Your browser does not support JavaScript!
Welcome & Mission Welcome & Mission

Welcome to the Faculty Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Innovation at Curry College!

Opened in September of 2011, the launch of the Faculty Center has been made possible through the generous support of both the President and Trustees of Curry College and a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, which was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. 

We invite you to browse the links here to find out more about our people, programs, and facilities.

The Faculty Center is located at 65A Atherton (#36 on the map).  Main number: 617.333.2186, email:

Our mission is to engage faculty in diverse and effective professional development experiences, in anticipation of and response to faculty and institutional goals. We do this by offering the following programs, services, and initiatives to Curry College faculty:

  • Collaborative consultations with faculty on innovative approaches to teaching, research/scholarship, service, and leadership.

  • On-site opportunities to explore and learn (including emergent technologies), collaborate (in flexible, multi-use spaces), and explore (through both structured and open time).

  • Dissemination and networking of effective faculty practices and new ideas among individuals, academic areas, the College, and the Higher Education community.

  • Ongoing assessment of our effectiveness through multiple sources and kinds of evidence to improve and shape future work of the Center.

Collaboration Room Collaboration Room
Who we Are Who we Are
  • Ed Tallent, Dean of Faculty. 

    Main responsibilities include connecting Faculty Center priorities and directions with institutional objectives via Academic Affairs; collaborating with Excellence in Teaching and other Committees; overseeing Center operations, staff, and funding; supporting the training and professional development of Center personnel; assessing Center effectiveness; and reporting to stakeholders (faculty, senior staff, foundations and funding agencies, other external groups).
  • Amanda Crabb, Administrative and Technology Assistant.

    Provides a consistent presence in the Innovation Lab, coordinates scheduling for the Center, and manage Center resources and assessment data. She also has the distinction of the longest official job title at the Center.
  • Dian Gifford, Grants Coordinator.

    Dian is responsible for supporting and assisting faculty and staff in seeking, obtaining, and administering grant-funded research, sponsored projects, and fellowships. Among others, she has recently helped facilitate successful proposals to the Davis Educational Foundation, AAC&U's Bringing Theory to Practice Program, and the Promise of Nursing for Massachusetts Grant Program. For more information on Grants visit the Grants & Fellowships page
  • Jennifer Ceven McNally, Faculty Center Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Science and Math.

  • Christine Sacco, Instructional Designer/Technologist. For more information on Instructional Design and Technology visit the Instructional Design/Tech page

Find us on Social Media Find us on Social Media


Strategically Social: May 2013       twitter-icon

Innovation Lab Innovation Lab

Looking for a technology-enhanced place to work solo or in small groups on course design, research, or to learn something new? The Innovation Lab offers platforms and workstations for faculty, with on-site, in-person support. 


Please call or e-mail with question about the Innovation Lab, and/or to schedule time for yourself or a small group of colleagues to work on a project: x2186 or

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Elements of our Evolving Vision for the Faculty Center:

  • Centrality:

    At the heart of faculty work/life, and at the heart of the campus, we are an open resource and point of connection for all faculty.

    Campus Map Showing Faculty Center
  • Integration:

    Providing a context of support for long-term, personalized professional growth and integration across multiple domains of faculty work, within and outside of the classroom, we offer a "third place" where achieving strategic objectives though new curricula and fostering learning go hand-in-hand.
  • Evidence:

    Grounding programs and processes in thoughtful analysis of evidence, we regularly draw upon research on best practices, student data, learning outcomes assessment, and assessment of what we do.