New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference


“Students as Partners in Learning Design”

Friday, June 5, 2020
Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA


Keynote by Dr. Alison Cook-Sather: “Co-Creating Inclusive and Equitable Learning Opportunities: The Potential of Pedagogical Partnership for Students and Faculty”


Dr. Cook-Sather’s research focuses on how differently positioned participants in education can work together toward deeper learning. She is also one of the leading scholars on student voice work, particularly student voice in teacher education and professional development. Alison has published over 70 articles and book chapters and five books, including Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty.

She will share her important work on how student-faculty and student-staff pedagogical partnerships can support both student and faculty learning. These partnerships can be a forum for designing and redesigning classroom learning where students and faculty partners bring their different perspectives to bear on how to develop engaging, equitable, and inclusive learning opportunities for students.


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

Call for Proposals

The New England Faculty Development Consortium welcomes proposals that are focused on the theme of how student-faculty and student-staff pedagogical partnerships can support both student and faculty learning. All conference proposals are blind, peer-reviewed. We welcome student perspectives and collaborators, as well as 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 assistants
  • Working with students on research projects
  • Strategies for fostering student engagement and belonging
  • Research co-conducted and co-authored with under-represented and under-served students
  • Academic engagement activities by faculty to increase persistence (in or out of class)
  • Interactive multi-modal instructional technology
  • Technology-enhanced strategies for engaging students as partners in the teaching and learning process

Review the Spring 2020 Proposal Guidelines before submitting your proposal.

Interactive Session (55 minutes), Teaching Tip (25 minutes), Poster Session

Deadline for proposals is March 13, 2020

Submit a Proposal

Conference Rates

NEFDC conferences are one-day events held in the New England area.  A continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and wine and cheese poster session are included as part of the conference fee.

  • Non-member NEFDC – $165 early bird [Ends May 5, 2020], $195 regular
  • Member and presenter rate NEFDC – $125 early bird, $155 regular,
  • $50 students (early bird and regular)
  • Walk-ins $205

Conference Registration begins on March 14, 2020


Join NEFDC now and save on your conference fees.

Please check to see if your school is a current member before registering. Faculty and staff at institutions with an NEFDC membership for 2019-2020 receive a member’s discount for both fall and spring conferences.

Conference Location

Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA

Directions to Northern Essex.

Parking (See attached campus map)
There is plenty of parking in the lots directly adjacent to the NECC Hartleb Technology Center. Conference registration and breakfast will be located in the lobby of the Technology Center.

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of 35 rooms at the rate of $129 plus tax – for the evening of June 4, 2020. You can reserve through the hotel website or by calling the hotel directly and requesting the group code. The group code to make a reservation is NEF. Reservations must be made by May 14, 2020 to get the group rate.

The Hampton Inn
106 Bank Road
Haverhill, MA 01832

Phone: (978)374-7755
Hotel Website