Academic and Advising Support for Faculty
Tufts values outstanding teaching and encourages faculty engagement with students beyond the classroom.
Key Faculty Resources
The StAAR Center (Student Accessibility and Academic Resource Center)
The StAAR Center coordinates academic, housing, and other reasonable accommodations as needed for students with disabilities. We support professors in making an inclusive learning environment for all students and provide resource tools to make it attainable.
Our office provides a variety of individual and group programming that attends to the needs of a diverse community of learners and includes one-on-one academic coaching, academic skills and discipline-specific workshops, and small group tutoring for specific courses. We also offer one-on-one tutoring through our writing center and provide support in public speaking and presentation skills. All Academic Resources are free and open to all Tufts students undergraduate and graduate students in Arts, Science and Engineering, SMFA and the Fletcher School.
You can find out more about what we do and how we can help on our Faculty Partnerships webpage. Faculty are invited to participate in the Writing Fellows Program: Join a group of professors and talented undergraduate writing tutors dedicated to improving student writing by making time outside of class and office hours for drafting, feedback, and revising.
Tufts provides resources and programs to identify, support, and nurture the talents of undergraduate and graduate students as they conduct research, explore research opportunities, or seek funding for future endeavors through nationally competitive scholarships and grants. Faculty are encouraged to nominate students and to serve as mentors, recommenders, and on scholarship selection committees. The Summer Scholars Program unites professors and students in funded summer research projects. The Undergraduate Research Fund provides reimbursement for costs incurred as part of a student’s original research.
In the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, faculty are directly responsible for advising undergraduates. Faculty serve as the advisors of students who have a declared a major, and they serve as Pre-Major Advisors for first-year students and undeclared sophomores.
Center for Enhancement for Learning and Teaching
Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is a central resource for teaching-related initiatives at Tufts University (covering all schools).
Conference on Faculty and Teaching Development
Tufts sponsors an annual university-wide teaching conference to bring faculty together around common teaching problems.
Kognito is an online educational program designed to teach faculty, staff, and student leaders about mental health. The platform has been used by over 100 colleges and universities, training almost 60,000 faculty and staff and two million students. It is available to all members of the Tufts community.