Save the Date: New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation for academic year 2018-19 will be on Monday, August 27, 2018. New faculty (both tenure-track faculty and 100% full-time non-tenure-track instructional faculty) will be contacted via email by TEFD to RSVP for the event.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -
9:30AM to 11:30AM
Syllabus Re-Design Workshop: Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus

Location: Campus Center 904-08

In this workshop, presenters Dr. Kirsten Helmer (TEFD) and Marisha Marks (Faculty Instructor Support Coordinator, CPE) will introduce you to six principles of an inclusive syllabus design. Faculty members Dr. Lara Alhariri (Chemistry) and Michael DiPasquale (LARP) will share how they used these principles for redesigning their course syllabi and Moodle pages. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to workshop and apply some of the criteria that inform inclusive syllabus design to aspects of your own syllabus. More Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus info.

Monday, August 27, 2018 -
9:00AM to 3:30PM
New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation is designed to introduce first-year faculty to resources that will support their research, teaching, and professional networking. The event is intended for new full-time faculty across all ranks (lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, full professors, chairs, and deans). Pre-registration is required and TEFD will contact new faculty directly to invite them to the event.
Friday, September 07, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
What UMass Amherst Students Need and How to Support Them

We often hear about UMass Amherst students as statistics: GPAs, number of majors, or demographic percentages. But what do we know about our students as learners? And how can we, as faculty, support them during their critical years at UMass Amherst? There is no better time for this discussion than right at the start of the fall semester, when we enter the classroom and start to form relationships with our students. More information about What UMass Amherst Students Need.

Friday, October 05, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
GoFund Me: On-Campus Funding Opportunities for Teaching and Research

Working at UMass Amherst is like living in a city: the campus feels geographically expansive, it’s hard to communicate across boroughs, information gets lost, and you find yourself sticking to the same familiar locations. But within this city, there are always opportunities to seize if you know how to find them; we apply this same analogy to locating on-campus funding for your teaching and research development. More information on GoFund Me: On-Campus Funding Opportunities.

Faculty Profile

Megan Lewis on Collaborative Learning
Assistant Professor | Theater

“To understand what I think about collaborative learning, you have to understand what I think about theater.”

Dr. Megan Lewis shares her experiences with team-based learning in the first of 22 interviews that TEFD conducted over the last several months with faculty engaged in collaborative and critical teaching practices. Each faculty interview will yield a long-form video on a theme—in this case collaborative learning—and a few shorter, more in-depth videos on specific topics of common interest. Videos will be published throughout the summer on TEFD's Faculty Voices page. Thanks to Dr. Lewis and the other extraordinary faculty who have shared their expertise.