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% non-tenure-track instructional faculty) will be contacted via email by TEFD to RSVP for the event.

Upcoming Events

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.

Friday, November 02, 2018 -
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Now What? Mid-Semester Quick Fixes

You are more than halfway through the semester and something feels—off. You have been moving forward with the schedule of topics listed on your syllabus, but you have a gut feeling that your students have not mastered the content. Or maybe you have noticed that students are not coming to class. Perhaps you get the sense that students are bored or disgruntled. You have come to a decision point: Do you just push through to the end of the semester, or are there some easy fixes you can implement to make the remainder of the course meaningful for you and your students? More information on Now What? Mid-Semester Quick Fixes.

Faculty Profile

Laetitia La Follette Publishes on Art History Teaching
Associate Professor | History of Art & Architecture

"For students to understand the power of art, they have to learn what it is to become art historians and then do it themselves. That means working to find their own meanings and interpretations, which requires synthesis and creativity."

In a new article on art history pedagogy, Laetitia La Follette (History of Art & Architecture) explains how Bloom's Taxonomy can be adapted to support deeper, more student-centered learning activities in a large art history survey course.