Open Classroom Initiative

The Open Classroom Initiative (OCI) is part of the development program for new and junior faculty at SUNY Polytechnic Insititute. 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

Fall 2022 professors and classes participating in OCI

Dr. Robert Brainard, Email:      
NSCI 250 Mechanisms-Organic Chemistry M/W 9:00am - 10:25am  
NNSE 504 Chemical Principles of Nanotechnology M/W 2:00pm- 2:55pm First half of the semester
NNSE 507 NanoF2: Molecular Materials M/W 2:00pm- 2:55pm Second half of the semester
Notes: Dr. Brainard classes meet at the Albany campus.
Dr. Kathleen Dunn, Email:      
NENG 140 Physical Principles of Nanoscale Science & Engineering III M/W 2:00pm - 3:30pm  
NNSE 506A Phase Equilibria for Nanoscale Systems M/W 4:00pm - 5:00pm First half of the semester
Notes: Dr. Dunn classes meet at the Albany campus. Some may be offered  with remote option.
Dr. Robert Edgell, Email:  
MGT 307 Organization Behavior W 6:00pm - 9:30pm DH 1242
Dr. Daryl Lee, Email:
IDS 201 Perspectives on Knowledge M/W 4:00pm - 5:50pm  
Dr. Ryan Lizardi, Email:
COM/IDS 380 Critical Perspectives on Digital Society Online- either section    
Dr. Carolyn Rodak, Email:
ESC 210 Engineering Mechanics: Statics T/Th 10:00am - 11:15am KH A 135
CE 303 Environmental Engineering W/F 9:20am - 10:35am DH 172
Dr. Ron Sarner, Email:
CS 240 Data Structures M/W/F 10:40am - 11:50am  
CS 240 Data Structures T/TH 2:00pm - 3:50pm  
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    
IDT 539 Digital Etnography Online    
Dr. Veronica (Ronni) Tichenor, Email:
CBH 340 Behavioral Health Strategies M/W 2:00pm - 3:50pm  
CBH 492 Methods of Inquiry in Health and Well Being M/W 4:00pm - 5:50pm  
CBH/SOC 440 Fundamentals of Grant Writing T 2:00pm - 3:50pm  
Notes: The CBH 340 and CBH 492 are 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 KH A 129
CS 108 Computing Fundamentals T/TH 10:00am - 11:50am KH A 129



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