Fundamentals of Faculty Development

TEFD has developed an asynchronous, online, non-credit course, LLCAR 125: Fundamentals of Faculty Development: Essential Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Based Teaching, to help you develop an understanding of the field of faculty development and build practical skills that you can apply in your own academic setting.  

The course term will run from May 21–July 1, 2019. Registration opens March 11, 2019. A non-credit UMass Amherst transcript will be provided upon request.

The course will help build understanding of the field and hone practical skills to use faculty development work. Each week's module offers a mix of:

  • Video mini-lectures
  • Individual and group assignments
  • Key readings
Key Topics:

PART 1: Getting Grounded in Faculty Development

Week 1 – Defining the field and its current landscape
Week 2 – Exploring current program types, goals, structures, and collaborations

PART 2: Fundamental Skills and Practices

Week 3 - Assessing the professional development needs of your faculty and institution
Week 4 - Using evidence-based approaches to deliver services and programs
Week 5 - Planning successful learning communities, institutes, and workshops
Week 6 - Developing your instructional consultation skills

This six-module course was developed and will be taught by seasoned faculty developers:

Dr. Mary Deane SorcinelliDr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Dr. Mei-Yau ShihDr. Mei-Yau Shih 


Term Fee: $25
Class Fee: $450

Register through UMass Continuing & Professional Education
Enrollment at UMass Amherst is not required to register for the course.


Questions? Contact Dr. Mei-Yau Shih • • 413-545-1225.