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The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development supports the professional development of faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, tenure preparation, leadership, and work/life balance.

For general inquiries or help identifying the best contact, please email or call 413.545.1225.

TEFD is the proud recipient of The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education's 2011 Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development, an honor given in recognition of TEFD's work on the Mellon Mutual Mentoring Initiative.

Professional and Organizational Development

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Spring 2017 TEFD Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series

DIVERSITY LUNCH TALKS. Come for lunch, connect, and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

Event #1: Let's talk about it - Teaching Controversial Topics Now
Please join professors Megan Lewis (Theater) and Sut Jhally (Communication), and Kyla Walters (PhD Candidate, Sociology), for this interactive panel discussion in response to additional challenges and risks instructors may face in light of an increase in perceived and real threats against academic freedom.

  • Thursday, February 2, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location: 3rd floor Communication Hub, Integrative Learning Center
  • Register Here

Event #2: Let's talk about it - Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

  • Tuesday, February 21, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location: 904-08 Campus Center
  • Register Here

Event #3: Let's talk about it - Better Sciences, Better Learning Through Inclusive Teaching
Join guest speaker Patricia DiBartolo (Caroline L. Wall '27 Professor of Psychology, Smith College, and 2008 recipient of Smith’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching)

  • Wednesday, April 12, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
  • Location: 174-76 Campus Center
  • Register here

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS DISCUSSION GROUP. Come for lunch, connect, and exchange ideas, views, and teaching practices with other international faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD).

Event #1: International Café
What critical issues are you facing as international instructors? What issues are our international students facing? What do we need to know so that our international students feel supported and can learn effectively? What steps might we choose to deal with these issues?

  • Monday, February 6, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
  • Location: 165-69 Campus Center
  • Register Here

Event #2: Learning from Case Studies – Wednesday, March 8, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
How do you integrate international students into your class or lab community? How do you grade their writing fairly? How do you address cultural barriers and linguistic prejudices? Come to this highly interactive session and discuss case studies that highlight some of the challenges that international scholars face in college classes as students and as faculty. Join us for pizza lunch and connect with other faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who care about these issues.

  • Tuesday, March 7, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location: TEFD Conference room, 301 Goodell
  • Register Here

Save the date:

Event #3: Open Forum: Connect, Share, Exchange Ideas – Thursday, April 13, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

TEACHING WORKSHOP. Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in the College Classrooms

  • Monday, February 13, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: 174-76 Campus Center
  • Register Here

TEACHING WORKSHOP. Understanding and Combating Impostor Syndrome Workshop
Dr. Valerie Young, internationally-known expert and author on impostor syndrome, will lead an interactive workshop on how to mitigate [your own] impostor feelings in yourself or others, recognize and address it in the classroom, and work to positively affect changes in academic culture that can fuel self-doubt in students and faculty.

  • Thursday, March 2 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
  • Register Here

Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication (WIIC)

The Summer Institute faculty fly east to engage with you on current topics, putting theory into practice for the work they love to do.

March 14-17, 2017
Springfield, Massachusetts

Session 1: March 14-16
Three-day workshops

Session 2: March 17
One-day workshops

For more info:

Hybrid Instruction: How To Redesign Your Course To Maximize Benefits

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

  • Friday, February 3, 10:00-11:30 am
    Guest Presentation
    John Baugher, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
  • Friday, March 3, 10:00-11:30 am
    Open Topic Discussion
  • Friday, March 31, 10:00-11:30 am
    Guest Presentation
    Contemplation and Criticality: Re/Contextualizing the Self and Society
    Maria José Botelho, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    & Curriculum Studies
    Cheryl Harned, PhD candidate, Department of History
  • Friday, April 7, 10:00-11:30 am
    Guest Presentation
    Feminist and Contemplative Pedagogy: A Dialogue
    Miliann Kang, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
    Lezlie Frye, Lecturer/Associate Director of Graduate Program, WGSS
    Kirsten Leng, Assistant Professor, WGSS
  • Friday, May 5, 10:00-11:30 am
    Open Topic Discussion

Teaching Workshop
“Seminar Teaching”. Join guest speaker Peter Lindsay, Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and the former Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University, for a lively discussion on leading seminars.

  • Thursday, December 1, 12 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Location: TEFD Conference Room
  • For more information and to register, see here.

TEFD staff, graduate students, and UMass faculty attended the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network for Higher Education Conference in Louisville, KY.

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