-deferred savings account lets you invest and save additional funds for retirement.
- Eligible faculty can also contribute to a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan.
Services for you and your family
Whether your child is a newborn or a teenager, Harvard provides services and resources to help you with family challenges like:
- Finding and paying for child care.
- Reviewing schooling options.
- Parenting/new parent support.
- Locating elder care and senior care planning, with services such as facilitated family meetings and customized care plans
Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available anytime for help with family matters, legal difficulties, financial problems, personal problems, mental health and crisis care, and other issues. Employees and members of their immediate family/household can use the EAP.
Help with problems at work
Most workplace issues can be resolved by working with your department chair and/or local Faculty Affairs office. But some issues require more problem-solving. A directory of problem-solvers, including the Harvard University Anonymous Reporting Hotline and the University Ombudsman Office, is available at Solving Workplace Problems.
If you’re relocating to work for us, or just need a new place to live, Harvard provides resources to make it easier.
- Faculty Real Estate Services helps recruited faculty with all kinds of real estate questions: home buying and selling, moving, home pricing information, properties for sale and much more.
- The Mortgage and Education Loan Office administers loans and provides assistance with home-buying to faculty members.
- Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) offers start-to-finish guidance in the home-buying process along with a full range of banking and credit services.
Culture and enrichment
Your Harvard ID is your ticket to culture, both at Harvard and in the Cambridge/Boston area. Your ID gives you access to:
- World-class Harvard libraries
- Athletic facilities, memberships and recreational opportunities
- Free admission or significant discounts at recreational and cultural activities in the Cambridge/Boston area
- Discounted movie, museum, skiing passes as well as tickets to theatre, music and sporting events through Harvard's Outings & Innings program
Dine, meet, or entertain at the Harvard Faculty Club.
Trouble with your ID? Contact the Harvard ID Office.