William Rando is Associate Dean in the College and Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching at the University of Chicago. Rando started his professional career teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. For the past 30 years, he has taught undergraduate courses, developed centers for teaching and learning, and served in leadership positions in higher education and in organizations that advance teaching. He was the first full-time director of the Academy for Art of Teaching at Florida International University in Miami, FL, and he was the Founding Director of the Yale Teaching Center at Yale University, where he worked and taught for fifteen years prior to coming to Chicago. His research and writing covers a wide range of areas, including: medical education, qualitative research methods, lecturing, group dynamics, teaching with images, and institutional strategies for faculty and TA development. His publications include: "How Practice is Shaped by Implicit Theories"; "Recommendations for Teaching Psychology"; "Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Innovative Anatomy Course"; and "Learning from Students: Case Studies in Mid-Semester Feedback". Rando consults with colleges and universities throughout the country and around the world. He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Director, Initiatives in the Humanities and Social Sciences; Senior Lecturer in the College / Wieboldt 314
Joe oversees a range of programming aimed at developing the pedagogy of all teachers from across the disciplines at the University, with a special focus on initiatives in the social sciences and humanities. Among other projects, he coordinates and teaches the CCT graduate course on teaching and learning (CCTE 50000: Course Design and College Teaching), and works on several initiatives related to teaching and learning in the Core curriculum. He also regularly teaches Classics of Social and Political Thought. Prior to coming to UChicago, Joe was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Portland State University, where his teaching was honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award, and was Associate Director at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern. Joe has a PhD in Political Science from Yale, where he was also a Fellow and Program Coordinator at the McDougal Graduate Teaching Center.
Kiki joined the Chicago Center for Teaching in September 2015. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, where she served as a graduate student mentor at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and taught in the College of Engineering. Prior to returning to Chicago, Kiki was an instructional developer at Purdue University’s Center for Instructional Excellence. Her work focused on faculty and graduate student development, course redesign, and educational research. Kiki also taught undergraduate user-centered design courses through Purdue University’s College of Technology.
Chandani joined the Center for Teaching in 2012, where she primarily develops teaching and professional development programs for graduate students and postdocs. As an Assistant Director, Chandani advises graduate students and postdocs on all aspects of their teaching, including preparing teaching portfolios for the job market, and oversees the Teaching Consultant Program. She also facilitates the Center’s programs on inclusive teaching and collaborates with other units on campus around issues of diversity and inclusive teaching as well. Chandani received a PhD in March 2015 from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and she teaches in the Readings in World Literature Humanities Core sequence.
Elizabeth has worked for the CCT since 2011 in a variety of capacities. As an assistant director, she coordinates the Fellows program and runs the Midwest Faculty Seminar. Elizabeth holds a joint Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s History and Anthropology Departments, where she completed a dissertation on the political interactions of Roman and Armenian leaders in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. She has taught in the College for a number of years, helping students learn to analyze seminal texts of social science and political thought.
Rebecca received her M.Ed from Loyola University in 2016, and joined the CCT team in May of 2017. She has experience facilitating workshops, event planning, and working with students of all ages. Rebecca looks forward to learning more about the University of Chicago community and enjoying the beauty of Hyde Park!
Program Assistant, Individual Teaching Consultation Coordinator, Senior Teaching Consultant
Chalcey is a Ph.D. student in the English department, where she studies the overlap of 20th c. American poetry, photography, and trauma theory. Within her department, she has been a course assistant, a stand-alone course instructor, and a BA preceptor. She also interns and tutors for the Writing Program, and is co-editor of Chicago Review. She coordinates Individual Teaching consultations for the Center, and she is also part of the Teaching Consultant team.