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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 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 .

Open Classroom Days

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

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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