New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference

Students as Partners in Learning Design

Friday, November 19, 2021

9:00 am – 2:45 pm


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alison Cook-Sather,
Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education and Director, Peace, Conflict and Social Justice concentration and Director, Teaching and Learning Institute, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges



Keynote Theme

Creating Inclusive and Equitable Learning Opportunities: The Potential of Pedagogical Partnership for Students and Faculty

Registration is Now Open!

You may notice that the fall conference fees are slightly higher that for the spring, but still very reasonable and substantially lower than our in-person rates. This is in order to maintain our financial strength, continue to offer S0TL Awards to our members, and cover the cost of the keynote speaker.

Registration Fees:

$60 – Non-members

$40 – Members

$30 – Presenters (you will receive a promo code from the proposal committee)


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Conference Location

Fully online. No parking! No traffic!

Conference Schedule Overview

9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening remarks

9:15 am -10:30 am Keynote

10:30 am -10:45 am Break

10:45-11:45 – Concurrent Session 1

11:45-12:30 – Lunch

12:30-1:30 – Concurrent Session 2

1:30-2:00 Concurrent Session 3

Concurrent Session 1: 10:45 am – 11:45 am (50-Minute Roundtable Session)


True Partnership: How students and a CTL collaboratively designed and implemented a pedagogical partnership program

Ryan Rideau, Tufts University

Michelle Nguyen, Tufts University

Kianie Ramirez, Tufts University


Whose Lives Matter? Global Perspectives on Equity through Education

Jacquelynne Boivin, Bridgewater State University

Heather Pacheco-Guffrey, Bridgewater State University


Students as Partners in Learning Design related to Sustainability Issues and Their Professional Development

David O’Malley, Bridgewater State University


Ludic Pedagogy and in-class Peer Educators generate deep learning in History general education classes

Bernard Grindel, Quinnipiac University

Maria Dillon, Quinnipiac University

Emily Thompson, Quinnipiac University

Concurrent Session 2: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (50-Minute Roundtable Session)


The Impacts of Student-Written, Student-Facilitated Case Studies on Critical Thinking, Participation, and Learning

Matthew Schwartz, Simmons University


Designers and Deliverers:

Undergraduates Co-Creating a Flipped and Blended College Course 

Robert W. Maloy, UMass Amherst

Sharon A. Edwards, UMass Amherst

Alexandra Gearty, UMass Amherst

Katie Allan, UMass Amherst

Brendan Lee, UMass Amherst

Carly O’Connell, UMass Amherst 

Meghan O’Rourke, UMass Amherst 

Devon Wallman, UMass Amherst


Embedding Student Leadership in all Content Areas

Lorraine Connell, Brewster Academy


Contemplative Education: Removing Obstacles to Success and Creating a Sense of Belonging

Kristyn DeMarco, Johnson & Wales University

Concurrent Session 3: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm (25-minute Teaching Tip Session)


Using Discussion Boards to Facilitate Peer Learning

Maryhelen MacInnes, Community College of Rhode Island


Swimming with Students: Organizing Effective Fishbowl Discussions

Michael Neagle, Nichols College

Boyd Brown III, Nichols College


Engaging Students (and Professors) in Online Biology Courses

Heather Townsend, Community College of Rhode Island


Peer-Mentoring to Address Inclusivity Challenges and Increasing Student Retention & Success in STEM

Kristin Rosler, Johnson & Wales University