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Open Classroom Initiative

In partnership with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, the Teaching Academy is providing opportunities for faculty and instructional staff to observe exemplary teachers. The faculty listed below are excited to share their expertise and experience with others.

Name Course and Name When/Where Description Notes

Gretchen Adams

CHEM 108:
Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena

Tues. 11-11:50am in 163 Noyes Lab

Thur. 9-11:50am in 457 Noyes Lab

Laboratory-based work in which students will evaluate products (such as antacids), synthesize materials (such as soap), and gain a better understanding of forensic chemistry

Visitors are welcome anytime, but Gretchen suggests contacting her beforehand to determine the best day to visit.


Don DeCoste

CHEM 102:
General Chemistry
Tue./Thur. 2-2:50pm in 100 Noyes Lab Large-lecture course consisting of mostly freshmen. Regularly engages in active learning activities using iClickers

Contact Don before visiting to determine best day to visit.

Exam/Review Dates: 2/26, 3/17, 4/28

Bob Pahre

PS 586:
Prosem on International Relations
Mon. 10am-12:20pm in 404 David Kinley Hall This course examines major theories and approaches to the study of international relations

Contact Bob before visiting to determine the best day to visit.


Eric Snodgrass

ATMS 120:
Severe and Hazardous Weather
Tues./Thur. 2-3:15pm in Lincoln Hall Theater General Science Education course. Students are from all disciplines and all ages Visitors are welcome anytime

Jose Vazquez

ECON 102:
Microeconomic Principles

Mon./Wed. 3-3:50pm and
Tues./Thur. 3:30-4:20pm in Foellinger Auditorium

Large-lecture course consisting of mostly freshman and sophomores, but there are students from all levels. The lecture is problem-based and uses iClickers throughout Visitors are welcome anytime


Faculty Workshops

Faculty workshops focus on practical strategies for addressing common teaching challenges for faculty members of all ranks. These workshops draw on research-based best practices from the most recent literature in the field, and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Workshops are facilitated by current LAS faculty recognized for their innovative teaching and pedagogy. Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, small group activities, and time set aside for individual reflection.


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