Tomorrow’s the Day!

Get yourself to Westfield State University tomorrow for the fourth annual Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions event!  It’s the only event of its kind, bringing together doctoral students and recent PhDs with experts from community colleges and four-year institutions that focus on teaching.  Learn about the rewards of teaching in institutions that focus on undergraduate learning.

Here’s the registration link.



Registration is Open!

It’s time to sign up for the 2017 Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions event at Westfield State University!



Friday , October 6th – 9:00am-3:00pm
Westfield State University, Scanlon Hall, Westfield, MA
Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions Conference 

Interested in teaching at colleges and universities that put teaching first? Community colleges, regional comprehensive universities, and liberal arts colleges are great places to make a career, and you can learn about them at this free one-day regional conference, which brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to discuss what it’s like to work at teaching intensive institutions and how to apply for these faculty positions. Graduate students and postdocs will engage with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region through a series of talks, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. Faculty will be available to review and offer advice on CVs and cover letters. View the agenda and register now – space is limited!

Save the Date

Friday, October 6


Learn all about what it’s like to make a career at a teaching-intensive institution, where the focus is on students.

  • How can I convince a hiring committee that teaching is more important to me than publishing?
  • Is it possible to do research and teach four courses per semester?
  • What are community college students expecting of their professors?
  • Help–my advisor thinks I should focus on research, not teaching. But I care more about teaching!

You can find out ll about how to do research with your undergraduates, what teaching/learning centers can do for you, and much more, at Westfield State University, on October 6, from 9 until 3.  WSU is generously hosting this year’s Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions free all-day workshop, for graduate students and recent PhDs from all over New England.

The registration link will be posted on this blog soon, so keep an eye out.  The contact person is Shana Passonno, at UMass,

Sponsorship funds this year so far have come from UMass Amherst and UMass Boston, the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, the University of New Hampshire, and Boston College.




Resources for first-gen students 

This week’s New York Times included an article with some good context and suggestions for first-generation college students. It’s great to see articles about the concerns of first-gen students appearing in mainstream news publications. It’d be even better to have more narratives from first-gen students themselves. Let’s encourage our students to talk about their experiences and their needs, and let’s help them to share those reflections with the folks on campus who can make a difference for them. And let’s be the ones who can make a difference.

October 6 is the day

Mark your calendars now.  Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions, New England’s annual daylong workshop for doctoral students and postdocs, will be hosted by Westfield State University in Massachusetts on October 6 from 9:30 until 3.


As always, the event will feature panels, discussions, job-search information, and job counseling sessions.  This year we’ll have a plenary panel featuring directors of teaching centers at all kinds of teaching-focused institutions, including community colleges, public regional universities, and liberal arts colleges.  Sessions will focus on combining teaching and research, student advising, conducting research with undergraduates, and many other topics.


The day is free for all participants, but attendees must register in advance.  Watch this blog for the registration link.


The event is sponsored, so far, by Bridgewater State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the University of Rhode Island, the University of New Hampshire, Brown University, and the University of Connecticut.



The community college interview

Nicole Matos, from the MLA’s Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession (CCLIP), wrote a Chronicle Vitae post on how to ace a job interview with a community college. Take a look. And then, especially if you’re in the humanities, cruise on over to the CCLIP site to see what the committee is up to in support of contingent labor in higher ed.

Place community and collaboration at the center of the conversation. The “community” in community college is anything but incidental. More than any other type of campus, these are hyper-local spaces, drawing the majority of their students from the immediate vicinity.

Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions will Return IRL

We’re excited to announce that the fourth annual Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions workshop will be happening on October 6, 2017, at Westfield State University, in Westfield, Massachusetts.  We’ll start at 9:30 am and finish at 3.  Food is included, and the entire event is funded by Bridgewater State, Westfield State, and doctoral institutions in New England (will post the full list of sponsors soon–but it already includes URI, UMass Amherst, Boston College, and UNH).

This event, aimed at doctoral students, postdocs, and adjuncts in the New England area,  features presentations on what it’s like to make a career at a college or university where teaching undergraduates is the primary focus.  It includes sessions on balancing teaching and research, student demographics, how to start an undergraduate research program, what community college students need, and many other topics.

And bring your CV and a sample cover letter for the chance to meet one-on-one with folks who have been on search committees at regional pubic institutions and community colleges.  a link for signups for the job counseling, as well as a link for registration for this FREE event, will be posted late in the summer.  In the meantime, mark your calendar and tell your friends.

Keep checking this site for handy tips and links.



Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago at last year’s TTII, which drew more than 200 attendees, at UMass Boston.