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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, 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

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

For more info:

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

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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


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