Staff

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Amer Ahmed

(413) 545-5077
301A Goodell

Amer Ahmed

Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development
Amer acts as a liaison between TEFD and each of the Colleges and Schools to provide consultation on and direct assistance with diversity-related planning, strategies and programming.
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Brian Baldi

(413) 545-1225
301H Goodell

Brian Baldi

Assistant Director
Brian serves as the organizational lead for TEFD’s Lilly Fellowship Program for Teaching Excellence, conducts midterm assessments and teaching consultations, oversees our continuum of scholarly writing programming, co-founded the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, and assists with the Mellon Mutual Mentoring Initiative and other teaching and faculty development programs.
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Deborah Carlisle

(413) 545-1225
301L Goodell

Deborah Carlisle

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Debbie is currently engaged in the assessment of STEM Education Centers and Centers for Teaching and Learning that have significant emphasis in undergraduate STEM education. This research provides a deep understanding of the various structures and functions of these centers, including areas of research they are engaged in, for the purpose of informing the formation of a national network. This network will serve as a national hub to promote and support the work of centers in undergraduate STEM Education.
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Kirsten Helmer

(413) 545-5180
301J Goodell

Kirsten Helmer

Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity and Lecturer
Kirsten develops and oversees the programming for intercultural teaching and faculty development. She is available for one-on-one and group consultations focused on course design, curriculum development, assessment methods, and teaching strategies related to multicultural education, antioppressive pedagogies, intercultural competence, inclusive and culturally responsive teaching, and facilitating difficult dialogues. She also conducts midterm assessments and classroom observations.
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Susan Laford

413-545-5142
301B Goodell

Susan Laford

Program Coordinator & Business Manager
Sue assists the Vice Provost/Director of TEFD with financial planning, including the preparation, processing, and management of all personnel actions and financial records. She coordinates the payout of all awards, fellowships, and mini grants. She offers administrative support to all TEFD programs, is the main contact for the College Outstanding Teaching Award (COTA) program and is responsible for the coordination of TEFD's daily operations.
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Bethany Lisi

(413) 545-1699
301D Goodell

Bethany Lisi

Director of Faculty Development Initiatives
Beth creates and manages programming to support faculty across the career continuum with a particular focus on new and early-career faculty. She is responsible for Open Classroom Days as well as broader faculty development programs, including New Faculty Orientation, Mutual Mentoring Program, and a Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program (in development).

Kathleen De Los Santos

413-545-1225
301 Goodell

Kathleen De Los Santos

Administrative Assistant
Kathie plans large-scale events for TEFD and serves as the executive assistant to the Director. In addition, she oversees TEFD's calendar of events, serves as the administrative point person for the Distinguished Teaching Award and Manning Prize nomination and selection processes, and assists in compiling the participation data for our annual report.
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Mei-Yau Shih

(413) 545-1225
301G Goodell

Mei-Yau Shih

Associate Director
Mei develops and oversees campus-wide teaching initiatives, provides consultations to faculty, conducts program assessments, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies.
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Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Senior Fellow
Mary Deane serves as liaison between TEFD and the Bay View Alliance (BVA) and consults on several program initiatives. She served as Associate Provost, Professor of Educational Policy, and Founding Director of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, 1988–2014.
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Gabriela Weaver

(413) 545-1225
301E Goodell

Gabriela Weaver

Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Director of TEFD
Gabriela oversees initiatives across TEFD, represents both TEFD and the broader University on issues of teaching, learning, and faculty development, and is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry.