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. Faculty members rarely get to visit classes outside of their discipline and, with so many different types of classes and classroom settings in operation at Chapman, FOCI is aimed at making teaching more transparent at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Thus far, over twenty Orange Campus faculty members have volunteered to open their classes to other Chapman faculty members for visits during FOCI Week, April 11-17. Starting on March 26 and ending April 6, faculty ‘visitors’ will be able to sign up for specific classes to attend. Faculty members from every academic unit, from arts, sciences, business, law and even performing arts, have volunteered to host their colleagues in selected classes. A similar FOCI Week with open classes on Rinker Campus classes is planned for fall, and it is hoped that this April Rinker Campus faculty will come visit their colleagues in Orange and Orange faculty will visit there in October.

The idea behind the FOCI Week, modeled after similar programs at Yale University and other institutions, 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.

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