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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.

How can you participate in FOCI?

You can participate in two ways:

1) Volunteer to open your classroom the 5th week (April 29th - May 4th) of the spring quarter to fellow instructors who would like to experience your approach to teaching. Whether you lecture, run a seminar, teach in a lab or studio setting, use a lot of technology or none, we encourage you to open your class. There are no special requirements or expectations — just that you are open to visitors. Registration is open now through 11:59 p.m.March 18th.

2) Visit a classroom that piques your interest. Once open class registration is complete, we will open a new registration for anyone to sign up to  visit.

Visit our FOCI page for more information and registration link.

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.