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Events

All events without a location require pre-registration. Contact for details.

Fall 2015

August Writing Retreat

  • Thursday, August 27, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • To sign up, contact .

New Faculty Orientation

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • To sign up, contact .

Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grants

  • Proposal deadline is November 9, 5 PM
  • For more information and to register, see here.

Open Classroom Days

  • Monday, November 23, 5:00 PM: Applications are due
  • For more information and to register, see here.

"The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It & How We Can Fix It," a talk by Professor Leonard Cassuto (Fordham University) on how to teach and advise graduate students in the humanities. An English Department Colloquia Series talk, co-sponsored by TEFD.

  • Thursday, October 29, 4:00 PM
  • Herter 227
  • For more information, see here.

Fall Mini Faculty Writing Retreats

  • Friday, September 11, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, October 30, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, November 20, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • To sign up, contact .

Diversity & Teaching Series

  • Understanding & Supporting the Academic Success of First Generation College Students, with Dr. Jesse Tauriac
    • Friday, September 25, 2015, 9 AM to 11 AM
    • Workshop in the morning, consultations in the afternoon
    • For more information and to register, see here.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Series "Challenges and Rewards in Teaching for Diversity", with facilitator Dr. Kirsten Helmer (Senior Instructional Consultant, TEFD)
    • Thursday, October 22, 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM (Part 2)
    • Thursday, November 19, 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM (Part 3)
    • For more information and to register, see here.
  • "Culturally Responsive Teaching in College Through a Motivational Framework", with Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Kirsten Helmer (Senior Instructional Consultant with the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development)
    • Friday, October 30, 9 AM to 11 AM
    • For more information and to register, see here.
    • Consultations: If you can't make the workshop but would like to schedule an individual consultation later in the afternoon, email khelmer@umass.edu.
  • Teaching to a Variety of Learners – Disability and Good Course Design, with Benjamin J. Ostiguy (Disability Services), Maureen Bourbeau (Disability Services), and Marisha F. Marks (Continuing & Professional Education)
    • Tuesday, November 17, 1 PM to 3 PM
    • For more information and to register, see here.

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

  • “Considerations for Integrating CP into The Academic Setting,” with presenter Katja Hahn D’Errico (Social Justice Education, Civic Engagement and Service Learning)
    • Friday, October 2, 10 AM to 11:30 AM
    • To attend and/or get on the Working Group mailing list, contact .
  • “CP for Establishing Presence,” with presenter Richard Ellis (Mathematics & Statistics)
    • Friday, October 23, 10 AM to 11:30 AM
    • To attend and/or get on the Working Group mailing list, contact .
  • “Using Mindfulness in the Classroom,” with presenter Raeann Leblanc (Nursing)
    • Friday, Nov 13, 10 AM to 11:30 AM
    • To attend and/or get on the Working Group mailing list, contact .

Creative Teaching Salon Meetings

  • Thursday, November 5, 3:45 PM- 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 3, 3:45 PM- 5:00 PM
  • For more information, contact ctsalon@umass.edu        

Spring 2016

TEFD and Workplace Learning & Development have collaboratively designed four sessions to help faculty carry out their administrative responsibilities by introducing new ways to think about organization, communication, delegation, and time management. Participation in all four sessions is not required. Faculty are invited to participate in the session(s) of their choice, depending on their individual interests, and all career stages are welcome. Click the registration links for addition session info.

  • Managing Effective Meetings
  • Managing Interpersonal Communication
  • Managing Workflow
  • Managing Time

Teaching in U.S. University Classrooms: A Discussion Series for International Faculty & Graduate Students

This discussion series focuses on the experiences of international faculty, international graduate students, and international post-docs. It offers an informal space where we can explore how our cultural, social, and linguistic identities impact our teaching and our interactions with students.
Please save the following dates:

  • Friday, February 19, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, March, 9, 9-10am
  • Thursday, April 14, noon-1pm
  • Location: TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell
  • To sign up for the first event, visit here.

Cultivating Effective Working Relationships Between TAs and Faculty

  • Thursday, January 28, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • To sign up, visit here.

Spring 2016 Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series

  • "Triggers and Trigger Warnings: Ethical Responsibility, Threat to Academic Freedom, Opportunity for Dialogue?": An Interactive Panel Discussion
    • Wednesday, February 3, 4 – 6 PM
    • Location: Campus Center 163
    • For information about the panelists and to register, visit here.
    • This event is meant to provide an opportunity for faculty to begin to grapple with the complexities of these concepts and their underlying issues and how we want to respond to them as a community and in our own classrooms. It is a closed space for faculty only.
  • Lunch Talks: Join your colleagues in this series of informal lunch talks through which we want to explore issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity in teaching.
    • Lunch Talk 1: Thursday, February 25, 11:45 AM-12:45 PM. Topic: How do you manage triggers, trigger warnings and microaggressions in your classroom? For more information and to register, see here.
    • Lunch Talk 2: Thursday, March 24, 11:45 AM-12:45 PM. Topic: Meeting the Needs of Minority Students. For more information and to register, see here.
    • Lunch Talk 3: Thursday, April 21, 11:45 AM-12:45 PM. Topic: Reflective Practices: How can they support us in being socially just and culturally responsive educators? For more information and to register, see here.
    The Lunch Talk series is open to all faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and post-docs with teaching responsibilities. It will be facilitated by Dr. Kirsten Helmer, TEFD Senior Instructional Consultant.

Spring Faculty Writing Retreats (Teaching Commons)

  • Friday, February 19, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 25, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, April 15, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • To sign up, contact .

Annual Faculty Writing Retreat (Mount Holyoke College)

  • Wednesday, May 25, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • To sign up, contact .

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