Upcoming Events

August
22
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -
9:30AM to 11:30AM
Syllabus Re-Design Workshop: Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus

In this workshop, presenters Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) and Marisha Marks (Faculty Instructor Support Coordinator, CPE) will introduce you to six principles of an inclusive syllabus design. Faculty members Dr. Lara Alhariri (Chemistry) and Michael DiPasquale (LARP) will share how they used these principles for redesigning their course syllabi and Moodle pages. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to workshop and apply some of the criteria that inform inclusive syllabus design to aspects of your own syllabus. More Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus info.

August
27
Monday, August 27, 2018 -
9:00AM to 3:30PM
New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation is designed to introduce first-year faculty to resources that will support their research, teaching, and professional networking. The event is intended for new full-time faculty across all ranks (lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, full professors, chairs, and deans). Pre-registration is required and TEFD will contact new faculty directly to invite them to the event.
September
07
Friday, September 07, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
What UMass Amherst Students Need and How to Support Them

We often hear about UMass Amherst students as statistics: GPAs, number of majors, or demographic percentages. But what do we know about our students as learners? And how can we, as faculty, support them during their critical years at UMass Amherst? There is no better time for this discussion than right at the start of the fall semester, when we enter the classroom and start to form relationships with our students. More information about What UMass Amherst Students Need.

October
05
Friday, October 05, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
GoFund Me: On-Campus Funding Opportunities for Teaching and Research

Working at UMass Amherst is like living in a city: the campus feels geographically expansive, it’s hard to communicate across boroughs, information gets lost, and you find yourself sticking to the same familiar locations. But within this city, there are always opportunities to seize if you know how to find them; we apply this same analogy to locating on-campus funding for your teaching and research development. More information on GoFund Me: On-Campus Funding Opportunities.

October
17
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 -
12:00PM to 1:30PM
“Yes, Using ‘They’ in the Singular Is OK: The Whys and Hows of Pronoun Use in the Classroom”

UMass now gives students the ability to indicate their pronouns in SPIRE, which appear on class rosters. Why is this important? How should instructors use this information? What if an instructor makes a mistake in referring to a student? How can instructors best respond if students make a mistake in referring to another student in their class? Join Dr. Genny Beemyn (Director, Stonewall Center) and Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) for this interactive presentation that will engage participants with these and other questions so that instructors can best respect students of all gender identities and expressions. More “The Whys and Hows of Pronoun Use in the Classroom” info

November
02
Friday, November 02, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Now What? Mid-Semester Quick Fixes

You are more than halfway through the semester and something feels—off. You have been moving forward with the schedule of topics listed on your syllabus, but you have a gut feeling that your students have not mastered the content. Or maybe you have noticed that students are not coming to class. Perhaps you get the sense that students are bored or disgruntled. You have come to a decision point: Do you just push through to the end of the semester, or are there some easy fixes you can implement to make the remainder of the course meaningful for you and your students? More information on Now What? Mid-Semester Quick Fixes.

Past Events

August
28
Monday, August 28, 2017 -
9:00AM to 3:30PM
New Faculty Orientation 2017

The campus-wide New Faculty Orientation is for new tenure-system faculty members and full-time lecturers/instructors. More NFO info.

September
07
Thursday, September 07, 2017 -
11:30AM to 12:45PM
Special Brown Bag Lunch: Teaching after Charlottesville

Come to this Special Brown Bag Lunch that will offer you an opportunity to connect with colleagues and talk about strategies that will help you navigate the challenges you might be facing this year. More “Teaching after Charlottesville” info

September
08
Friday, September 08, 2017 -
10:30AM to 12:00PM
Building Connections with Students

International Scholars Forum: Join us to discuss the dynamics of the U.S. American college classroom and suggest effective ways to establish a climate of approachability that support student learning. More "Building Connections" info.

September
15
Friday, September 15, 2017 -
12:15PM to 1:45PM
Cheating Lessons—Learning from Academic Dishonesty

Diversity Lunch Talk: Join Dr. James Lang, author of Small Teaching, who will discuss pressures that push student toward academic dishonesty and propose solutions. More “Cheating Lessons” info

September
15
Friday, September 15, 2017 -
2:15PM to 4:00PM
Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning

Diversity Teaching Workshop: Join Dr. James Lang, author of Small Teaching, for an interactive session on key principles that can improve students' learning. More “Small Teaching” info.

October
02
Monday, October 02, 2017 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Getting Students to Work in Groups

International Scholars Forum: Join us to discuss student expectations of (and resistance to) group work, your own concerns, and tricks to try in your next class. More "Getting Students to Work in Groups" info.

October
05
Thursday, October 05, 2017 -
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Transparency in Assignments

Workshop: Join us to discuss a fairly simple teaching intervention – using the principles of transparency when explaining the purpose, tasks, and criteria for an assignment – that can lead to enhanced student success. More "Transparency in Assignments" info.

