New England Faculty Development Consortium

FAll 2020 Conference Archive

NEFDC Conference

Relationship Rich Experiences in Person and Online

Friday, October 30, 2020
NEFDC’s First Virtual Conference


peter feltenKeynote by Dr. Peter Felten: “Relationships Matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center of teaching and learning”
The first part of this interactive two-part keynote/workshop, drawing on nearly four hundred interviews with students and faculty at U.S. universities and colleges, will explore personal stories of — and the general factors that support — deep, relational learning. We will consider how pedagogical practices and ‘mentoring moments’ can nurture curiosity, creativity, and belonging for all of our students, both on campus and in remote learning situations.


Part II: Learning and Relationships: Practical Strategies
In the second part, we will build on the keynote and dive more deeply into research-informed practices that enhance learning and educational relationships for all students. You will leave the workshop with a draft plan for how you (and your faculty colleagues) can either deepen something you already do or introduce a new practice that will contribute to your students’ success.

Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. His books include the co-authored volumes: The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014); Transformative Conversations (Jossey-Bass, 2013); and the co-edited book Intersectionality in Action (Stylus, 2016). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning(2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers.

NEFDC has suspended the collection of proposals for the fall 2020 conference. The conference will be held, but in a new format. Please stay tuned for an upcoming announcement.


Questions? Please contact nefdcproposals[at]

Conference Rates and Registration


In recognition that this is a hard financial year for our members, this fall’s conference is free for participants from member institutions.

If your institution is an NEFDC Member, then you are a member as well. Please check our list of institutional members before registering. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE REGISTER WITH YOUR INSTITUTIONAL EMAIL ADDRESS.



If your institution would like to become a member, please visit our website new member page, then come back to register for free!

If you want to register as an individual for $20, please use the link for individual registration on the conference page.

Conference Location

Fully online. No parking! No hotel! No traffic!

Conference Schedule

Our fall conference will be held via Zoom. We will use breakout rooms for the 11:15 SoTL Presentations and Birds of a Feather Roundtables. Participants will be able to move freely among the different sessions. The Keynote and Workshop will be held in the meeting format of Zoom to allow for interaction with the keynote speaker. Technical support will be available to participants.

9:45 – 10:00 Opening remarks and introduction to the day

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote: Dr. Peter Felten Relationships matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center of teaching and learning

11:00 – 11:15  Break

11:15 – 12:00  SoTL Presentations and Birds of a Feather Roundtables

  • Jacquelynne Boivin, Chris Hakala, and Dan Zukergood, Engaging Students Effectively
  • Carol Hurney, Zoom Breakout Room Relationships
  • Maya Ott, Fostering Relationships Between Students
  • Edna Pressler, UDL-Enriched Relationship-Rich Education
  • Lori Rosenthal, Becoming a Triple Threat: In-person, Live Zoom, Asynchronous Recording
  • SoTL Panel, Successful NEFDC SoTL Grant Recipients

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 Workshop with Dr. Peter Felten: Learning and Relationships: Practical Strategies