New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference

Spring 2019 NEFDC Conference

Friday, June 7, 2019
Landmark College, Putney, VT


Dr. Jerome Schultz

Keynote speaker, Dr. Jerome Schultz, Ph.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Lecturer on Psychology Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

“Rescuing the Canary in the Coal Mine: Anxiety and Stress Go to College. What to Know, What to Do”

College faculty, administrators and mental health personnel across the nation report an alarming increase in debilitating anxiety among their students. Research suggests that one in five university students are experiencing depression or anxiety, with anxiety taking the lead. Owing to the cumulative toxic stress that may have begun a decade or more prior to college, many students come through the college gates “pre-loaded” for stress. Once there, the increased demands of college—academic rigor, independent living, social pressures, social media, financial worries, and substance use—can cause or exacerbate anxiety.  Record numbers of college students display symptoms such as a lack of resilience, task avoidance, anger, illness, a defeatist attitude, and sleeplessness, but many schools can’t keep up with the demand for services. This session will deconstruct this phenomenon, and examine the practices that some colleges are using to help students manage their stress. Dr Schultz, a former special education teacher, college professor and administrator, will examine the increased need for college faculty, who may not be trained in mental health, to become part of the solution. Dr.  Schultz will examine what faculty can and must do to help students find appropriate professional support. Attendees will also learn some very practical “first-responder” strategies that can help them move students from stress to de-stress within the college classroom-without sacrificing academic standards.

Call for Proposals

Proposals now being  accepted for the Spring conference on the theme “Education in the Age of Anxiety.”

The NEFDC welcomes proposals for interactive workshops (55 minutes), teaching tips (25 minutes) and the poster session related to anxiety, stress and neurodiversity within higher education. Our conferences attract both faculty and faculty developers. We welcome sessions that focus on teaching and/or faculty development.

Proposals that address a topic related to the conference theme are more likely to be accepted:

  • Anxiety across disciplines, specifically math, sciences, writing, reading
  • Assisting students, faculty and staff with stress and anxiety management
  • Neurodiversity, learning differences, and executive functioning
  • Learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Universal Design and creating accessible and effective learning environments
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Topics related to faculty support and faculty development
  • Teaching tips and general classroom management strategies
  • Backwards design, learning outcomes, and/or assessment of learning
Please review our conference presentation guidelines and descriptions before submitting a proposal. Proposal deadline: February 17

Questions: For questions about submitting a proposal, contact the Proposal Co-Chairs Deborah Clark and Cindy Tobery at

Conference Location

19 River Rd. South
Putney, VT 05346

Directions to Landmark College.

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 7, 2019], $195 regular
  • Member and presenter rate NEFDC – $125 early bird, $155 regular,
  • $50 students (early bird and regular)
  • Walk-ins $205

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 2018-2019 receive a member’s discount for both fall and spring conferences.

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of 25 rooms at the rate of $90 plus tax – $99 for the evening of June 6, 2019. You can reserve through the hotel website or by calling the 800 number and requesting the group code. The group code to make a reservation is SMERF. Reservations must be made by May 6, 2019 to get the group rate.

The Holiday Inn Express
100 Chickering Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Phone: 1(800)315-2621
Hotel Website