Educator-in-Residence Programme

Educator-in-Residence Programme (EiRP) 2019



Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development,
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Mary Deane SORCINELLI, Co-Principal Investigator, Undergraduate Education STEM Initiative, Association of American Universities (AAU) and Senior Fellow, Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst, is this year’s Educator-in-Residence (EiR) Scholar. She will visit CDTL and NUS from 11 to 19 November 2019. 

During her residence, Mary Deane will deliver the EiRP-Ruth Wong Memorial Lecture on Education, Building Your Mentoring Networks: Make Every Connection Count, on 13 November 2019, 3.00pm to 4.30pm. She will also conduct a workshop for NUS colleagues. More details about the lecture and workshop will be announced via email in the weeks ahead.

In addition to offering the lecture and workshop, Mary Deane will participate in a range of activities on campus. Besides meeting with members of NUS senior management, Mary Deane is happy to meet groups of colleagues and their students who may wish to engage her on specific issues relating to education.

If you wish to engage Dr Mary Deane SORCINELLI as a group or on an individual basis, please contact our EiRP coordinators, Mr Alan SOONG and Ms Elsie LIM.

About Mary Deane SORCINELLI

Mary Deane is Co-Principal Investigator of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Association of American Universities (AAU) to study how universities can successfully coordinate multiple undergraduate STEM education reforms to achieve sustainable change (2016-2020). She is also a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development and Emeritus Professor in Educational Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, she was Associate Provost and Founding Director of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD), University of Massachusetts Amherst (1988-2014); and Director, Office of Faculty Development, Indiana University Bloomington (1983-88).

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 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 Award 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 a doctorate in educational policy, research and administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s degree in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Westfield State University.  

Research Interests:
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. She has co-directed, reviewed and served on advisory boards for external 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.

Under Mary Deane’s leadership, the CTFD was the proud recipient of The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education's 2011 Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. The Center was cited as a Model Faculty Development Program in the U.S. and Canada (2006), was awarded three Innovation Awards from the POD Network for work on faculty scholarly writing, mentoring, and diversity (2013, 2007, 2002), and was awarded a 2000 national Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. In 2006, Mary Deane was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development.  She also was awarded the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for distinguished achievement in the professional realm and awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, ACE Massachusetts Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education for leadership and promotion of women in the field of higher education.

Select Publications

Authored Books
Brown, E.C., Haras, C., Hurney, C. Iuzzini, J. Magruder, E., Sorcinelli, M. D. Taylor, S.C., Wight, M. (2018). A center for teaching and learning matrix. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education.

Haras, C., Taylor, S. C. Sorcinelli, M.D. von Hoene, L. (Eds.). (2017). Institutional commitment to teaching Excellence: Assessing the impacts and outcomes of faculty development. Washington, D.C. American Council on Education.

Beach, A. L., Sorcinelli, M. D., Austin, A. E. & Rivard, J. K. (2016). Faculty development in the age of evidence. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Sorcinelli, M. D., Austin, A. E., Eddy, P., & Beach, A. (2006). Creating the future of faculty development: Learning from the past, understanding the present. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Sorcinelli, M.D. (2000). Principles of good practice: Supporting early career faculty. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education (AAHE).

Rice, R. E., Sorcinelli, M. D., & Austin, A. E. (2000). Heeding new voices: Academic careers for a new generation. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education.

Mues, F. & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2000). Preparing a teaching portfolio. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts, Center for Teaching.

Chapter(s) in Books
Sorcinelli, M.D. & Ellozy, A. (2017). Advancing active learning globally: Best practices in faculty development. In Smith, C. & Hudson, K. (Eds.). Faculty development in developing countries: Improving teaching quality in higher education. New York: Sage Publishers, 16-38..  

Elbow, P. & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2014). Using high-stakes and low-stakes writing to enhance learning. In Svinicki & W.J. McKeachie (Eds.), Teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college university teacher. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 213-26.

Sorcinelli, M. D. & Austin, A. (2013). The future of faculty development: Where are we going? In McKee, C.William et al., (Eds.). The Breadth of Current Faculty Development Practitioners’ Perspectives: New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 133, 85-97.  

Baldi, B., Sorcinelli, M. D., & Yun, J.  (2013). The scholarly writing continuum: A new program model for teaching and faculty development centers. In Geller, A.E. & Eodice, M. (Eds.). Working with faculty writers. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.  

Sorcinelli, M. D. & Garner, A. (2013). Contributions to quality enhancement in the United States.  In Land, R. & Gordon, G. (Eds.). Enhancing quality in higher education: International studies in higher education. London, UK: Routledge International, 94-105.

Erickson, B. & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2012). The first meeting with the client. In Brinko, K. (Ed.), Practically speaking: A sourcebook for instructional consultants in higher education.  Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press

Sorcinelli, M.D. & Erickson, B. (2012). Data review and follow-up consultation. In Brinko, K. (Ed.). Practically speaking: A sourcebook for instructional consultants in higher education.  Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.  

