Upcoming Events

January
25
Friday, January 25, 2019 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - January 2019

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.

January
30
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 11:00AM
Fulbright Workshop & Luncheon

Faculty are invited to attend this annual event sponsored by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement, TEFD, and IPO.  A workshop/luncheon is planned for Wednesday, January 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Amherst Room. A representative from Fulbright and a panel of faculty Fulbright alums will provide information and insight into Fulbright opportunities and the application process.  Individual consultations with the Fulbright rep will occur the afternoon of January 30 and on the morning of January 31. Space is limited. Please contact Kimberly Stender kstender@umass.edu by January 18 to register for the workshop/luncheon and an individual consultation.

February
01
Friday, February 01, 2019 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Map Your Mentor Network

Traditional ideas about mentoring—often pairing a senior faculty member with an early-career faculty member—has the potential to result in unfulfilling professional development. Join us to discuss the mutual mentoring framework and how identifying a network of mentors can help you thrive as a new faculty member. This workshop is part of the First Year, First Friday series for all new faculty.

February
05
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 -
10:00AM to 11:00AM
Mutual Mentoring Information Session 1

Mutual Mentoring Information Sessions will cover the components of TEFD's Mutual Mentoring Team Grant and Micro Grants. All interested applicants are required to attend one information session in order to be considered for a grant.

February
06
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 -
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Diversity Lunch Talk: Small Changes – Big Impact: Interventions for Cultivating Diversity-Positive Classes That Any Instructor Can Do with Michelle Trim and Paige Warren

In this workshop, TIDE Ambassador Faculty Fellows Michelle Trim (Computer Sciences) and Paige Warren (Environmental Conservation) will lead attendees in a working discussion on how to implement small changes for diversity-positive classes that benefit student learning. 

February
06
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 -
2:30PM to 3:30PM
Mutual Mentoring Information Session 2

Mutual Mentoring Information Sessions will cover the components of TEFD's Mutual Mentoring Team Grant and Micro Grants. All interested applicants are required to attend one information session in order to be considered for a grant.

February
14
Thursday, February 14, 2019 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
International Scholars Series - Navigating the Hidden Curriculum in STEM

Join Marialuisa Di Stefano (College of Education) in learning how to recognize and make visible the hidden curriculum operating in our classes and departments as we explore some of the most common assumptions about STEM education with the goal of improving teaching and learning.

February
14
Thursday, February 14, 2019 -
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Mutual Mentoring Information Session 3

Mutual Mentoring Information Sessions will cover the components of TEFD's Mutual Mentoring Team Grant and Micro Grants. All interested applicants are required to attend one information session in order to be considered for a grant.

February
15
Friday, February 15, 2019 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
I'm a PI, Now What? The Big Picture

This first workshop in the series will give Principal Investigators the bigger picture of what it takes to manage all the administrative work on a grant while staying focused on the really important piece: the research! The session will provide an overview of the all the responsibilities of being a PI and discuss both the challenges and resources for managing your grant.  We will also introduce key topic areas such as: PI responsibilities, working with Co-I's and subcontractors, hiring and supervising staff, building a team, monitoring budgets, and reporting strategies.  Co-leading the workshop will be Maureen Perry-Jenkins, Professor of Psychology, (with many years of experience leading large grant-funded projects) and Wendy Varner, CNS Director of Faculty Development. 

February
15
Friday, February 15, 2019 -
10:00AM to 11:00AM
Mutual Mentoring Information Session 4

Mutual Mentoring Information Sessions will cover the components of TEFD's Mutual Mentoring Team Grant and Micro Grants. All interested applicants are required to attend one information session in order to be considered for a grant.

February
21
Thursday, February 21, 2019 -
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Helping Students Succeed through Well-Written Assignments

Simple changes in how we design and explain our assignments can make a big difference in student performance. Join us for a workshop on designing clear, specific assignments.

February
22
Friday, February 22, 2019 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - February 2019

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.

February
25
Monday, February 25, 2019 -
12:15PM to 1:45PM
Diversity Lunch Talk: Teaching Inclusively in Large and Online Classes with Lara Al-Hariri, Bryan Monesson-Olson, Raeann Leblanc, Lisa Fontes

Come to this session to learn from TIDE Ambassador Faculty Fellows Lara Al-Hariri (Chemistry), Bryan Monesson-Olson (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), Lisa Fontes (University without Walls), and Raeann Leblanc (Nursing) how they have been successfully implementing inclusive and equitable teaching practices and learning activities in their large and online classes.

