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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.

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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Managing Administrative Service Series

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 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. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD).
Please save the following dates:

  • Topic: Working on tangible solutions- addressing the intangible fears
    • To register, visit here.
  • Thursday, April 14, noon-1pm
  • Location: TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell

Spring 2016 Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series

  • Diversity and General Education: Meeting Gen/Ed Diversity Guidelines and Supporting the Needs of Socially Diverse Students, panel discussion and workshop with Dr. Maurianne Adams, Professor Emerita, College of Education, Department of Student Development, Social Justice Education Concentration; Dr. Ellen Pader, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, Public Policy & Administration; Dr. Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, Associate Professor, Department of Communication.

    Co-sponsored with the General Education Council and the Provost Office.

    • Tuesday, April 19th, 10-11.30 a.m.
    • For more information and to register, see here
  • 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 3: Thursday, April 28, 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.

Creative Teaching Salon Meetings

  • Wednesday, April 20, 3:45 PM- 5:00 PM
  • Location: University Club
  • To RSVP, see here. (No RSVP is required)
  • For more information, contact 

Spring Faculty Writing Retreats (Teaching Commons)

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

Contemplative Pedagogy

  • “Innovative Pedagogies: Contemplative Approaches to Teaching and Learning” a discussion with presenters Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), Mark Tuominen (Physics) and Katja Hahn D'Errico (Social Justice Education, Civic Engagement and Service Learning)
    • Thursday, April 21, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Space is limited. To register, visit here.

Annual Faculty Writing Retreat (Mount Holyoke College)

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

TEFD is proud to announce its involvement in the CIRTL grant from the National Science Foundation. For more info on our CIRTL programming for graduate students and postdocs, see here.



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