The Open Classroom Initiative
March 8-12, 2021
CeTEAL invites faculty to participate in the Open Classroom Initiative through observing the teaching of your colleagues across disciplines. Several faculty have volunteered to open their classrooms for visits, with the idea that their colleagues will observe and reflect on one another’s teaching. As Lee Schulman calls it, “pedagogical solitude”, the struggle of working in isolation, is never a good thing, and through the Open Classroom Initiative we have the opportunity to move outside our silos and possibly incorporate methods and pedagogy we may never have thought about or observed. CCU has many talented faculty experts who are doing amazing things in their classrooms, and this is your opportunity to see them in action.
This second of the Open Classroom Initiatives will be via the virtual platform, and you will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience and your own teaching. Think about the student experience, consider different teaching strategies, and build community across the disciplines.
Please review the faculty bios and classes offered, and then register to observe. Please note some classes will have a limited number of participants and may have a prerequisite assignment for you to complete.
Faculty attending will complete a reflective requirement and send to CeTEAL for session credit.
Spring 2021 Open Classroom Hosts
The biographies for our Open Classroom Hosts.
Kaitlin N. Sidorsky
Kaitlin N. Sidorsky has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University (2012 & 2015), and a BA in Politics and Law from Bryant University (2010). She teaches courses in American National Government, State Politics, Political Communication, and Gender and Politics.
Sidorsky's research involves the role that gender plays in political ambition, recruitment, and public service. Her book entitled, All Roads Lead to Power: Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women (University Press of Kansas, May 2019) explores the different pathways and ambitions of the men and women who have taken the appointed route to public office in comparison to electoral route. She has an article in Political Research Quarterly from this work entitled "Moving on Up? The Gendered Ambitions of State-Level Appointed Officials" (2015). An associated blog post on the paper for the London School of Economics USAPP American Politics and Policy blog is available now. She is currently working on a new research project that explores the hidden public service of women on state boards and commissions.
Dr. Sidorsky is opening POLI 201 classes on TTH 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. and 1:40 - 2:55 p.m
Nicole Uphold is an Associate Professor at Coastal Carolina University. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She taught high school students with severe disabilities in North Carolina, delivering community-based and academic instruction. Nicole has worked as a certified rehabilitation counselor, assisting students to develop and implement plans for employment. Prior to coming to Coastal Carolina, she was a faculty member at Illinois State University where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses focused on educating students with severe disabilities and transition planning. Her interests focus on preparing students with disabilities to reach their post-school goals. She conducted several research studies teaching students to self-manage tasks and activities by using readily-available technology. In addition, Nicole has worked with graduate students to implement research to determine the effectiveness of instruction on students’ abilities to participate in their educational planning meetings and request their accommodations.;
Dr. Uphold is opening EDSP 332 - Secondary Practice and Transition class on 3/11 from 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Dr. Tiffany Hollis is an assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University in the Foundations, Curriculum, and Instruction department. Her research interests are interdisciplinary as her work focuses on the areas of relationship-based and culturally responsive classroom management skills, trauma-informed and trauma-responsive education, racial literacy, mental health literacy, critical literacy, and poetry. She is committed to diversity, equity, and social justice as evidenced by her ability to create equitable, accessible, and humanizing learning spaces and opportunities for all students, with an emphasis on historically marginalized students with intersecting identities. Dr. Hollis focuses on developing critical, youth-centered pedagogy by building and supporting spaces for youth to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another. Dr. Hollis is currently working on several works related to the intersection of care, socioemotional learning, restorative justice, social justice, and poetic justice through a trauma informed, healing-centered, and equity-focused pedagogical lens.
Dr. Hollis is opening EDUC 215 class on Monday 10-10:50 a.m. and EDSP 200 class on Tuesday 1:40 - 2:55 p.m.
Register for EDUC 215
Register for EDSP 200
Kristi Rau McIntyre graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree in 2001, after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Theatre from North Carolina State University in 1998. NCSU is where she met her husband when they were both cast in Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage, and they’ve been creating theatre together ever since. Kris also received her Meisner Technique teaching certification in 2010 for her work with Larry Silverberg, and is a Yoga Alliance Board certified yoga instructor. Since 2002 she has been teaching acting, voice, and literature courses in the Department of Theatre, and regularly offers graduate courses for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. Kris devotes considerable time to the greater community of theatre by serving as a Southeastern Theatre Conference Vice President (States), as the State Representative for South Carolina, and as the Professional Screening Auditions Coordinator. Additionally, she is on the board of the South Carolina Theatre Association, and regularly adjudicates at state conferences within the southeast, as well as being a KC/ACTF respondent when time allows. Kris is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, and has worked in theatre professionally for over twenty years, including as a founding company member of Atlantic Stage where she acted in productions of Vania, Sonia, Masha, and Spike; The Nerd; God of Carnage; Sylvia; Dinner with Friends; Almost, Maine; Proof; and Parallel Lives.
Kris McIntyre is opening THEA 130 - Principles of Dramatic Analysis classes on TTH at 3:05 - 4:20 p.m.
Dr. Sara Rich is Assistant Professor of Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She is also affiliate faculty in Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of Anthropology and Geography. She is an art historian, archaeologist, artist, and writer, with a Doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Leuven in Belgium.
Dr. Rich is opening HONR 105 - Pseudoscience classes on MWF at 1 - 1:50 p.m. or 2 - 2:50 p.m.