Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Faculty Bulldog Days

Faculty Bulldog Days: Mon. October 2 - Fri. October 6

David Evans teaching during Faculty Bulldog Days

(Pictured above: Professor David Evans teaches his course, “Dynamic Earth,” during Faculty Bulldog Days in October 2016 with attendee Joseph Wolenski, Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department.)


Upcoming Faculty Bulldog Days:

Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6, 2017

The CTL will open registration to attendees on Monday, September 25, 2017. Registration will close on Thursday, September 28 and class will begin on Monday, October 2.

Mission:

The Deputy Provost for Teaching and Learning, Scott Strobel, invites faculty at Yale to take part in Faculty Bulldog Days each semester. Faculty open their classrooms to their peers in the spirit of making teaching more public. This presents an opportunity to observe the wealth of deep knowledge addressed in our classrooms every day and to become more engaged in our community of scholars.

Step-by-Step:

  1. The CTL reaches out to all faculty (including faculty in Yale’s 12 professional schools) several weeks before Faculty Bulldog Days (FBD) and invites them to open their classroom for one day during the week of FBD.
  2. After confirming the open classes, the CTL opens a registration portal and invites all faculty to register to attend one or more of the courses.
  3. A couple of days before FBD, the CTL sends an email to those that registered for classes and those that opened classes to connect each of the participants with the faculty member who opened their classroom.
  4. During FBD, faculty attend the classes of their peers. They might take an active role in discussion or they might choose to quietly observe; it is completely up to each person.

Consider the Following:

If you have not taught in front of your peers, consider opening your classroom for the first time. Participants and hosts are encouraged to speak after class and discuss teaching at Yale.

Explore a new discipline or attend a class across campus to interact with colleagues that you might not see on a regular basis. You’ll learn a lot from experts in their field and you might consider adapting an exercise or seminar format for your discipline.

Impact:

Yale’s CTL has sponsored this initiative since spring 2015.  Each semester, faculty have opened more than 100 courses to their peers and more than 150 faculty register to attend at least one of the open courses. More than 600 unique people have taken part in this initiative. Past FBD dates:

  • April 6 – 10, 2015
  • October 26 – 30, 2015
  • April 11 – 15, 2016
  • October 3 – 7, 2016
  • February 27 – March 3, 2017

Data from Spring 2017:

  • 88% of people were moderately or extremely satisfied with their overall Faculty Bulldog Days experience.
  • 76% of people were moderately or extremely satisfied with the process of informing administrators about opening up their class.
  • 82% of people were moderately or extremely satisfied with the process of signing up to observe a class.
  • “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my experience with Faculty Bulldog Days.  The two classes I attended were very interesting, it was a treat to learn and think about things outside of my usual work.” - Leslie Sude M.D. | Assistant Clinical Professor | Yale University School of Medicine
  • One respondent mentioned taking away “a renewed sense of passion” from Faculty Bulldog Days
  • Seven faculty members visited 9 or more courses during FBD Spring 2017