The Office for Faculty Development was launched in the Spring of 2011 as an initiative of Provost Winston Langley. Prior to this, Dr. Langley commissioned the Faculty Development Committee to make recommendations for faculty development priorities at UMass Boston. The committee conducted a faculty survey to ascertain the perceived support and development needs of faculty at all career stages in both tenure track and non tenure track roles in teaching and research/scholarship/creative activity.
Judy has had a distinguished career at UMass Boston. Her area of expertise is composition theory and pedagogy. She is the author of Working Theory: Critical Composition Studies for Teachers and Students, as well as numerous articles. From 2007-2012 she served as chair of the English Department. In that capacity, she developed mentoring programs for junior faculty and non-tenure track instructors. Judy was also instrumental in the development of the English Department’s long-standing graduate teaching program in composition, which became a model for the department’s graduate intern programs in the teaching of literature and creative writing. She later won approval for the university’s first postdoctoral teaching fellowship program, designed to prepare newly minted PhDs to teach English studies in public urban institutions. Deeply committed to supporting the synergy between research and teaching, she has served on many university-wide groups, including the Strategic Planning Task Force, the University Assessment Council, and the Research Council. Judy looks forward to building on the activities and structures that are already in place in the Office of Faculty Development, and to expanding professional development opportunities for tenure track and non-tenure track faculty at all stages of their careers, department chairs, and graduate students who will be future members of the professoriate.