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Bethany Lisi

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301D Goodell

Bethany Lisi

Director of Faculty Development Initiatives

Bethany Lisi, Director of Faculty Development Initiatives, creates and manages programming to support faculty across the career continuum with a particular focus on new and early-career faculty. She is responsible for planning and facilitating New Faculty Orientation, The First Year, First Friday Series for new faculty, and the Mutual Mentoring Program. Beth conducts individual consultations as well as mid-semester assessments on teaching (known as the MAP program).

She received a B.A. (University of Rhode Island) in Communications and Public Relations, an M.A. (University of Rhode Island) in Education with a certification to teach secondary English, and a Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts Amherst) in Education with a concentration in Higher Education. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Grants at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager at Queensborough Community College (Queens, NY), where she worked with faculty on securing funding for their academic and scientific research. Beth has taught education-focused First Year Seminars at the University of Rhode Island and UMass Amherst and graduate courses in the Higher Education program at UMass Amherst.


Lisi, B. (2017). Cooperative attention: Using qualitative case studies to study peer institutions. In E. Kimball and K. Loyasuarez (Eds.), New Directions for Institutional Research, 174, 81-93.

Lisi, B. (2016). Subjectivities in the sandbox: Discovering biases through visual memo writing. To Improve the Academy, 35(2), 326-338.

Lisi, B. (2015). Using scaffolding approaches in organizational decision-making on grant funding. Journal of Grant Professionals Association, 13(1), 1-8. (invited article)

Lisi, B. (2014). How instructional scaffolding can be used in faculty grant development. GPA Strategy Papers, 1(2), 1-4.