New England Faculty Development Consortium

Previous Conferences

NEFDC Conferences Archive

Preserved on this page is an archive of past conferences held by NEFDC.  Programs, where available, are linked under each conference.

Spring 2019 Conference

Education in the Age of Anxiety
Friday, June 7, 2019, Landmark College, Putney, VT

This conference featured Dr. Jerome Schultz, Clinical Neuropsychologist & Lecturer on Psychology Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schultz delivered the keynote on “Rescuing the Canary in the Coal Mine: Anxiety and Stress Go to College. What to Know, What to Do.” Conference interactive and poster sessions program featured a number of innovative teaching strategies to help students move from stress to de-stress within the college classroom-without sacrificing academic standards.

Fall 2018 Conference

The Challenges of 21st Century Education
November 9, 2018, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

This conference featured the author, innovator, and global education leader, Charles Fadel, the founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, visiting scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and chair of the Education Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Mr. Fadel’s delivered the keynote on “Four-Dimensional Education for the Age of Artificial Intelligence.”  Interactive and poster sessions program featured a number of innovative teaching strategies as well as technology tips to enhance student engagement.

Spring 2018 Conference

The Role of the Affective Domain in Teaching and Learning
June 8, 2018, Lasell College, Newton, MA

The keynote speaker for the conference, Sarah Rose Cavanagh, spoke of her research interests in the interaction between psychological and biological processes in healthy as well as disrupted emotion regulation.  In particular, she highlighted the role of attention in emotion regulation, cognitive biases in mood and anxiety disorders, and the relationships among emotion regulation, well-being, and positive mood states.  Dr. Cavanagh is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director for Grants and Research for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption Collage.  She is also the author of the best-selling book, The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion  (2016).  Conference interactive and poster sessions program engaged participants in many facets of the affective domain as applied to the classroom.

Fall 2017 Conference

Open Educational Resources
November 17, 2017, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Lead by our panelists, Tom Thibodeau (New England Institute of Technology), Sue Tashjian, (Northern Essex Community College), Patricia Richard (Middlesex Community College) & Donna Maturi (Middlesex Community College), this conference explored the many benefits and challenges of adopting Open Educational Resources. OER represents a global movement to bring quality educational materials free of cost to students everywhere. It also represents an important collaboration between instructors, librarians, and administrators at many colleges and schools. Despite its tremendous benefits, highlighted at our conference (program), OER work also brings challenges around issues such as quality control and content licensing–as well as faculty adoption, student learning and retention.

Spring 2017 Conference

Helping Students Build a Network for Lifelong Learning
June 2, 2017, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA

Alan November, named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine, delivered an inspiring keynote that highlighted the technological literacy educators should be emphasizing in the classroom. He also showcased inspiring stories of student success in transforming their lives through technology. Confernce breakout sessions (program) featured successful implementations of technologies throughout higher education.

Fall 2016 Conference

Civic Engagement & Service-Learning
November 18, 2016, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Randy Stoecker Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin Madison will discuss his Journey “Toward Liberating Service Learning”. Our conference (program) focused on pedagogies and initiatives that foster reciprocal campus-community partnerships that strengthen our teaching and student learning while contributing to the public good. It also featured efforts to re-invigorate the civic engagement of students and faculty in curricular and co-curricular programs.

Spring 2016 Conference

Inclusive Excellence: Teaching and Learning in an Increasingly Interconnected Word
May 24, 2016, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Dr. L. Lee Knefelkamp keynoted a conference (program) focused on ideas, pedagogies and initiatives that create more inclusive classrooms for an increasingly diverse student population. The conference framed diversity in the broadest sense – sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, international/ global, learning disabilities, learning preferences, culture, levels of preparation, etc. We also looked at how technology affords opportunities to support learning and connection in ways previously not possible to support and expand learning for all students.

Fall 2015 Conference

Reclaiming Innovation: Promoting Student Ownership of Learning Through Social Media
Nov 13, 2015, New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI

The fall conference featured Justin Reich, executive director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, where he investigates the complex, technology-rich classrooms of the future and the systems that we need to prepare teachers to thrive in. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program at MIT. Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. In his keynote Justin explored alternatives to learning management systems and the benefits of giving students control over the means of their intellectual production.

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Spring 2015 Conference

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning
May 29, 2015, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

NEFDC partnered with the Center for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University to co-host this conference. The keynote speaker, Katie Novak, currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts, is the author of a best-selling book on inclusive education: UDL Now! A Tteacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Common Core Implementation using Universal Design for Learning (2014) and the forthcoming book, UDL in the Cloud, co-authored by Tom Thibodeau (2015).  Ms. Novak’s interactive workshop and keynote featured tips on planning curricula without the presence of traditional barriers, and how to implement UDL in any learning environment, whether face-to-face or online. The conference also showcased presentations on excellence and innovations in all areas of teaching, faculty support and development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged teaching and scholarship.

