Brian Baldi headshot 2018

Brian Baldi

301H Goodell Building

Brian Baldi

Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer

Brian Baldi is Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Brian leads the Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, conducts midterm assessments and teaching consultations, co-founded the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, and assists with the Mellon Mutual Mentoring Initiative. He was a co-PI on both the Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Teaching and Learning Grant from the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society. Brian has taught literature and writing at both UMass Amherst and Marlboro College in Vermont, and teaches First-Year Seminars at UMass Amherst, including: FYS197: Literatures of Some Futures, FYS197: The Literature of Food, and the upcoming FYS197: Particular Potency: Contemporary Short Stories.

Brian’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, The Massachusetts Review, ZYZZYVA, Fairy Tale Review, Fourteen Hills, Denver Quarterly, "Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairty Tales" (Wayne State University Press), "Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings," (Pressgang), and "Best of the Web 2010" (DZANC Books)He has also published a chapter on faculty scholarly writing programming in "Working with Faculty Writers" (Utah State University Press), and an article, “Mutual Mentoring for Early-Career and Underrepresented Faculty: Model, Research, and Practice," in Innovative Higher Education.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of California Berkeley, a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master's in Library Science from Simmons College.

Conference Presentations

Baldi, B. (2019). “Supporting student transitions and deep learning through contemplative practices," Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference, Daytona, FL, January.

Baldi, B. (2018). “Savoring thought: Using contemplation to amplify active learning in writing classes,” 17th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning, Niagra University, January.

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

Hall, K., Marks, M, and Baldi, B. (2017). “Universal design for learning in higher education: Considering the role of accessibility and assistive technology,” Academic Innovation Conference, UMass President’s Office, Boston, MA, April.

Pader, E., Baldi, B., Botelho, M.J., Krupczyski, J. (2016). “Engagement, identity, love, and transformation: Contemplative inquiry & critical teaching,” Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, UMass Amherst, October.

Pader, E., Baldi, B., Botelho, M.J., Krupczyski, J. (2015) “Embodying the service-learning experience: Contemplative pedagogies in context,” Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Howard University, Washington DC, October.

Yun, J.H., Sorcinelli, M.D., and Baldi, B. (2014) “The mutual mentoring initiative: Designing, implementing, and sustaining a mentoring program for new and early-career faculty,” International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June.

Baldi, B. and Sorcinelli, M.D. (2013) “The scholarly writing continuum: A flexible program model for centers,” Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education 2013 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November. 


Yun, J. H., Baldi, B., & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2016). Mutual mentoring for early-career and underrepresented faculty: Model, research, and practice.” Innovative Higher Education, (5), 441. doi:10.1007/s10755-016-9359-6 [article]

Baldi, B., Sorcinelli, M.D., and Yun, J.H. (2013). “The scholarly writing continuum: A new program model for teaching & faculty development centers.” In Geller, A. E., & Eodice, M. (eds.). Working with faculty writers (pp 38-49). Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press. [chapter]

Baldi, B. (2008). “The interval in writing: What happens between pussycats and thugs does not stay between pussycats and thugs.” AWP Writer’s Chronicle, September 2008. [article]