Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker


University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Advancing a Culture of Inclusive Teaching Excellence on Campus

With growing pressures for accountability, reduced funding, competition from alternative providers, and serious questions about how to meet the challenges of a changing workforce, these are difficult times for higher education. But there is good news as well, as the focus on teaching and learning assumes a much more prominent place on the academic landscape.

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Dr. Mary Deane SORCINELLI is Co-PI, Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, Association of American Universities (AAU) and Senior Fellow, Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Previous roles include Associate Provost, Professor, and Founding Director, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, UMass Amherst and Director, Office of Faculty Development, Indiana University Bloomington.

Mary Deane’s research is in the areas of faculty professional development, mentoring, scholarly writing, improvement of teaching and learning, and the role of teaching centers in fostering 21st century faculty learning.  She has published over 100 articles, book chapters and books, most recently co-authoring A Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix (2018). She has co-directed and advised grant-funded projects aimed at promoting educational innovation for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Microsoft, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Mary Deane served as President of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the oldest and largest faculty professional development association in the world.  She was honoured with the Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in faculty development.  She served as Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Mount Holyoke College and Senior Scholar, American Association for Higher Education (AAHE).  She has worked in some 15 countries and was awarded a Fulbright Specialist to Education City, Qatar, a Distinguished Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a Whiting Foundation Fellow, National University of Ireland Galway. 

Mary Deane holds an M.A. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and an ED.D. in Educational Policy from UMass Amherst.

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May 2020
29 (Friday) - Deadline of Registration

June 2020
8 (Monday) - e-Symposium

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