Academic Development Days

Twice a year the College dedicates time for faculty discussions about relevant curricular issues and other faculty development activities.  Suggestions for topics can be directed to Phyllis Thompson.

"Wired for Learning"-Thursday, May 17, 2018

On Thursday we address digital pedagogies and possibilities, through hands-on workshops and learning sessions, and via introductions to new options. 

Keynote Speaker: Robin DeRosa (Interdisciplinary Studies, Plymouth State University)
"Open Education: Transforming Pedagogy"

Robin DeRosa is a national leader in the Open Education movement, and her current research and advocacy focus on how universities can innovate in order to bring down costs for students, increase interdisciplinary collaboration, and refocus the academic world on strengthening the public good. She is a professor at Plymouth State University, part of the University System of New Hampshire, where she directs the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Schedule for Day 1

Registration for Day 1 Workshops

"Teaching To & From the Whole Person"-Friday, May 18, 2018

On Friday we will consider what it means to teach students who arrive in our classrooms not just with minds to be educated, but with sets of ideas and prejudices in their heads, distinct personalities and learning styles, varying emotional needs, and sometimes restless bodies. We’ll also address some strategies and care for faculty members. The day will be anchored by a plenary session addressing strategies for fostering productive classroom experiences across ideological divides, or in the face of either divisiveness or anti-intellectualism. 

Corinna Trabucco (Private Practice)
Corinna is an AmSAT* certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. In 1991, she completed the three-year training program required to become an Alexander Technique teacher and convey the kinesthetic experience with the hands that is the special craft on which teaching the Alexander Technique is based. She has an MA in Theatre Education and was an assistant professor and Director of the Dance Department of Emerson College from 1976-1981. She has taught in the College of Fine Arts at BU and Stonehill College, Easton, MA Click for More Info. She has taught extensively throughout New England since 1991, has a private practice in Gloucester, Concord, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, and has assisted the training of teachers at the Dimon institute for the Alexander Technique. Corinna continues to hone her skills as an Alexander Technique Teacher and has completed a three-year training with Betsy Polatin in The Actor's Secret which involves combining work in Alexander Technique with those of the Breathing Coordination Techniques of Carl Stough and Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing.

Jenna Tonn (Boston College)
Jenna Tonn is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies at Boston College. Trained as a historian of science, her research focuses on the history of women and gender in modern science. 

Before coming to Boston College, she received her PhD in 2015 from the Department of History of Science at Harvard University and lectured in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at Harvard. 

Currently, she is working on a book about gender and graduate education in zoology during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her next project is about radical feminist biology in the postwar US.


Betsy S. Goldman (Curry College, Flat Earth Theater)
Betsy S. Goldman is a director, dramaturg, and educator. She is the Theatre Arts Program Director at Boston Shakespeare Project, a non-profit provides arts and humanities enrichment programs for Greater Boston's underserved youth. She is a Professor of Theatre at Curry College, is involved in ASL-English translation for the theatre, and she is a trained Joker (a facilitator of Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and forum theatre). She holds a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University, and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.


Schedule for Day 2

Registration for Day 2 Workshops


 Past AD Day Programs