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Fall 2014 Conference

Challenges and Opportunities for Educators of the Future
November 21, 2014, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

The fall conference featured Dr. Donna Qualters, Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Tufts University and Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Education.  Dr. Qualters presented ten future factors in education that faculty can take advantage of in the face of a “perfect storm of educational change.”
A pre-conference workshop in collaboration with the National Society for Experiential Education, “Fundamentals of Experiential Education,” was held on November 20th.

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Spring 2014 Conference

“Moving from STEM to STEAM: What Really Works”
June 6, 2014, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

NEFDC partnered with the Center for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University to co-host this conference. The keynote speaker, Katie Novak, currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts, is the author of a best-selling book on inclusive education: UDL Now! A Tteacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Common Core Implementation using Universal Design for Learning (2014) and the forthcoming book, UDL in the Cloud, co-authored by Tom Thibodeau (2015).  Ms. Novak’s interactive workshop and keynote featured tips on planning curricula without the presence of traditional barriers, and how to implement UDL in any learning environment, whether face-to-face or online. The conference also showcased presentations on excellence and innovations in all areas of teaching, faculty support and development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged teaching and scholarship.

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Fall 2013 Conference

The Fall 2013 conference featured Dr. Eric Mazur (Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics), who discussed his peer instruction method for teaching large lecture classes interactively.

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Spring 2013 Conference

Spring 2013 Conference: “Engaged Learning: Impacts and Implications”
June 14, 2013, Westford Conference Center, Westford, MA.

At this conference, Dr. John Saltmarsh, from the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), explored the implications for faculty practice and institutional change needed to support student engagement in experiential learning in their local communities.

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Fall 2012 Conference

“Staying on Course through College!”
November 16, 2012 at The College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

At NEFDC’s Fall Conference, Josipa Roksa, co-author with Richard Arum, of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011) spoke about the research behind the book and suggested ways to address two disturbing trends: loss of focus on academic rigor at many colleges and universities and declining academic performance of many undergraduates.

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Spring 2012 Conference

“Making the Technology Transparent The Professor’s Dilemma”
June 8, 2012

The New England Faculty Development consortium held its Spring 2012 Conference on June 8, 2012 at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The conference theme was “Making the Technology Transparent – The Professor’s Dilemma”. The conference was technology based and technology driven and gave attendees the chance to try out the some new technology in a computer lab environment.

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Spring 2011 Conference

“Mentoring for Good Teaching and Successful Learning”
Co-sponsored by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium; Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, May 20, 2011

Keynote: Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Fall 2010 Conference

“Better Treaching – Better Learning: Reflective Practices for Faculty and Students”
Co-sponsored by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium and AAEEBL, The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, November 19, 2010

Keynote speaker: Dan Willingham, University of Virginia
Session materials
Pre-Conference Workshop – “Portfolios: Evidence-Based Learning and the Challenge to Faculty Development”
Courtyard Worcester, Thursday, November 18, 2010

Spring 2010 Conference

“Teaching for Learning”
Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, Westford, MA, May 21, 2010

Keynote Speaker: G. Christian Jernstedt, Dartmomuth College, “How Learning Changes Brains”

Fall 2009 Conference

“When Questioning is the Answer: Reflective Practice for College Faculty”
DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, Friday, November 13, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Brookfield

Pre-conference workshop, “Reflecting on Your Assessment in Departments and General Education: How to be More Realistic, Effective, and Time-Efficient”

Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester, MA, Thursday, November 12, 2009; Speaker: Barbara Walvoord of the University of Notre Dame

Spring 2009 Conference

“Connecting The .Edus: Using Technology To Connect With Our Students”
Co-sponsored by The Ocean State Higher Education Advanced Network (OSHEAN)
5 sites in VT, NH, MA, RI, and CT, Friday, May 29, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Peter Doolittle, Educational Psychology, Virginia Tech

Fall 2008 Conference

“Accessing Academic Excellence: What Colleges
Can Do to Promote Student Success”

DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, Friday, November 14, 2008

Keynote speaker: Pedro Noguera, Steinhardt School of Education at New York University

Spring 2008 Conference

“Teaching Outside the Box: Teaching & Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls”
Co-sponsored by Northeastern University Martha’s Vineyard Summer Institute on Experiential Education (MVSI), the World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE) and NEFDC; University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 30, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Joseph A. Raelin, Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education. Northeastern University, “Practice First: Learning from Experience”

Fall 2010 Conference

“Engaged Learning: Fostering Student Success”
DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, Friday, November 9, 2007
Keynote speaker: George Kuh, Indiana University

Spring 2007 Conference “Teaching and Information Literacy: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Teaching, Learning, and Research”
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, June 1, 2007
Keynote speaker: Carla List-Handley