March
01
Friday, March 01, 2019 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
I'm a PI, Now What? How to Lead Research Collaborations

This is a workshop for faculty that provides tools for planning, practicing, and maintaining effective research collaborations as a PI. How does a Lead PI balance equity and efficiency? What are common pitfalls in collaboration and how can lines of communication remain open and aligned with the mission of the project? What formal procedures and informal processes can ensure an effective ongoing research collaborations across Departments, Colleges, and Universities? Join us for an interactive workshop discussing ways to ensure your next collaborative project is one that is a great experience as well as productive.

March
22
Friday, March 22, 2019 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - March 2019

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
22
Friday, March 22, 2019 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
International Scholars Series - International Café

In this this session we will use the highly interactive format of rotating table conversations to talk about challenges that international instructors and students are facing, and strategies to navigate these challenges.

March
26
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Diversity Lunch Talk: Developing a Teaching Development Course for Graduate TAs/TOs with Brokk Toggerson, Jake Shechter, Sara Feyzbakhsh

Join TIDE Ambassador Faculty Fellow Brokk Toggerson (Physics) and graduate students Sara Feyzbakhsh and Jake Shechter as they share how they developed a seminar that supports new graduate TAs in teaching according to principles of active learning and managing issues of identity that often arise in classes. 

March
29
Friday, March 29, 2019 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
I'm a PI, Now What? Money In, Money Out: Budgeting, Spending, and Reconciling

After the champagne toasts, reality sets in and successfully funded PIs need to consider re-budgeting in the face of cuts and unexpected expenses. Contracts and subcontracts must be executed, people must be hired and paid, widgets must be purchased, and everything must be tracked and reconciled. The first time through can be daunting. Join us for a workshop in which two experienced PIs break it down for you! 

April
05
Friday, April 05, 2019 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Recharge Your Batteries and Make a Plan

It may seem premature to start talking about the summer break in April, but taking a few proactive moves now to set yourself for a productive summer will only help you in the long run. This workshop is part of the First Year, First Friday series for all new faculty.

April
12
Friday, April 12, 2019 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
I'm a PI, Now What? The Future is Here: Planning Your Next Project

Now that you have a foundation for how to manage your current project, what's next? How will you publish and disseminate findings from the current grant, and how will you build towards your next proposal? Join Michelle Budig, Jennifer Ross, and Thea Atwood, who will discuss planning for grant renewals and new proposals while writing reports, disseminating and archiving your work, and more.

April
23
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 -
9:45AM to 11:15AM
International Scholars Series - Becoming More Culturally Aware in Your Teaching Style

In this interactive workshop we will introduce a tool to help you analyze your teaching style and redesign a lesson that helps students draw on their cultural strengths for learning successfully in your class.

April
25
Thursday, April 25, 2019 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - April 2019

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.

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

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

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

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

Location: Campus Center 904-08

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.
August
30
Thursday, August 30, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - August 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. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

September
05
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 -
12:15PM to 1:30PM
Diversity Lunch Talk: Creating Inclusive and Engaged Classes from the Start

A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shows that a student’s sense of belonging on campus and in our classes supports academic success. The first weeks of classes in particular are critical for shaping the class environment and student attitudes. Join us for this interactive session to share and explore strategies for classroom activities that foster an inclusive learning environment where all students feel respected and valued. More “Creating Inclusive and Engaged Classes from the Start” info

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.

September
14
Friday, September 14, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

Come join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group for our first meeting of the academic year. The meeting will include an introduction to contemplative pedagogy, a discussion of the upcoming Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference at UMass, and setting intentions for the semester. For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page.

September
24
Monday, September 24, 2018 -
2:30PM to 3:45PM
International Scholars Series - Decoding UMass Student Culture

What do your students expect from you and your class? How might these expectations differ from what you experienced as a student, and what you expect from your students as an instructor or lab leader? This interactive discussion will provide you with an opportunity to explore those expectations and help you to brainstorm ways to create supportive relationships that can enhance your students’ learning. More "Decoding UMass Student Culture" info.

September
27
Thursday, September 27, 2018 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Diversity & General Education: Writing a Successful Course Proposal for GenEd DU/DG Courses

This session provides information that will assist faculty who need to go through the expedited review process for their existing GenEd course with a DU/DG 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 DU/DG courses. Participants will be introduced to a graphic organizer that can help faculty to visualize how their proposed course will meet the new diversity learning outcomes. Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and members of the General Education Council for this informative session.

