Fall 2014 NEFDC Conference


Challenges and Opportunities for Educators of the Future

Friday November 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Donna QualtersWhat will the future hold for higher education professors?  Students are changing, government oversight and accountability is increasing, parents are demanding value added, technology is growing exponentially, business and industry are calling for more soft skills training and the economy is in slow recovery.  We are in the perfect storm of educational change.  As that storm blows over higher education, what can faculty do to be proactive to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in these challenges? Looking at ten future factors of education in 2020, our keynote speaker, Dr. Donna Qualters,  will explore how we can work together to plan for the future.   

Donna Qualters is Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Tufts University and Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Education.   She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University, where she adapted an innovative technique called Dialogue to facilitate change in faculty teaching practice.

Donna has published in the area of assessment, teacher identity, creating faculty community, active learning, reflective practice, and ethical inquiry.  Her books: Jonas Chalk: Advice from a Legendary Teacher, and Experiential Education:  Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom, are written by teachers for teachers.

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Proposals will be blind reviewed by a committee consisting of NEFDC Board members. Questions should be addressed to the Proposal Chair- TBD.

Conference Information

Click here for general conference schedule. The final conference schedule and program will be posted in October 2014.

Guidelines for Presenters

Conference Location
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

From Southbridge Street, turn up the hill onto College Street.  After you pass Linden Lane and academic buildings, turn left near the fieldhouse.  Hogan Center will be on your left and parking (free) is on your right.

Directions to campus: http://www.holycross.edu/directions/index.html

Directions to major sites on Holy Cross campus: http://www.holycross.edu/directions/sites.html

Hotel Information

A block of rooms will be reserved at a discounted rate for conference attendees.

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd.
Worcester, MA  01608
Tel: 508-753-5700

Hilton Garden Inn:  http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/massachusetts/hilton-garden-inn-worcester-BEDWOGI/index.html

Conference Rates

NEFDC conferences are one-day events held in the New England area.  A continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and wine and cheese poster session are included as part of the conference fee.  Click here for the 2014 conference rates.