Sorcinelli, M.D. (2011). Anchored or adrift: Responding to center and institutional priorities. In Cook, C. and Kaplan, M.(Eds.). Advancing the culture of teaching on campus: How a teaching center can make a difference.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publications, 196-98.

Chism, N., Gosling, D., & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2010). International faculty development: Pursuing Our Work with Colleagues Around the World.” In K. H. Gillespie (Ed.), A guide to faculty development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 243-258.

Frazer, K. Gosling, D., Sorcinelli, M. D. (2010). Conceptualizing evolving models of educational development. In J. McDonald & D. Stockley (Eds.) Pathways to the profession of faculty development. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 49-58. 

Sorcinelli, M. D. & Austin, A.  (2010). Educational developers: The multiple structures and influences that support our work. In J. McDonald & D. Stockley (Eds.) Pathways to the profession of faculty development. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 25-36.  

Recent Journal Articles
Yun, J., Baldi, B. & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2016). Mutual mentoring for early career and underrepresented faculty: Model, research, and practice.  Innovative Higher Education, 41(5), 441-451.

Sorcinelli, M. D. (2014). The changing landscape of faculty development at small colleges. Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning, 6, i-iv.

Dezure, D., Chism, N., Sorcinelli, M. D. Cheong, G. & Ellozy, A. (May/June, 2012). Building international faculty development collaborations: The evolving role of American teaching centers. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 24-33.   

Sorcinelli, M. D., Gray, T. & Birch, A. J. (2011). Faculty development beyond instructional development: Ideas centers can use. To Improve the Academy, 30, 247-261.  

Bach, D. J. & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2010). The case for excellence in diversity: Lessons from an assessment of an early career faculty program. To Improve the Academy, 28, 310-326


EiRP 2019: Events

Date Event Details

12 Nov 2019 (Tues)
 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Discussion with NUS Teaching Academy
Topic: Advancing a Contextualised Teaching Mentoring Culture at the NUS
 4.30pm - 5.30pmDiscussion with Residential College 4
Topic: Out-of-classroom teaching and learning particularly in a Residential College setting
13 Nov 2019 (Wed)
 3.00pm - 4.30pm
EiRP-Ruth Wong Memorial Lecture on Education 2019
Building Your Mentoring Networks: Make Every Connection Count  
For more details, click here.
View lecture video here.
View slides here.

Registration is now closed.

For Staff   For Students
14 Nov 2019 (Thurs)
 8.30am - 9.30am
Discussion with Assoc Prof Yeong Foong May & team from Department of Biochemistry
Topic: Sustaining informal networks with colleagues within department and documenting practices in SoTL-manner
10.00am - 11.00amDiscussion with  Dr Shiva Sarraf-Yazdi from Duke-NUS Medical School
Topic: Developing mentoring programs
 2.00pm - 4.00pmWorkshop for invited participants "Fostering 21st Century Faculty Learning through Dynamic Centers for Faculty Professional  Development"
15 Nov 2019 (Fri)
10.00am - 12.00pm
Workshop for faculty members "Designing Your Faculty Professional Development Plan Using Mentoring as a Medium"
For more details, click here.
 4.30pm - 5.30pmDiscussion with the Residential Colleges' (RCs) community
Topic: Mentoring and faculty/professional development in RCs
16 Nov 2019 (Sat)
12.30pm - 2.30pm
Lunch meeting with Master and Resident Fellows of PGP House
Topic: Evidencing personnal and professional development of student residents
18 Nov 2019 (Mon)
 9.00am  - 10.00am
Higher Education Campus Conference (HECC) 2019
Keynote Lecture: Advancing a Culture of Inclusive Teaching Excellence on Campus


About EiRP

The international higher education landscape is becoming more complex because of factors such as ever greater internationalisation, the increasing diversity in and numbers of students, exponential growth in the use of information technology in education, the insights of the learning sciences as to how learning works, and increased governmental demands for accountability and productivity. In a global, research-intensive university such as NUS, which values high quality education, it is important that faculty members, students, and administrators get the opportunity to engage with internationally recognised thinkers and practitioners of higher education.

The Educator-in-Residence Programme (EiRP) is a CDTL initiative that aims to foster dialogue between the NUS academic community and distinguished educators from around the world. Through this programme, CDTL aims periodically to invite esteemed educators to NUS for extended periods of time and have them interact with academics, graduate and undergraduate students, and educational leaders on matters that are of interest to them. The EiRP features a public lecture that is funded by the Ruth Wong Memorial Fund; staff and student seminars, roundtables, and workshops; as well as informal small-group discussions.

CDTL hopes that the NUS community will strongly support the EiRP and benefit from these evidence-based discussions on learning and  teaching. In this way, NUS will be able to maintain and indeed enhance its position at the cutting edge of educational practice, research and innovation.


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