September
28
Friday, September 28, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - September 2018

You are welcome to join us for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues. A $5 ticket to purchase refreshments in the library cafe or Campus Center will be provided when you arrive. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

September
28
Friday, September 28, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

Come join colleagues interested in using contemplative exercises to deepen learning. This meeting will feature a presentation, "From the Griot to Hip Hop: Oral Tradition as Critical Liberatory Praxis in Islamic Black America," by Amer Ahmed, Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development with the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development.

For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page.

 

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
Diversity Lunch Talk: “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

October
18
Thursday, October 18, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:15AM
International Scholars Series - Searching for Our Authentic Teaching Persona

How can we preserve our joy and love of teaching? How can we grow as teachers? How can we find the courage to teach with integrity and authenticity? In this interactive session we want to explore what these questions mean for us as educators who sometimes struggle with teaching authentically as we find ourselves positioned at the margins of our own classrooms. More "Searching for Our Authentic Teaching Persona" info.

October
25
Thursday, October 25, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - October 2018

You are welcome to join us for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues. A $5 ticket to purchase refreshments in the library cafe or Campus Center will be provided when you arrive. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

October
25
Thursday, October 25, 2018 -
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Diversity and General Education – Aligning How You Teach with the New GenEd DIV Learning Outcomes

This session provides faculty who are currently teaching a GenEd course with a DU/DG designation with a midterm check-in opportunity to share and discuss challenges and successes related to engaging their students with the new GenEd Diversity Learning Outcomes. Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and members of the General Education Council for this interactive cross-disciplinary session.

October
26
Friday, October 26, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

Come join colleagues interested in using contemplative exercises to deepen learning. This meeting will feature a presentation, "'Culture Keepers': Dynamic Mindfulness & Social Justice Practices in K-12 Public Schools and Higher Education," by Kofi-Charu Nat Turner, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at UMass Amherst.

For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page.

October
31
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Diversity & General Education: Writing a Successful Course Proposal for GenEd DU/DG Courses

This session provides information that will assist faculty who need to go through the expedited review process for their existing GenEd course with a DU/DG 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 DU/DG courses. Participants will be introduced to a graphic organizer that can help faculty to visualize how their proposed course will meet the new diversity learning outcomes. Join TEFD Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Kirsten Helmer and members of the General Education Council for this informative session.

November
01
Thursday, November 01, 2018 -
11:30AM to 12:45PM
Diversity Lunch Talk: Ethnically & Racially Inclusive Approaches to Teaching Writing with Manning Prize Winner Dr. Haivan Hoang and Florianne Jimenez (PhD)

UMass students bring a wide range of language backgrounds and writing practices informed by cultural heritage and past experiences to classes. Part of designing an inclusive classroom involves recognizing and building on students’ diverse language and writing experiences, or we risk racializing and alienating them. As teachers, we face challenging questions: How can we design assignments and class activities that encourage students to recognize and draw from their language and writing backgrounds? What possible tensions might we find between a student’s ethnic discourses and a teacher’s expectations for writing in a course, and how can we address these tensions through our course design and classroom practices?

Join Prof. Haivan Hoang (English) and Florianne Jimenez (English/Writing Center) for an interactive workshop where we will share best practices for designing linguistically and racially inclusive classrooms and facilitate discussion about specific approaches to assignments and class activities.

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

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? Making Mid-Semester Changes.

November
09
Friday, November 09, 2018 -
12:15PM to 1:30PM
International Scholars Series - Combatting Linguistic Bias

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

November
30
Friday, November 30, 2018 -
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Scholarly Writing Retreat - November 2018

You are welcome to join us for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues. A $5 ticket to purchase refreshments in the library cafe or Campus Center will be provided when you arrive. More "Scholarly Writing Retreat" info.

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

Come join colleagues interested in using contemplative exercises to deepen learning. This meeting will feature a presentation, "Relationality, Respect, Reverence, Reciprocity, Relevance: Bringing the 5 Indigenous Rs into a Contemplative Classroom (Even in Large Lecture Courses)," by Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UMass Amherst.

For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page.

December
07
Friday, December 07, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Looking Back, Planning Ahead

The end of the semester is almost upon us. It’s time to take a long exhale, reflect on what worked and what changes we want to make, and plan ahead. 

December
14
Friday, December 14, 2018 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

Come join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group for our final meeting of the semester. The meeting will include sharing strategies and reflecting on our fall teaching. For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page.

 

January
16
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 -
12:00PM to 2:00PM
Spring New Faculty Orientation

This "just-in-time" orientation is open to all new full-time faculty beginning their appointments in January 2019.