Beth Lisi

Position or Job Title
Assistant Director and Lecturer
Phone Number
(413) 545-1699
Email Address
301D Goodell Building

Since joining the CTL in 2017, I am always thinking about how we can incorporate visual thinking, metaphors, and universal design for learning (UDL) in teaching as an exciting (and effective) way of explaining new ideas or organizing a course. I love talking with faculty about these strategies and other ways to experiment in the classroom through individual consultations on syllabus and course design and in our MAP (Midsemester Assessment Process) program. I also facilitate CTL workshops on student-centered teaching approaches, course design, and assessment. In addition to serving as the organizational lead for the MAP program, I oversee the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) competition, where I get to learn about (and be awed by) the amazing teaching of our UMass Amherst faculty.

I have taught first-year seminars focused on education and visual thinking and graduate courses in higher education at UMass Amherst, and am currently an adjunct instructor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration in the College of Education.

My courses include:

  • FYS 191: To Rage or Not to Rage Against the Machine
  • FYS 191: How to Think with Your Hands
  • EDUC 601A: Foundations of Higher Education (fully online)

I have published in About Campus, To Improve the Academy, New Directions for Institutional Research, and the Journal of Faculty Development. I hold a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations and a master’s degree in education with a teaching certification in high school English, both from the University of Rhode Island (where I grew up!). I earned my PhD in education with a specialization in higher education and faculty development from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 


New and Selected Conference Presentations:

Vanasse, M., Shih, M., & Lisi, B. (2020). Mining for information: Reporting and consulting techniques for formative assessment. 45th Annual Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Conference (Virtual Session).

Lisi, B., & Vanasse, M. (2020). Mapping a landscape of opportunity: Removing roadblocks in faculty development. The Teaching Professor Virtual Conference.

Lisi, B., & Zinn, F. (2019). Memes, metaphors, and maps: Connecting online through visuals. 44th Annual Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Horii, C., Weaver, J., & Lisi, B. (2019). Faculty and future faculty with disabilities: A systematic literature review. 44th Annual Professional and Organization Development (POD) Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Lisi, B. (2019). Modeling universal design for learning (UDL) principles in faculty development programming. The Teaching Professor Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Lisi, B. and Baldi, B. (2018). Flexible teaching reflection: Asynchronous peer coaching for better course alignment. 17th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning, Niagara University, January.