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Tom Furby, PhD

Director of Classroom Services

How Can I Help

Together with my team, I'm here to provide you with expert technical support for classroom technologies. I'm here to help you with any problems you might have regarding any classroom software and hardware teaching tools as well as understanding the capabilities of each classroom - virtual or in-person.


Tom Furby, Ph.D., joined the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2016 as Director of Classroom Services. He was previously the Director of Facilities and Technology for the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he was responsible for overseeing the law school’s computer and classroom support. This position included implementing the most recent technologies available to enhance traditional and distance instruction offered by the school. Tom was recognized by his SIU colleagues with the Outstanding Teaching Support Award in 2006.

At the Washington University Center for Teaching and Learning, Tom leads the team of classroom-services staff, who provide expert support for faculty teaching in 123 University-managed classrooms on the Danforth campus. He also works with senior management within the Center for Teaching and Learning and with partners across the University to provide technologically advanced and intuitively designed classrooms that support teaching and learning. In this role, in collaboration with faculty and Center for Teaching and Learning colleagues, Tom evaluates and improves the design of classrooms and classroom multimedia systems–including active-learning spaces, SMART Boards, tablet PCs, and document cameras.

Tom shares his expertise in classroom technologies with faculty and administrators through written communications and presentations. He is always glad to talk with faculty to answer questions, share ideas, and address their changing needs in the classroom.

With a B.S. is in Computer Science and years working in technical support, Tom brings to the Center for Teaching and Learning deep knowledge of teaching technologies. Tom also has an MBA, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D in Workforce Education and Development. With his education and years of experience on campus committees, he also brings a strong understanding of organizational vision and goals.