Academic Integrity, Crucial Dialogues,
& Inclusion

Hybrid Faculty Institute

The 2022 Faculty Institute will combine face-to-face, online synchronous, and online asynchronous learning experiences for faculty and staff, with professional development content available throughout the year.

We sincerely look forward to a fully on-campus event in 2023.


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Many diverse people.

FI Accessibility Statement & Requests for Accommodation

The University makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this event should contact Faculty Development Center at or (207) 262-7979 to submit a request. Certain accommodations may require planning and resources for us to implement, so we ask that individuals with accommodations needs submit their request no later than the date registration closes: Thursday, May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.). Thank you!

FI Who Should Attend

We invite attendees from all campuses and outreach centers to join us. This event is most suitable for those teaching, learning, supporting, or advising via distance or web-facilitated modalities, such as compressed video, interactive television, web-conference, satellite campus or outreach center, correspondence, or fully online. In other words, anyone involved in the work of technology-enhanced teaching and learning within the University of Maine System will find this conference useful.

You might elect to attend if you are teaching or working in the University of Maine System, and one of the following:

  • Full-time faculty
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Fully online or distance faculty
  • Graduate student with a teaching assignment within UMS
  • Academic administration or leadership
  • Academic support staff
  • Distance logistics support
  • Disability or accessibility coordinators
  • Library staff
  • Instructional, learning, or eLearning designers
  • Distance education specialists
  • Student support service providers
  • Center-based staff (or any UMS staff supporting teaching and learning away from the “campus hub”)
  • Instructional content developers
  • Staff using Kaltura, Zoom, or Blackboard
  • Online training developers
  • Academic advisors

The Faculty Insititute is a rich compendium of professional development opportunities for distance educators across the whole University of Maine System. 

This event is also exclusive to members of the University of Maine System. There is no cost for a UMS faculty or staff to attend.

Normally, as a collaborative event, the Institute has a system-wide planning committee with faculty and staff representing each campus. The University of Maine at Augusta hosts this event for in-person attendees. While it has had various names over the years, the Faculty Institute has existed in some variations for the system for the past 30 years. 

This year (2022), given the pandemic the event is a smaller operation funded by UMA and conducted as a series of webinar events through Brightspace. UMA has also secured online training from Magna Publications and the Teaching Professor. These quality resources are available now and for the next year.

It is our pleasure to carry on this tradition of offering a system-wide, collaboratively designed event with sessions presented by our faculty and staff, as well as guests we invite. 

Thank you for visiting our site. We look forward to seeing you soon!


The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is committed to free speech and fosters an environment in which all members of our community have access to a vibrant, enriching education befitting a democracy. A hallmark of our work is academic freedom and open inquiry. We are proud to affirm our ongoing commitment to an education that is diverse, inclusive, equitable and anti-racist.  We recognize that diversity is a strength, and encourage our college community to examine issues related to: race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, gender, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, and disability.

UMA applauds the endeavors of students, faculty and staff who engage in this work, including the development of programs and curricula. Through these and other undertakings, UMA actively promotes the lively exchange of ideas to improve our efforts and be responsive to the needs of our community. UMA will continue to lead by example, rising to the challenge of embracing change, acknowledging shortcomings, and prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in pursuit of our mission.

The President’s Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides support and advocacy for these efforts.

Endorsed by Faculty Senate: 2/19/21
Endorsed by President’s Cabinet: 2/23/21

Related Links

Title IX –Equal Opportunity Resources »
University of Maine System Board of Trustees Policy Section 212: Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility »
General Education Requirement – Cultural Diversity »

UMA is committed to ensuring a productive and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community, which includes people of all abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, religious traditions, socioeconomic classes, and ages. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council will work to support strategic initiatives, partnerships, advocacy, innovation, and educational programs that will create, sustain, and enrich UMA’s institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of its entire community. They will also work to identify challenges, propose strategies, and make recommendations for new and ongoing policies that support DEI initiatives.

Putting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Action

The DEI Council will:

  • Promote a long-term and sustained culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that is flexible, evolving, and open to continual improvement.
  • Establish institutional funding for ongoing education and training programs in DEI areas, to include regular professional development opportunities for all members of the community.
  • Recognize that inequalities and exclusions are the products of both structural policies and unconscious prejudice, and that DEI initiatives are not possible without both institutional support and healthy self-reflection and openness to learning from all members of our community.
  • Organize and promote workshops, activities, professional development, and research in DEI related areas and advocate that these opportunities be supported and rewarded through administrative and institutional support. These development activities should be provided by university professionals as well as initiated by student interests in order to better address structural blind spots and increase attention to diverse students’ actual needs.
  • Create a shared culture of DEI through deliberate and public expressions of DEI values. This means that we will seek to actively and positively create learning communities that are inclusive of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, age, and income differences and actively understand and promote the benefits of DEI across our entire community.
  • Intentionally prioritize and support faculty efforts to integrate DEI research, tools, and perspectives into their curriculum and classroom practices.
  • Intentionally recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff that reflect multicultural and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Susan Baker, Co-Chair
Professor of Science

Gregory Fahy, Co-Chair
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Aaminah Aleem
Administrative Specialist, Office of Student Life

Jessica Angelova
Student Representative

Lisa Botshon
Professor of English

Amanda Brown
Student Representative

Patricia Clark
Lecturer of Mental Health and Human Services

Leslie Devine
Project Coordinator to End Gender-Based Violence

David Leon
Student Representative

Noel March
Lecturer of Justice Studies and Director of the Maine Community Policing Institute

Jennifer Moody
Student Representative

Laura Rodas
Associate Dean of Students

Terri Reiter
Director of the Center for Student Support and Development

Lynett Roy
Staff Associate for Academic Advising

Valerie Rubinsky
Assistant Professor of Communications

Joseph Spiller
Liaison to the Student General Assembly

Shelley Taylor
Student Services Coordinator, UMA Brunswick Center

Rebecca White
Assistant Professor of History