Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Faculty Bulldog Days


Jennifer Frederick, Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, invites faculty at Yale to take part in Faculty Bulldog Days. Faculty open their classes to their peers in the spirit of making teaching more public. This presents an opportunity to observe the wealth of deep knowledge addressed in our courses every day and to become more engaged in our community of scholars.

How to participate

After a successful return last spring, Faculty Bulldog Days continues this year! This is one of our favorite Poorvu Center programs, and thanks to your colleagues, the number of open classrooms has increased significantly.  

Now it’s time to reserve your seats! Check out the incredible range of subject areas and register by April 3

When: Week of April 8 to 12, with a luncheon reception on Friday 

What: Choose among 80+ open classrooms. Review the full list (pdf), from seminars to lectures to labs, and from a wide array of disciplines

How: We are using Sched as the registration platform, as it simplifies the process of selecting classes and making changes to your schedule. Faculty hosts will be able to view the list of registrants, and share course materials or updates with you.

Next steps:

  • Go to the Faculty Bulldog Days event in Sched
  • Event password: FBD
  • Please register in Sched, preferably with your Yale email. Creating an account allows you to easily make, view, and change your course selections.
  • Choose among courses, then review your choices under “My Schedule.” (Find more instructions in Sched.)
  • Be sure to register for the Closing Reception on Friday, April 12 at noon.

We welcome your feedback about Sched, and please email us if you have any technical difficulties.

Hear first-hand from faculty about their experiences with Faculty Bulldog Days

YaleNews: Seeing Yale from the other side of the lectern, February 29, 2024, by Kevin Dennehy

“Faculty Bulldog Days is a celebration of what a university should be. Visiting my colleagues’ classes makes me feel like a student again. And I have opened up my classroom for the same reason: I love to share what I do with others.” — Professor Eduardo Fernandez-Duque

WATCH: Faculty Bulldog Days video


A Yale professor sits in a traditional classroom, listening attentively. She is surrounded by students taking notes.

Pictured above: Professor Juliana Ramos-Ruano sits in on a class during Faculty Bulldog Days in 2015. Photo by Michael Marsland.

Get ready! 

Explore a new discipline or watch a class across campus to interact with colleagues that you might not see on a regular basis. You’ll learn a lot from experts in their field and you might consider adapting an exercise or seminar format for your discipline. Participants and hosts are encouraged to discuss teaching at Yale. If you have not taught in front of your peers, consider opening your class for the first time!


Yale’s Poorvu Center has sponsored this initiative since spring 2015.  Each semester, faculty have opened more than 90 courses to their peers and more than 100 community members register to attend at least one of the open courses. More than 700 unique people have taken part in this initiative. Past FBD dates:

  • February 27 – March 3, 2023
  • Online: April – July, 2020
  • October 28 –November 1, 2019
  • February 27 – March 3, 2017
  • April 11 – 15, 2016
  • April 9 – 13, 2018
  • October 8 – 12, 2018
  • April 8 – 12, 2019
  • April 6 – 10, 2015
  • October 3 – 7, 2016
  • October 2 – 6, 2017
  • October 26 – 30, 2015


  • 82% of people were extremely satisfied with their overall Faculty Bulldog Days experience.
  • “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my experience with Faculty Bulldog Days.  The two classes I attended were very interesting, it was a treat to learn and think about things outside of my usual work.” - Leslie Sude M.D. | Assistant Clinical Professor | Yale University School of Medicine
  • One respondent stated a new found respect for "having close interactions with students to increase their engagement"


Pictured above: Professor David Evans teaches his course, “Dynamic Earth,” during Faculty Bulldog Days in October 2016 with attendee Joseph Wolenski, Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department.