Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions

Collage of pictures of students and college campuses

Many faculty enjoy rewarding careers at colleges and universities that primarily emphasize teaching, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and regional comprehensive universities. This free annual one-day regional conference brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to discuss what it’s like to work at teaching-intensive institutions and how to apply for these faculty positions. Graduate students and postdocs will engage with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region through a series of talks, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. 

2022 Program: September 30 at Westfield State University!

After almost a 3 year hiatus, we are excited to be planning another Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions conference at Westfield State University on September 30, 2022 (it will be in person only – no virtual attendance option). Registration is now open to all graduate students, postdocs, and recent graduate alumni

The final program is available here, including session descriptions and presenter information! 

Here is an overview of the day:


Refreshments and Check-in 


Welcoming Remarks 


Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions Plenary Panels


Breakout Session #1 (choose one session to attend)

  • Time Management While Teaching Multiple Classes
  • The Community College Experience: Mission and Purpose
  • Teaching Science at a Teaching Intensive Institution


Networking Luncheon (pizza lunch)


Breakout Session #2 (choose one session to attend)

  • Maintaining a Scholarly Identity at a Teaching Intensive Institution
  • Teaching as a Social Justice Calling
  • Teaching Engineering at a Teaching Intensive Institution


Navigating the Job Application Process


Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or recent grad interested in attending? Register now!

All graduate students, postdocs, and recent graduate school alumni are invited to attend this free conference! Please register for the 2022 TTII conference using this form. 

Are you a faculty member interested in participating?

Are you a faculty member at a teaching intensive institution who is interested in joining us? Please be in touch with either Johanna Yunker or Shana Passonno! We are always looking for panelists and folks to join the networking lunch.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

We are so grateful to our sponsors for making this event free for all! A huge thank you goes to Boston University, Brown University, MIT, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Rhode Island, and Westfield State University!

Alyx Burns

TTII was an invaluable opportunity to hear from and talk to faculty at different stages in their careers from a variety of different institutions. Hearing from faculty at different types of institutions helped me better understand what life was like for current faculty and figure out what kinds of institutions I might like to apply to when it was time. I also learned a lot about the process of applying which made the process much less scary! I went twice and learned so much both times.

- Alyx Burns (alum, PhD, Lecturer of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke)


The TTII conference was started in 2014 by Paula Krebs, now the executive director of the Modern Language Association. After various institutions around Massachusetts hosted us, including UMass Amherst and UMass Boston, we have found a home at Westfield State University. To get a sense of our program, here is the agenda from our last in-person conference in 2019: TTII Agenda for 2019.


If you have questions about the conference, please feel free to contact Johanna Yunker or Shana Passonno!

TTII from 2018