A confidential and voluntary service that TEFD provides to instructors to enable them to get student feedback on a course while the course is in progress. Typically conducted between weeks 4 and 9 of the semester. The MAP is one of the most widely requested services offered by TEFD.
Jump-start your fall semester with a conversation about your course and your course syllabus. In-person and phone consultations available from August 1–September 5, 2017.
Do you have questions related to issues of inclusive teaching, equity, and diversity? Please contact Dr. Kirsten Helmer directly to request an email or in-person consultation.
Campus investments in TBL classrooms beginning in 2011 have spurred extraordinary innovation and refinement of student-centered teaching by scores of faculty. If you are interested in teaching in a TBL classroom—or active and collaborative learning more generally—consider scheduling a consultation in a TBL Classroom to share your interests and ways forward that might suit you best.
TEFD offers a customized process to enable individual instructors and departments, schools, and colleges to study their own teaching as a means to improve student learning.
TEFD provides facilitation, coaching, and specialized workshops upon request of departments and collegues on campus.
Programs with Faculty Funding
Through this year-long fellowship program, faculty explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social, and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive, and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity. $1,500 stipend. Open to all full-time faculty.
A program that enables promising assistant professors to cultivate teaching excellence in a year-long collaboration. Compensation of a $7,000 grant to fellow's home department plus $7,000 for fellow's research trust fund. Open to full-time tenure-track faculty (or tenured for no more than one year).
A two-semester community of practice centered on SCTL course redesign. In the first semester participants proceed together in a structured design process; the second semester focuses on implementation issues that arise. $1,000 stipend. Open to all fulltime faculty.
TEFD encourages faculty to develop robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages. TEFD refers to this approach as "Mutual Mentoring."
TEFD supports the integration of contemplative pedagogy (CP) into course design and teaching. TEFD's Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, which meets monthly during the academic year, welcomes instructors at all career stages across the disciplines.
A unique opportunity to see instructional strategies in action.
Held throughout the academic year, the salons provide a venue for instructors to engage in exploratory and bold conversations on pedagogy in a pleasant, agenda-free format. The initiative combines the expertise of TEFD, UMass IT, the Center for Educational Software Development, and the Libraries to stimulate instructional conversations across disciplines.
UMass Amherst is a CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) institution, sharing with other Research-1 institutions a goal of improving the preparation of STEM graduate students and postdocs for careers that include college and university teaching.
This monthly forum brings international faculty, post-docs, and graduate students together with others who are interested in how to best support international students in their classes. Come to connect, exchange ideas, grapple with teaching challenges, and learn about inclusive teaching practices. Co-sponsored series with the Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD).
Come for lunch (provided by TEFD) and connect with and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in teaching. Offered monthly. Varying topics. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.
TEFD offers evidence-based workshops on a wide variety of topics that are open to all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, TEFD works with various units on campus to produce discipline- and topic-specific programming.
Videos - TEFD Online
TEFD has produced a series of short videos on student-centered course design that may serve as a helpful introduction to college teaching for new faculty or a way for experience faculty who are often not formally trained to further develop their practices.
Hear colleagues tell their stories of implementing student-centered practices in their disciplines. What’s your teaching story?
Grant Opportunities for Faculty
Flex Grants are small grants of $500 that are funded by the campus through the MSP contract. Grants are intended to support faculty professional development related to teaching. Open to all MSP bargaining unit faculty and librarians.
PMYR Grants for Professional Development in Teaching are designed to support the teaching development goals of tenured faculty. Proposals can address a wide range of teaching development activities. Grant provides Associate and Full Professors with grants of up to $3,000. Separate from any PMYR funds faculty members may receive from their college.
The Open Education Initiative is a faculty incentive program that encourages the use of existing low-cost or free information resources to support student learning. TEFD partners with the UMass Library, Instructional Innovation, and the Provost's Office to support the Open Education Initiative program and offer grants.
The Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. This competitive prize is presented to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community.
The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) program honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level at UMass Amherst. Students and alumni nominate instructors in April and September. Three separate committees choose three tenure-track faculty, one lecturer, and two teaching assistant recipients who receive the award in the spring.
The COTA program honors faculty members for their teaching accomplishments at the college level. Award consists of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. Open to full-time faculty who meet specific requirements.