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Fall Teaching Visits – Open Dores

Would you like to watch one of your colleagues teach to see how they manage the classroom, engage students, or address challenging subjects? Do you ever feel like you toil in private to learn how to teach? You’re not alone. On September 5th and 6th, the CFT will host Open Dores: Two Days of Teaching Visit Opportunities.

Too often in higher education we instructors do not have the opportunity to watch and discuss each other’s teaching, and therefore we struggle in what Lee Shulman has called, “pedagogical solitude.” The Center for Teaching has long worked to change this isolation by creating occasions for pedagogical community.

This year we are proud to offer two intensive days of teaching visits. On September 5th and 6th, classes taught by some of the most well-respected and awarded teachers across Vanderbilt’s many disciplines will open their classroom doors to faculty and graduate students.

Check back mid August for a complete list of open classes.


The CFT would like to thank the following 35 faculty for opening their doors during last year’s Open Dores event!

Douglas Adams, Professor, Department Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Steven  Baskauf, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences

Richard Blackett, Professor of History

Seth Bordenstein, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Derek Bruff, Senior Lecturer of Mathematics

Edward Cheng, Professor of Law

Xiu Cravens, Associate Professor of the Practice, Leadership, Policy & Organizations

William Doyle, Associate Professor  of Higher Education

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History

Mark Ellingham, Professor of Mathematics

Andrew Finch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Practice of Human and Organizational Development

Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Kenneth Frampton, Associate Professor of the Practice, Mechanical Engineering

Edward Friedman, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish

Suzanne Globetti, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Vivien Green Fryd, Professor of History of Art

David Jon Furbish, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Guilherme Gualda, Associate Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Chalene Helmuth, Senior Lecturer, Spanish & PortugueseGeorge Hornberger, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Andrew Hostetler, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Teaching & Learning

Melanie Hundley, Associate Professor in Department of Teaching and Learning

Duco Jansen, Professor and Interim Department Chair Biomedical Engineering, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Christopher Loss, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education; Associate Professor of History

Catherine McTamaney, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ann Neely, Associate Professor of the Practice of Education

Cynthia Paschal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Dean

Richard Pitt, Associate Professor of Sociology

William Robinson, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Mark Schoenfield, Professor of English

Sheri Shaneyfelt, Director of  Undergraduate Studies, Principal Senior Lecturer

Susan Verberne-Sutton, Senior Lecturer

Jeffrey Tlumak, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Andy Van Schaack, Principal Senior Lecturer, Human & Organizational Development

David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy

Alan Wiseman, Professor of Political Science