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Instructional Services Fair

Creative Teaching Salons

The Salons, held monthly at the University Club, provide a friendly and informal venue for instructors to engage in exploratory and bold conversations on pedagogy with colleagues from across the campus. A “soft ending” at 5PM allows you to continue the discussion over dinner at the Club.

Location: University Club

  • Salon 1: Thursday, September 29, 3:45PM
  • Salon 2: Wednesday, October 26, 3:45PM
  • Salon 3: Thursday, November 17, 3:45PM

For more information, contact

Fall Mini Faculty Writing Retreats

  • Friday, September 23, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
  • Friday, October 21, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
  • Thursday, November 17, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
  • To sign up, contact .

Spring Scholarly Writing Retreats

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday, February 24, 2017 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday, April 21, 2017 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • To sign up, contact .

Critical Perspectives on Technology
“Mindful Tech: Finding Balance in an Age of Overload and Distraction”. Join guest speaker David Levy, Professor at the Information School, University of Washington, for an interactive workshop.

  • Thursday, November 17, 1-3PM
  • Location: Campus Center 163C
  • For more information and to register, see here.

Fall 2016 TEFD Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series
International Group Series Fall 2016. Join our International Group Series for exploring in an informal space how our cultural, social, and linguistic identities impact our teaching and our interactions with students.

  • Event #1: Adapting to Teaching at UMass
    • Tuesday, September 13, 1:30-3PM
    • Location: Campus Center 805-09
    • Register here.
  • Event #2: How is it going? Mid-semester Reflections
    • Friday, October 14, 10-11.30AM
    • Location: TEFD conference room, 301 Goodell
    • Register here.
  • Event #3: Teaching Challenges: The "5 Whys" Process
    • Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12-1:30PM
    • Location: TEFD conference room, 301 Goodell
    • Register here.

Diversity Lunch Talks Fall 2016. Join your colleagues for this series of informal TEFD Diversity Lunch Talks through which we want to explore issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching.

  • Event #1: Let's talk about it: Leading inclusive discussions
    • Friday, September 23, 11.45AM-1.15PM
    • Location: TEFD, Campus Center 165-69
    • Register here.
  • Event #2: Let's talk about it: Diversity and Teaching Inclusively in STEM
    • Thursday, October 20, 11:45AM-1:15PM
    • Location: Campus Center 911-15
    • Register here.
  • Event #3: Let's talk about it: The Inclusive Syllabus
    • Tuesday, November 8, 11.45AM-1.15PM
    • Location: Campus Center 162-75
    • Register here.

Meet the Author Jennine CapĂł Crucet: Common Read Faculty Book Conversation.
Please join us for this special oportinity to engage in a conversation with Jennine Capó Crucet, the author of this year’s Common Read book, Make Your Home Among Strangers.

  • Thursday, September 29, 2-3.30PM
  • Location: Campus Center 804
  • Register here.

Teaching Workshop: Motivating Students by Teaching Inclusively
This interactive workshop is aimed at participants across all disciplines who seek effective and practical teaching strategies that foster motivation in their classrooms across diverse students. Please plan to attend both sessions.

  • Register here.
  • Session 1: Tuesday, October 18, 1PM-2:30PM
  • Session 2: Tuesday, October 25, 1PM-2:30PM
  • Location for both sessions: Campus Center 805-09

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

  • Friday, October 28, 10:00–11:30AM
  • Thursday, November 17, 10:00–11:30AM
  • Friday, December 2, 10:00–11:30 AM
  • Location: TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell

Special Event -- Race Relations in the Diverse College Classroom: A Follow-Up Faculty Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College
Please join us for this special opportunity to engage in a conversational follow-up to the convocation presentation on Friday morning with psychologist, educator, scholar, and writer Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.

  • Friday, November 18, 2:00-3:00PM
  • Location: Library 1920
  • Register here.

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.

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

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Spring 2017 TEFD Teaching Á 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, 11:30AM – 1:00pm
  • Location: 3rd floor Communication Hub, Integrative Learning Center
  • Register Here

Save the dates:

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

  • Monday, March 6, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location: 165-69 Campus Center

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)

  • Friday, April 21, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
  • Location: 174-76 Campus Center

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