Open Classroom Initiative

The Open Classroom Initiative (OCI) is part of the development program for new and junior faculty at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. It aims to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for faculty as they develop their strategies for teaching excellence and student success in the classroom.

All new and junior faculty are strongly encouraged to participate and to include observation from participating in OCI as part of their teaching portfolio. Faculty are encouraged to visit/observe at least two classes, and observing courses outside the primary discipline is also recommended.

How to participate and expectations:

  • Please review the list of professors, all Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients,  and their classes that are part of the OCI listed below.
  • Email the professor to arrange the visit to their class. Keep in mind that not every class period is good observation since there may be a test going on a specific date or other activities not suitable for observation.
    • For in-person classes: You are expected to arrive on time and ideally stay for the entire class period. If you are not staying the entire class time, make arrangements with the professor so that your departure is not disturbing.
    • For the asynchronous online classes: You will be granted week-long access to the class to observe the typical weekly activities as well as the structure of the asynchronous online class.

Spring 2023 professors and classes participating in OCI

Dr. Kathleen Dunn, Email:      
NENG 407 Thin Film and Nanomaterial Characterization T/Th 10:00am - 11:50am  
Notes: Dr. Dunn's class meets at the Albany campus. Observation is possible remotely too.
Dr. Robert Edgell, Email:  
TIM 500 Project Management Online    
TIM 585 Leading Organizational Change/Innovation Online    
Dr. Daryl Lee, Email:
IDS 301 Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs T/Th 4:00pm - 5:50pm  
Dr. Ryan Lizardi, Email:
COM/IDS 380 Critical Perspectives on Digital Society Online    
COM 350 Visual Thinking and Writing Th 2:00pm - 3:50pm KH A135
Dr. Carolyn Rodak, Email:
CE 330 Fluid Mechanics M/W 9:20am - 10:35am DH 175
Dr. Ron Sarner, Email:
CS 240 Data Structures M/W 2:00pm - 3:50pm KH C112
Notes: You can also contact Dr Sarner for recording of his classes from previous semester - he will be happy to share them with you.
Dr. Donna Silsbee, Email:
HIM 100 Introduction to Health Information Management Online    
Dr. Kathryn Stam, Email:
ANT 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Online    
Dr. Veronica (Ronni) Tichenor, Email:
CBH 375 Biopsychosoc. Context of Health and Wellness M/W 2:00pm - 3:50pm DH 1142
SOC 410 Power and Violence in Family T 2:00pm - 3:50pm DH 1106
Notes: The CBH 375 is team taught with Dr. Joanne Joseph, Interim Dean and Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient
Christopher Urban, Email:
CS 108 Computing Fundamentals T/TH 8:00am - 9:50am C 104
CS 108 Computing Fundamentals T/TH 10:00am - 11:50am C 104



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