Second Annual Event: TTII2

Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions

Friday, September 25, 2015 – University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center
This one-day workshop will introduce graduate students and post-docs to faculty careers at teaching-intensive institutions. Many faculty enjoy rewarding careers at colleges and universities that primarily emphasize teaching, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and regional comprehensive universities. This event will provide participants with a valuable opportunity to learn from and network with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region. They will be available to review and offer advice on CVs and cover letters, so bring yours along. In addition, sessions are scheduled on a variety of topics pertinent to careers in Teaching-Intensive institutions. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

Program Agenda

  • 9:30 – 10:00
  • Refreshments and Check-in
    Join us for light refreshments. Check in and sign up for one-on-one job counseling – sign up is first come first served!

  • 10:00 – 10:10
  • Welcoming Remarks
    John McCarthy, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Paula Krebs, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bridgewater State University

  • 10:10 – 11:15
  • Plenary Panel: Who Are Our Students?
    Panelists will include faculty from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and regional comprehensive universities
    Moderated by Paula Krebs, Bridgewater State University

  • 11:30 – 12:15
  • Breakout Session 1
    4 rooms
    Maintaining a Research Agenda at a Teaching Intensive Institution Howard Tinberg, Bristol Community College
    Doing/Teaching Science at a Community College
    Michael Bankson, Massasoit Community College
    Promoting Student and Faculty Learning through Learning Communities and Team-Taught Courses
    Jennifer DiGrazia, Diana Schwartz, and Elizabeth Stassinos, Westfield State University
    Teaching at a Liberal Arts Institution
    Shawn Christian and Meg Kirkpatrick, Wheaton College

  • 12:15 – 1:30
  • Networking Luncheon

  • 1:30 – 2:15
  • Breakout Session 2
    4 rooms
    Doing/Teaching Science at a Teaching Intensive Institution
    Dawn Holmes, Western New England University
    Adjusting to Teaching at a Community College
    Leo Hwang, Greenfield Community College
    Building Courses from Face-to-Face to Blended to Online
    Kisha Tracy, Fitchburg State University
    Managing Work/Life Balance With A 4-4 Teaching Load
    Karen Cardozo, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • 2:30 – 3:30
  • Breakout Session 3
    3 rooms
    Navigating the Job Application Process in STEM
    Navigating the Job Application Process in Social Sciences
    Navigating the Job Application Process in Humanities and Fine Arts

  • 3:30
  • Closing Remarks
    Optional: One-on-one Job Counseling
    Faculty from teaching intensive institutions will offer one-on-one job counseling appointments during breakout sessions 1 and 2. Participants may use these 15 minute appointments for CV or cover letter critique, or to seek other advice related to careers at teaching intensive institutions. Participation will be first come first served, and sign-up sheets will be available at the registration table – arrive early for best chances of securing an appointment!

    This event has been made possible by generous contributions from
    Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Graduate School
    • Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD)
    • Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
    University of Massachusetts Boston
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Brown University
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Yale University
    Cross-Sector Partnership
    This event is sponsored by the Cross-Sector Partnership, which aims to link doctoral institutions, regional comprehensive universities, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges in Southern New England. To follow our activities as we build better connections among these institutions and prepare future faculty for teaching-intensive institutions, check out our blog at:
    Questions about the Cross-Sector Partnership can be directed to Paula Krebs, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University (


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