"Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning" - May 29, 2015

Save-the-date the 14th Annual Summer Conference!
Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign
at Fairfield University (May 29 , 2015)


‌This one-day conference will be held on May 29 at Fairfield University in partnership with the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) and Fairfield University's Center for Academic Excellence. The featured keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Katie Novak. Learn more about Dr. Novak and her interactive keynote below.

Our fourteenth Annual Conference celebrates and showcases excellence and innovations in all areas of teaching, faculty support and development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged teaching and scholarship.

We see this annual conference as an opportunity to learn from each other, to build connections and collaborations and to reflect upon the meaningfulness and impact of our work as educators and scholars. Welcome to our beautiful campus, and to our time together as colleagues and friends.

Call for proposals and registration information - coming soon!

Travel information

Directions to campus.
All conference sessions held in the Dolan School of Business building on the campus of Fairfield University.

Fairfield University is accessible via transportation from New York area and Hartford / New Haven, CT.

‌Featured Keynote Presenter


The 2015 conference (May 29) will feature one invited keynote presentation by Dr. Katie Novak.

Katie Novak is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in MA. With 12 years of teaching experience at the secondary, college, and graduate level, and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Katie is also the author of best-selling book on inclusive education: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Common Core Implementation using Universal Design for Learning, published by CAST Professional Publishing (2014) and the forthcoming book, UDL in the Cloud, co-authored by Tom Thibodeau, which presents the need for UDL in higher education and offers concrete strategies for implementation (2015).

Interactive Keynote: May 29
"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Immersion Experience"

The brain research is compelling, the premise, career changing, but what does it feel like to be a student in a UDL classroom? Come find out! In this session, higher education faculty will experience how even the most mundane topics can set the room abuzz when curriculum is planned without the presence of traditional barriers. Between each mini-lesson, faculty will receive concrete tips to help them implement UDL in their own learning environments, whether they are face-to-face or online. This keynote is perfect for attendees who want to see how the research translates into a challenging and unforgettable experience for all learners.