Teaching Consultants

Teaching Consultants 2017

2016-17 Teaching Consultants

The Sheridan Center’s Teaching Consultants (TCs) take a leading role in conducting the Center’s Teaching Observations, and Microteaching Sessions. Through the Center’s Teaching Consultant Program, TCs receive professional training in the development and application of peer observation and feedback skills, and in the development of leadership and discussion facilitation skills.

TCs are selected from members of the Brown teaching community who have earned The Sheridan Teaching Seminar--Reflective Teaching Certificate and have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and constructive pedagogical exchange. Some TCs may have also completed other Certificate Programs. See the Teaching Consultant Program page of our website for more information or to register.

Through the Teaching Consultants Invited Speaker Program, each year the Teaching Consultants have an opportunity to invite an inspiring professor to Brown to give a lecture and share insights from his or her own pedagogical practice.

Experienced Teaching Consultants

Teaching Consultants who have completed Certificate IV may choose to continue serving as an Experienced Teaching Consultant (ETC). In this capacity, they will have the opportunity to continue their professional development by participating in the TC community. Experienced Teaching Consultants are expected to attend Session 1 and are encouraged to attend all sessions. Experienced Teaching Consultants are required to complete a minimum of 8 Teaching Observations for the academic year.

Head Teaching Consultants

Two experienced Teaching Consultants act as the Center's Head Teaching Consultants: one from the Humanities and Social Sciences, and one from the Life and Physical Sciences, and both usually serve in this role for two years. The Head Teaching Consultants work with the Director of the Certificate IV Program to co-facilitate training sessions, mentor peers, and facilitate communication and feedback between the Sheridan Center and the Teaching Consultant community.

  • Aaron Weisbrod

    Humanities and Social Sciences

    Aaron is a sixth-year PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics. He is a development and urban economist, and his research studies urban renewal and education in the developing world. Aaron is a dual-Canadian-British citizen from Vancouver, completing his bachelor's degree at Western University, Canada before moving on to his Masters Degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since beginning his PhD in 2015, both New England and Brown University have increasingly become his home. Aaron has had the opportunity to teach many courses during his time at Brown, including core economics courses and his specialty fields, as well as serve as a teaching assistant for various courses within the department. He first got involved with the Sheridan Center in 2018, completing all of their certificate programs, and has found it to be an incredible resource for growing his teaching. He is excited to be a Head Teaching Consultant this year and is looking forward to working with the Sheridan Center on furthering resources for inclusive teaching at Brown.

  • Anastasia Williams (Tsylina)


    Anastasia Williams is a 6-year Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Studies at Brown University. She is an international student from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she earned an M.A. and a B.A. At Brown University, Anastasia has acquired an extensive teaching experience (four semesters of independent teaching of Russian language and two semesters of being a TA in Russian literature courses). She has also worked as a lead language instructor of Russian for Indiana University. 

    In 2019, Anastasia received a Sheridan Center Proctorship in Academic Administration. In 2020, she became a Head Teaching Consultant and a Proctor in English Language Support. Her main interests are Inclusive teaching, Anti-racist pedagogy, Scholarship for Teaching and Learning, and supporting international students.