Center for Teaching to host ‘Open Dores: Two Days of Teaching Visits’

Open_Dores_logoThe Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching will host Open Dores: Two Days of Teaching Visits Sept. 27 and 28. This program will showcase Vanderbilt’s talented faculty as well as examples of best teaching practices from across the university.

During the event, faculty hosts will open their classrooms to registered faculty and graduate student visitors. These visitors will attend their choice of 40 courses over the two days, culminating in a reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Central Library Community Room. The reception will offer attendees the chance to reflect on observed teaching methods and celebrate the teaching and learning missions of the university.

“During our Open Dores event, visitors will observe exemplary instructors practicing diverse pedagogies,” said Derek Bruff, director of the Center for Teaching. “While traditional teaching visits will still take place throughout the semester as part of our other programs, our Open Dores event offers an intensive view of the many strategies our faculty use to engage students.”

“Open Dores and the teaching visits program, in general, both help to foster community among faculty,” said Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs. “Instructors can take advantage of the rare opportunity to observe peers firsthand and to reflect upon the art of teaching with their peers.”

All faculty and graduate students are welcome to register for the Sept. 27 and 28 Open Dores event by visiting this website for courses that best fit their interests and schedules.