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2014 Keynote Speaker
Mary Deane Sorcinelli
Former Associate Provost and Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development and Professor of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Weissman Center for Leadership, Mount Holyoke College
Mary Deane Sorcinelli is a well-known researcher in the areas of academic careers, faculty professional development, and higher education teaching and learning. She has written more than 100 articles, book chapters, and books in a wide range of sources. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she founded the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). The Center supports the professional development of UMass faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, career advancement, and work/life balance. Under her direction, the CTFD has promoted instructional and faculty development innovations that have been recognized with a range of national awards and externally funded grants.
In 2013, Sorcinelli was named the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Mount Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership. She was honored with the University of Massachusetts' 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts/ACE Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education. In 2006, she was awarded the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD (Professional and Organizational Development) Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching and learning. She also served as president and executive board member of the POD Network (2000–2004) and as senior scholar to the American Association for Higher Education.
Sorcinelli has provided faculty development teaching and consultations in international settings that include Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.
She holds a B.A. in English from Westfield State University, an M.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and an ED.D in Educational Policy from UMass Amherst.