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.
Joe joined the Chicago Center for Teaching in 2015. Prior to coming to Chicago he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Portland State University, where he taught courses in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, and where his teaching was honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award. He was previously Associate Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University. 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.
Program Coordinator / Harper Memorial Library 307A
Katie received an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2016. She has worked as a Teaching Consultant for the Chicago Center for Teaching since 2014, and has taught as a course assistant for the English department, as a writing intern, and as standalone instructor. She taught a course titled “Death and Dying in Early America” in Winter 2015, and “Women Possessed: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality” in Spring 2016.
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.