October
11
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -
11:15AM to 1:00PM
Diane Goodman on Facilitating Discussions Using the Straight A's Model

Diversity Lunch Talk: Join Dr. Diane Goodman, diversity and social justice trainer, consultant, professor, author, and activist, who will engage participants with the "Straight A's Model" for facilitating conversations on diversity issues. More “Facilitating Discussions Using the Straight A's Model” info.

October
20
Friday, October 20, 2017 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - October 2017

Please join us for our monthly retreat where you can focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. You are welcome to drop-in througout the day. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

October
20
Friday, October 20, 2017 -
10:00AM to 11:30PM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group to discuss the use of contemplation exercises in teaching. More Contemplative Pedagogy info. 

October
24
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Getting Your Book Published: Demystifying the Process

Fareen Parvez, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Samuel Redman, Assistant Professor of History will each share their experience with publishing their first books alongside Kathleen McDermott, Executive Editor for History with Harvard University Press and Mary Dougherty, Director of the University of Massachusetts Press. More "Getting Your Book Published" info.

October
24
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Willy Wilkinson - Intersectional Resistance and Resilience: Strategies for Survival

Join award-winning transgender writer and public health consultant Willy Wilkinson, MPH, for a thought-provoking conversation punctuated by dynamic book excerpts.  More “Intersectional Resistance and Resilience: Strategies for Survival” info. Free admission.

November
03
Friday, November 03, 2017 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group to discuss the use of contemplation exercises in teaching. More Contemplative Pedagogy info. 

November
06
Monday, November 06, 2017 - 8:00AM to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:00PM
Open Classroom Experience (OCX)

Five days of choices.  Come see instructional strategies in action.  More Open Classroom Experience info.

November
09
Thursday, November 09, 2017 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Inside the U.S. College Classroom: Teaching as an Outsider

International Scholars Forum: Join us to discuss how we can find an authentic teaching persona as educators who sometimes struggle with "teaching who we are." More "Teaching as an Outsider" info.

November
17
Friday, November 17, 2017 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - November 2017

Please join us for our monthly retreat where you can focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. You are welcome to drop-in througout the day. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

November
30
Thursday, November 30, 2017 -
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Workshop: Diversity and General Education

An Event of the Diversity Teaching Workshop Series

This session provides information that will assist faculty who want to convert an existing GenEd course with a U/G designation to meet the new General Education Diversity Requirements, and faculty who want to propose a new course seeking a GenEd DU or DG designation. Members of the General Education Council will provide an overview of the expedited review process for current GenEd U/G courses. Dr. Kirsten Helmer and Dr. Amer F. Ahmed (Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development) will engage participants in a conversation about ways to integrate the new diversity learning outcomes into a course (re)-design.  More “Diversity and General Education” info.

 

December
05
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
New Faculty Lunch: Looking Back, Planning Ahead

Sometimes the best advice you can receive is from your peers who have shared similar experiences.  More "New Faculty Lunch" info.

December
05
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 -
1:00PM to 2:30PM
End-of-Semester Grading

International Scholars Forum: Join us to discuss the peculiarities of the American grading system and share strategies for surviving the end of the semester! More "End-of-Semester Grading" info.

December
07
Thursday, December 07, 2017 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - December 2017

Please join us for our monthly retreat where you can focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. You are welcome to drop-in througout the day. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

December
15
Friday, December 15, 2017 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group to discuss the use of contemplation exercises in teaching. More Contemplative Pedagogy info. 

February
01
Thursday, February 01, 2018 -
11:15AM to 12:45PM
"S/he does have an accent…but”: Combatting Linguistic Bias

International Scholars Forum: Join us to share your challenges and discuss ways to overcome disempowering experiences related to linguistic bias. More "Linguistic Bias" info.

February
02
Friday, February 02, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy: Engaging with the Slow Professor. (Maria Jose Botelho, Language, Literacy & Culture and Raeann LeBlanc, Nursing)

 

February
02
Friday, February 02, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group to discuss the use of contemplation exercises in teaching.  More Contemplative Pedagogy info. 

February
09
Friday, February 09, 2018 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Teaching Workshop: Diversity and General Education

Diversity Teaching Workshop:  Join members of the GenEd Council and Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) to talk about how to best prepare for a successful proposal for a course that will meet the new General Education diversity learning outcomes.  More “Diversity and General Education” info.

February
14
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Creating Inclusive Assignments & Assessments for Diverse Students

Diversity Lunch Talk:  Join UMass faculty for four flash presentations, with following open discussion, that demonstrate a range of ways instructors can create assignments and assessments that provide students various paths to learn and motivate diverse students.  More “Creating Inclusive Assignments & Assessments for Diverse Students” info.

