Save the Date: New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation for academic year 2018-19 will be on Monday, August 27, 2018. New faculty (both tenure-track faculty and 100% full-time non-tenure-track instructional faculty) will be contacted via email by TEFD to RSVP for the event.

Upcoming Events

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

Location: Campus Center 904-08

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.

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.
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.

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.

Faculty Profile

David Gross Partners with TEFD to Study Teaching
Professor | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

“Comparing across three different sections of the same course, we did not find statistically significant differences in individual performance, effort, or team performance depending on whether teams were formed by the instructor, by students, or randomly by the learning management system.”

In collaboration with TEFD’s Mei-Yau Shih and Sarah Pociask, David Gross (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) studied the impact of team formation strategies on student performance and attitudes in one of his team-based courses. They found that instructor-designed teams were more diverse, but that students in these teams performed no better than their peers in self-selected or randomly assigned teams. To find out more, read the full article, which was published in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.