Open Doors on Teaching

Open Doors on Teaching is a unique mentorship program for University of Toronto faculty. Presented by the University of Toronto’s Teaching Academy and the Centre of Teaching Support & Innovation, Open Doors provides faculty with the opportunity to learn from the experience and expertise of their colleagues.

Members of the University of Toronto’s Teaching Academy, winners of the President’s Teaching Award, will welcome faculty into their classrooms for selected lectures (i.e., all participants in the Open Doors program must register for any lectures they wish to attend). Faculty can observe the Academy member teaching and then engage in a post-class discussion with the Academy member. This approach not only provides learning opportunities for faculty but also opens up the discussion on pedagogical topics that many faculty might not otherwise encounter.

For any instructor interested in participating in Open Doors on Teaching: CTSI’s Peer Observation of Teaching: Effective Practices Guide



Nick Mount, Professor, English, FAS
ENG 140, Literature of Our Time (undergrad)
Dates: Fridays
Time: 2pm-4pm
Class size: 440

Contact Nick Mount directly to make arrangements.

Barb Murck, Professor, Teaching Stream, Geography, UTM
ENV100Y (undergrad, in-person)
Class size: 1000
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 11am

EN310H5F and ENV311H5S (undergrad, hybrid)
Tutorial (in-person) dates: Thursday
Time: 10am

NB: Tutorials held in an active learning classroom (ALC) on UTM for instructors interested in learning more about ALCs.

Contact Barb Murck directly to make arrangements.

FALL 2019

Clare Hasenkampf, Professor, Biological Sciences, UTSC
BIOC15 Genetics (third year course, geared for Biology majors and specialists)
Class size: ~110
Dates: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 20, Nov 27
Time: 9am-11am

Note: this is a flipped class. Students do activities during class time; there are no traditional lectures.

Make arrangements via CTSI. Accompanying notes and slides that students were assigned will be sent in advance.

Paul Gries, Professor, Teaching Stream, Computer Science, FAS
CSC207 Software Design (undergrad)
Class size: 140
Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 1pm-3pm or 4pm-6pm (2 different sections)

Contact Paul Gries directly to make arrangements.


Greg Evans, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, FASE
CHE230 Environmental Chemistry (undergrad)
Class size: 120
Dates: January to March

Contact Greg Evans directly to make arrangements.

Andy Dicks, Professor, Teaching Stream, Chemistry, FAS
CHM 247H, Introductory Organic Chemistry II (undergrad)
Class size: 500
January 6th – February 14th, Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 1pm-2pm (ES 1050)
January 6th – February 13th, Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4pm-5pm (MP 203)

Contact Andy Dicks directly to make arrangements.

Zubin Austin, Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
PHM 215H, Management Skills, Communications and Collaboration (professional undergraduate course)
February 4, 2020, 10am-12pm
March 3, 2020, 10am-12pm

Contact Zubin Austin directly to make arrangements.


Open Doors on Teaching is open to all University of Toronto instructors. To reserve a place in one of the classes listed above, or for more information on this initiative, please contact or 416-946-0464.