New England Faculty Development Consortium

Conference Fall 2021 – Archive

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


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

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