New England Faculty Development Consortium

Conference Fall 2021

NEFDC Conference

Students as Partners in Learning Design

Friday, November 19, 2021

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


Dr. Cook-Sather is a pioneer in the field of developing pedagogical partnerships between students and faculty, has published extensively herself, established and serves as editor for the International Journal of Students as Partners. In describing the importance of this work in increasing equity, she says:
This work is especially important for underrepresented and underserved students at our institutions, which is where my research has focused recently. Partnership can create spaces within which students matter. Their perspectives matter. Their insights matter. Their experiences matter. And they have a voice in talking with faculty about what their experiences are and how classrooms can evolve to be more welcoming and valuing of what a diversity of students bring.

Speaker Bio

Interview of Dr. Cook-Sather


Description of Interactive Workshops and Poster Sessions:

New England Faculty Develop Consortium Presenter Guidelines for Interactive and Teaching Tip Sessions

New England Faculty Develop Consortium Guidelines for Poster Presenters

Proposal Submission Form:  Proposal Submission Form

DEADLINE September 2, 2021

Possible Proposal Themes:

Proposals for this year’s conference will be focused on the theme of how student-faculty and student-staff pedagogical partnerships can support both student and faculty learning. We encourage you, where appropriate, to partner with student co-presenters. We invite proposals that demonstrate:

Changes in teaching resulting from students as partners

Strategies for engaging students in co-constructing the classroom environment

Creating engaging, equitable and inclusive environments for learning

Working with teaching or learning assistants

Working with students on research projects

Strategies for fostering student engagement and belonging

Democratic Classrooms

Co-creation of Syllabi

Research co-conducted and co-authored with underrepresented and underserved students

Academic engagement activities by faculty to increase persistence (in or out of class)


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Conference Location

This conference will be held virtually this fall!

Conference Schedule

8:30 am – 9:00 Registration

9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening remarks

9:15 am -10:30 am Keynote

10:30 am -10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Interactive Sessions, SoTL presentations

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Interactive Workshops

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Closing remarks and Raffle