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OFD workshops are developed and led by UMassD faculty for UMassD faculty. Workshops are interactive and collaborative: participants can share their experiences, pose questions, and hear from colleagues. A variety of workshop-based resources, including short video tutorials and helpful bibliographies, are housed in the Resources for Scholarship and Professional Activity and Resources for Teaching and Learning areas of our website.

In addition to the OFD’s regular offerings, faculty may also be interested in the workshops offered through CITS Instructional Development on a range of topics dedicated to online teaching and instructional technology.

Current offerings

The OFD continues to offer programming in hybrid modality for Spring 2022. Please register for workshops by emailing Ellen Mandly at and please declare your modality preference (virtual or in-person) when registering. Lunch will be available for all in-person participants, and can be taken “to go” at the end of the session.


Maymester at the OFD


Workshop: Planning for Summer

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

3:00-4:00 p.m.

LIB 213


It has been a busy year, to say the least. Navigating the transition back to on-campus instruction meant developing new strategies to engage our students as they returned to the classroom for the first time in three semesters. Likewise, advancing our research and creative work makes significant demands on our time and energy. The summer provides us with a time to reflect and regroup. It also provides an opportunity to make progress on our scholarship and professional activity, complete some long-awaited projects, and prepare for the next semester.


In this session, we’ll reflect on the experiences of the academic year and discuss strategies for planning the summer. We’ll pay particular attention to balancing productivity in teaching and scholarly work with creating opportunities for relaxation, reflection, and self-care. We’ll also discuss some helpful, informative summer reading suggestions on topics related to teaching and learning, scholarship, and professional development.  


Refreshments will be served. To register, please email Ellen Mandly at and declare your modality preference (in-person or virtual).




One-Day Productivity Retreat

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Library Grand Reading Room & Office of Faculty Development


Do you have an article in process that would benefit from some focused attention? A grant application with a coming deadline? A piece of creative work that you want to advance? Please join us for a one-day productivity retreat. We’ll offer a flexibly structured day designed to help you make progress on some aspect of your current scholarship or creative work.


Tentative Schedule

9.00-9.30         Kick-off Breakfast and Goal-setting Discussion

9:30-11:30      Scholarship/creative work time

11:30-12:30    Lunch and optional walk around Ring Road

12:30-2:00      Scholarship/creative work time

2:00-2:30        Discussion and wrap-up

To register, please email Ellen Mandly at There is no application required, but the retreat is limited to 20 participants registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that this is an in-person, on-campus retreat.  




Workshop: Teaching Innovation across the Disciplines

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

12:30-2:00 p.m.

LIB 213


Teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic required us to rethink many of our teaching and learning strategies, often at rapid speed. Some of these innovations worked, others perhaps did not. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of these innovations in pedagogy, course design, modality, and assessment. Drawing on some recent work in the scholarship of teaching and learning and guided by examples of teaching innovation from UMassD faculty, we’ll look at some ways to rethink and refresh our approaches to everything from designing interactive lectures (both in the classroom and online), creating engaging active learning activities, writing clear and accessible learning outcomes, and exploring different kinds of assessment strategies ranging from small-stakes activities to higher-stakes exams and projects.


To register, please email Ellen Mandly at and declare your modality preference (in person or virtual). Lunch will be served for all in-person participants.

  • Spring 2022 "Early Risers" Virtual Writing Retreat: meets every other Friday from 7-8:15 am via Zoom, starting February 11, 2022 (please email to register)
  • Honors Carve-outs and Contracts and Courses, Oh My! Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 12 pm
  • Engaging Students with Padlet: Friday, January 28, 2022 at 1 pm
  • Contemplative Pedagogy: An Introduction, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 12-1 pm
  • Dialogue with Full-Time Lecturers: Monday, February 7, 2022 at 12-1 pm
  • Reflective Practice to Avoid Burnout: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 3-4:30 pm
  • Multilingual America: A Lecture by Lawrence Rosenwald, Wellesley College, Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 4 pm (via Zoom)
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Research: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12-1 pm
  • Contemplative Pedagogy--Strategies and Tools: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 12-1 pm
  • Applying for Fulbrights: Monday, March 14, 2022 at 1-2 pm and 2-3 pm
  • Teaching with Tutorials: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
  • FTL Lunch with the Provosts: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 12 pm
  • Writing Scholarly Monographs: Thursday, March 31 at 12:30 pm
  • Contemplative Pedagogy: An Invited Lecture by Brian Baldi, UMass Amherst: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 12:30 pm
  • Best Practices for Student Accommodations: Monday, April 11, 2022 at 12-1 pm

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