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.

  • Benjamin Fancy

    Humanities and Social Sciences

    Benjamin Fancy is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Department of French Studies. His dissertation explores narrative strategies and devices that writers use to convey interiority in seventeenth-century French fiction. Ben’s additional research interests include second language and writing pedagogies. For the 2019-20 academic year, he is serving as Interdisciplinary Opportunities Fellow at the Writing Center. In addition to teaching French language classes at Brown as a graduate teaching assistant, Ben has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, L'Université de Toulouse II Le Mirail, and Wheaton College.

  • Nikole Bonacorsi

    Life and Physical Sciences

    Nikole is a fifth year PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is a paleobotanist who studies plant evolution during the Devonian period (~419-358 mya), specifically the evolution of an important reproductive innovation called heterospory. She has enjoyed learning from and working with the Sheridan Center since 2016, and has served as a Teaching Assistant at Brown. In the upcoming academic year, she will be continuing to improve her teaching as a Brown University Deans’ Faculty Fellow.