Colleen Kuusinen

Position or Job Title
Educational Developer and Lecturer
Phone Number
(413) 545-2943
Email Address
301C Goodell Building

I love to talk about creating meaningful learning experiences for students through equity-oriented, student-centered assessment and teaching practices. I work closely with faculty across campus to support scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and serve as the organizational lead on the end-of-term confidential course feedback survey, the Forward FOCUS (Feedback on Course Understanding and Skills). You can also find me conducting midterm course assessments and facilitating workshops on assessment, soliciting, interpreting, and responding to student feedback, and engagement strategies.

I’ve taught courses on Developmental and Psychological Perspectives on Education, College Teaching, Human Development at the undergrad, master's, and doctoral level at the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia. At UMass, I teach a first-year seminar called, “Beyond the Mat: The Ethical Practices of Yoga.”

I hold a PhD and MA from the University of Michigan (Education and Psychology; Education Studies) and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley (English). However, my most transformational learning experiences were teaching 7th grade English and Social Studies in Oakland, California and living and teaching abroad in Spain and France. 


New and Selected Conference Presentations

Kuusinen, C. M. & Tooker, N. (2021, May) Re-thinking and re-framing course evaluations with the Forward FOCUS. Virtual workshop presentation at the University of South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning. Mobile, AL.

Al Weshah, A. & Kuusinen, C. M. (2019, April). Incorporating Immediate Online Feedback Systems into a Large Engineering Classroom. Accepted for poster presentation at the University System of Georgia Teaching and Learning Conference. Athens, GA.

Kuusinen, C. M. (2018, January). Performing educational research in Reacting to the Past settings. In T.C. Hagood & C.E. Watson (Co-chairs), Panelist at American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting (AAC&U), Washington D.C. [email for accompanying book chapter]