March
02
Friday, March 02, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Savoring Thought: Using Contemplation to Amplify Active Learning in a Writing Class. (Led by Brian Baldi, TEFD). More Contemplative Pedagogy Info.

March
05
Monday, March 05, 2018 -
12:30PM to 2:00PM
Teaching from the Margins: Instructors’ Positionality and Classroom Dynamics

Diversity Lunch Talk: Join Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) and Momina Sims (PhD Student, Health Promotion and Policy) for this interactive, interdisciplinary session that will engage participants in an exploration of how they can navigate challenging classroom dynamics, and draw on their marginalized positionalities to enhance inclusiveness in their classrooms.  More “Teaching from the Margins” info.

March
08
Thursday, March 08, 2018 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Teaching Workshop: Diversity and General Education

Diversity Teaching Workshop:  Join members of the GenEd Council and Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) to talk about how to best prepare for a successful proposal for a course that will meet the new General Education diversity learning outcomes.  More “Diversity and General Education” info.

March
20
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
2:15PM to 3:45PM
Putting Your Teaching Philosophy into Practice

International Scholars Forum: JJoin us to discuss how to teach in ways that feel authentic to who we are AND create the kind of classroom experience that our students need to learn.. More "Putting Your Teaching Philosophy Into Practice" info.

March
22
Thursday, March 22, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - March 2018

Please join us for our monthly retreat where you can focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. You are welcome to drop-in througout the day. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

March
30
Friday, March 30, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Blackness and Mindfulness: The Intersection of Culture, Justice, and Healing.  Led by Michelle Chatman, Dept. of Justice Studies, University of the District of Columbia. More Contemplative Pedagogy Info.

April
04
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
The Autism Spectrum and Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Enabling Connective Teaching and Learning

Diversity Lunch Talk:  Join UMass faculty for four flash presentations, with following open discussion, that demonstrate a range of ways instructors can create assignments and assessments that provide students various paths to learn and motivate diverse students.  More “The Autism Spectrum and Neurodiversity in Higher Education” info.

April
09
Monday, April 09, 2018 -
10:15AM to 11:45AM
Dis/Comfort in the Classroom

International Scholars Forum: Join us to reflect on and discuss how to embrace uncomfortable moments in the classroom as learning opportunities. More "Dis/Comfort in the Classroom" info.

April
11
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 -
3:00PM to 4:00PM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Meditation and the Brain.  Led by Sara Lazar & Gunes Sevinc, Harvard Medical School.  More Contemplative Pedagogy Info

April
13
Friday, April 13, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Reflections from a First-Year Seminar: Cultivating Attention through Nature Writing.  Led by David Glassberg, History.  More Contemplative Pedagogy Info.

April
20
Friday, April 20, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - April 2018

Please join us for our monthly retreat where you can focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. You are welcome to drop-in througout the day. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

April
21
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (All day)
NEURODIVERSITY UNIVERSITY™2018 Symposium

Focusing on the theme of INTERSECTIONALITY AND SPECTRUM IDENTITIES, the 2018 Neurodiversity Symposium will feature an interdisciplinary faculty panel on conceptualizing autism, a keynote talk by best-selling author and advocate John Elder Robison, a Neurodiversity town hall, a film screening, and multiple workshops and resource-sharing opportunities for educators, students, parents, and members of the community.  More “Neurodiversity University 2018 Symposium” info. Free admission.

April
26
Thursday, April 26, 2018 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Best Practices for Fostering Students’ Capacities to Engage with Issues of Diversity

In this workshop, participants will explore best practices for creating inclusive learning environments that foster students’ capacities and skills to engage in class conversations on diversity issues, and for meeting the new GenEd diversity learning outcomes. Participants will also consider strategies for managing hot moments.  More “Best Practices for Fostering Students' Capacities to Engage with Issues of Diversity” info.

May
02
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 -
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus

In this workshop, presenters Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD), Kelsey Hall (Assistive Technology Coordinator), and Marisha Marks (Faculty Instructor Support Coordinator, CPE) will introduce you to six principles of an inclusive syllabus design. Faculty members Dr. Lara Alhariri (Chemistry) and Michael DiPasquale (LARP) will share how they used these principles for redesigning their course syllabi and Moodle pages. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to workshop and apply some of the criteria that inform inclusive syllabus design to aspects of your own syllabus. More Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus info.

May
04
Friday, May 04, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Contemplative Mentorship in the Academy. (Open dialogue). More Contemplative Pedagogy Info.

May
22
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - May 2018

Please join us for our annual off-site retreat where you can focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues and set summer writing goals. Continental breakfast and a catered lunch are provided along with coffee and tea throughout the day. Registration for the off-site Schoarly Writing Retreat will open a few weeks in advance of the date. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.