Ever wonder how other faculty members teach? What their classrooms are like? How it feels to be a student today, specifically at Chapman?

The Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s (IETL’s) new Faculty Open Classroom Initiative – FOCI, for short – aims to connect Chapman’s teaching faculty to each other by pairing volunteer faculty ‘hosts’ and ‘visitors’ in selected classes on the Orange Campus from April 11-17. Modeled after similar programs at Yale University and other institutions, the purpose of FOCI is to connect colleagues not only to each other but also to allow for reconnecting to content and gaining a feeling for what it is like to be a student in a classroom today at Chapman.

Faculty ‘visitors’ can sign up now and choose specific classes to attend. Faculty members from every academic unit, from arts, sciences, business, law and performing arts, have volunteered to host colleagues in their classes. A similar FOCI Week with open classes on Rinker Campus is planned for fall; it is hoped Rinker Campus faculty will come visit their colleagues in Orange this April, and Orange faculty will visit their Rinker colleagues in October.

A FOCI Celebration Reception will be held on April 18 for hosts and visitors to gather and exchange feedback about their experiences. In addition, as a small token of appreciation both to the faculty hosts and visitors, each participant will receive two tickets for lunch in the Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum on Orange Campus.

For additional information about FOCI Week, please visit our FOCI Visitor Sign Up page.

For more information on the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, please visit the IETL website.