Transforming Student Learning

Our Research Projects

Learn about the Searle Center’s research and evaluation projects on teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings.

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What We Do

We work with instructors to enhance their teaching and with undergraduates to enhance their learning.

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We also conduct research and evaluation on teaching and learning in higher education.

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Read our annual report 2017-2018.


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Third Annual Open Classroom Initiative (FOCI)
Spring 2019

FOCI is a week-long program to promote open conversation about learning and teaching across the university.

Visitor registration is now open!

Register to visit a classroom that piques your interest.

Visit our FOCI page for more information and registration link. Visitor registration will close on April 22nd.

Harriette Kevill-Davies

Harriette Kevill-Davies

PhD Candidate, Rhetoric & Public Culture

Harriette is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Public Culture. Her research focuses on cultural products for children during the early Cold War and how they communicated ideas of American identity and citizenship. She has taught Public Speaking and, in 2018, completed the Teaching Certificate Program at the Searle Center. She is currently the Graduate Associate for Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning, where she assists with developing and facilitating the 2018-2019 TCP program.

Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Associate Professor, English Department and Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

NU Alumnae Professor of Teaching Excellence, 2017-2020

Nick’s teaching and research encompass the fields of popular cinema, queer and feminist theory, and American literature. Students in his courses might learn to analyze movies that challenge familiar ideas about gender, or explore how a feminist director of the 1990s reimagines a novel of the 1880s, or apply insights of a 20th-century gay black essayist to a 21st-century film addressing race and sex. As a Searle Fellow in 2007-2008, Nick began a project to focus students’ attention on textual nuances through innovative assignment structures, especially in high-enrollment survey courses.