New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference

Supporting and Sustaining Our

Collective Well-being

Thank you for attending our conference. Read some of Dr. Imad’s blog posts in Inside Higher Ed. And, you can now view the video of her presentation here.

Have a great summer! We will see you at the fall conference.

Friday, June 4, 2021
NEFDC Spring Virtual Conference

9:45am – 2:00pm

The weight of teaching during a global pandemic and necessary shifts in how, when and where we teach, a national race crisis, and political unrest have greatly impacted faculty well-being. How can we create space and support for faculty to foster their own well-being while also providing students with the best learning experience possible?


mays imadMays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of pathophysiology and biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. Dr. Imad’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success.
Read some of Dr. Imad’s blog posts in Inside Higher Ed. And, watch a video of her presentation here.

Conference Location

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

Conference Information

Our spring conference will be held via Zoom. Participants will be able to move freely among the different roundtable sessions offered concurrently. The Keynote will be interactive, and we have created space for connection among participants through 12 roundtable discussions, 6 concurrently in each block. Technical support will be available during the conference.

Conference Rates and Registration


The Spring conference is a great value at only $25 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.

Here is the member conference registration link.

If your institution would like to become a member until the end of June of 2021, you can do that and then return here to register for the conference for a reduced rate of $25. This may make sense if you expect a large number of faculty or staff from your institution to attend.


If you want to register as an individual for $40, please use this link for individual non-member registration.

Conference Schedule

Our spring conference will be held via Zoom.  The Keynote will be interactive, and we will create space for some connection among participants. Participants will be able to move freely among the different roundtable sessions offered concurrently. Technical support will be available. Please make sure you have updated your Zoom!

9:45am – 2:00pm

9:45am Welcome Remarks and Reconnecting

10:00am Interactive Keynote Address with Mays Imad

11:30am Roundtable Session 1* (see topics below)

12:20pm Lunch

1:00pm Roundtable Session 2* (see topics below)

1:50pm Closing Activity

*Each interactive roundtable will begin with a short introduction (5 – 10 minutes) to the topic and facilitated discussion based on prompts or interactive activities that model effective online practice.

Conference Link

Here is a link to a PDF of the sessions, along with abstracts.

The zoom link will be sent to registered participants the morning of the conference for security reasons. When you receive the link, please do not share it.



NEFDC Interactive Roundtable Discussions – Spring 2021


Concurrent Sessions Block I: 11:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m.


Session Title Session Authors Author Institution(s)
Supporting Students’ Development through Metacognition Carrie Graham, Colleen Massey, Valerie Coppenrath Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Maintaining Pre-Practicum Literacy Instruction in a Pandemic Marlene Correia, Adam Brieske-Ulenski Bridgewater State University
Caring about Caring: Reflecting on Points of Inflection Monica Glina New York University
The Pause Project: Mental Health&Rest on College Campuses Charles Cassidy, Anastasia Kaliabakos, Bryceida Valencia, Isabelle Jenkins College of the Holy Cross
Organizing and Facilitating an Online Faculty Orientation Dakin Burdick Colby-Sawyer College
Supporting The Well-Being of Our Students and Ourselves Jacquelynne Boivin (BSU), Chris Hakala (SC), Dan Zukergood (SC) Bridgewater State University, Springfield College
Concurrent Sessions Block 2: 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.


Session Title Session Authors Author Institution(s)
We Were Ready; Where Was HE? Laura Gabiger Johnson and Wales University
Peer to Peer Dynamics in the Virtual World Joanna Trainor Suffolk University
Development of Chronic Disease Interventions Scenarios Hannah Hewlett, Rachel Taylor, Rachael Pasquarose, Kaitlyn Muehlberger Quinnipiac University
Experiential Learning Project to Support Well-Being Tracy Van Oss, Jaclyn Barry Quinnipiac University
Developing a Campus-Wide Personal Wellness Campaign Kisha Tracy, Amber Haney, Claire Kramer, Juliana Molina, Kyle Moody, Kori Ryan, Jason Smith, Danielle Wigmore Fitchburg State University
Mentoring Graduate Students Online Jennifer O’Connor Duffy, Susan Capasso Bay Path University