Diane Boyd

Mary Seawell Metz ’58 Executive Director, Faculty Development Center & Associate Dean Faculty Development

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Dr. Diane E. Boyd is the Associate Dean of Faculty Development and the Executive Director of the Faculty Development Center at Furman University in Greenville, SC. In this role she collaborates with colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally to create innovative structures and programs for the ongoing professional growth of faculty and academic staff. Prior to rejoining the faculty at Furman, Boyd was the Director of the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Auburn University from 2014-2019, where she led a campus-wide course redesign initiative to prepare instructors at all ranks for inclusive, active learning-infused teaching to maximize student learning and success.

Most recently Dr. Boyd has been invited to work at the consortia-level to support colleagues in several multi-campus initiatives. In the summer of 2020, she facilitated our collective transition to remote teaching via multi-modal course design seminars during the SARS-COVID 10 pandemic. In 2021, she led a 5-campus initiative, funded by a ACS Diversity and Inclusion Grant, to develop a conversation-rich curriculum for building anti-racist teaching and learning environments. In AY 2021-2022 she lead the ACS MAPP team (Mid-Career Advancement Pathways Program) to design and deliver a curriculum to help guide mid-career colleagues in developing purposeful, joy-centered, holistic pathways for professional advancement.


  • Ph.D., British Literature & Culture; Auburn University
  • M.A., British Literature & Certificate in Critical Theory; Florida State University
  • B.A., English Literature, Religious Studies, and Spanish minors; Florida State University


  • Caldwell-O'Keefe, J. R., Boyd, D. E., Ashe, D., Bach, D., & Diede, M. (2020). Turning off the Firehose and Fostering Community for the New Professoriate: Five Institutional Perspectives on New Faculty Orientation. The Journal of Faculty Development, 34(2), 59-66.
  •  McMillian, L. R., Johnson, T., Parker, F., Hunt, C. W., & Boyd, D. E. (2020). Improving Student Learning Outcomes through a Collaborative Higher Education Partnership. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 32(1), 117-124).
  •  Boyd, D.E., Yee, K. (2018, June 18). How can we amplify student learning? The ANSWER from cognitive science. [Faculty Focus Blog post]. Retrieved from: https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/how-can-we-amplify-student-learning-the-answer-from-cognitive-psychology/
  •  Boyd, D.E. (2017). “Student drafting behaviors in and beyond the first-year seminar” in Bass, R, and Moore, J., eds. Critical transitions: Transfer and its implications for higher education administration. (Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing) 121-157.
  •  Boyd, D. E. (2014). The growth mindset approach: A threshold concept in course redesign. Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning, 6, 29-44.
  •  Boyd, D. E., & Kvande, M. (Eds.) (2008). Everyday Revolutions: Eighteenth-Century Women Transforming Public and Private. University of Delaware Press.

Honors and Awards

  • “Purpose, Place, and People: How the Pandemic Fostered Inclusive and Resilient Course Design” with Benjamin Haywood and John McArthur. Southern States Communication Association 2022 Convention Top Paper Award Panel: Instructional Development Division. April 2022.
  • PI of ACS Mid-Career Advancement Pathways Program (ACS MAPP) Collaborative Curriculum Grant, Melon Cycle 9 (50K) 2021-2022
  • PI of ACS Conversation-Rich Education for Anti-Racist Teaching/Learning Environments (ACS CREATE) Diversity and Inclusion Grant, Mellon Cycle 8 (36K) 2020-2021
  • Auburn Facilities Prioritization Program Awards, 2017, 2018 (70 K)
  • Concessions Board Grant Awards 2016, 2017, 2018 (15K)
  • Project Lead, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education Instructional Innovation Fund Grant: “Courses and/as Technologies” week-long faculty seminar, July 2008
  • 2007 Hall of Fame Award for Innovation in Education for “Interactive Virtual Field Trips in an Urban Studies Course” with Dr. Lloyd Benson, Cort Haldaman, Wade Shepherd, and Mike Winiski

Additional Professional Activities

  • Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network Un-conference Chair (2019), program coordinating team (2015-present).
  •  “Amplifying Inclusive Leadership: 3 Questions and the Truth” POD Network Conference, November 2018.
  •  “Toward a Learning Culture: Leveraging the Collaborative Learning Improvement Model.” International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, October 2018.
  •  “Serial Engagement: Leveraging the Workshop Series to Drive Institutional Change” with Lindsay Doukopoulos. International Consortium of Educational Developers, June 2018.
  •  “Gritty Teachers: Composing Compelling & Evidence-Based Teaching Reflections” with Lindsay Doukopoulos. International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, June 2018.
  • Conference Co-chair, 2nd Annual Learning Improvement Summit with Megan Rodgers Good. March 11-13, 2018.
  •  “Deconstruct to Build it Up: Workshop Facilitation Design and Delivery” with Patty Payette and Nick Yates. POD Network Conference, 2017.
  •  “Threshold Concepts in Online Course Design” with Justin Lonsbury. The International Threshold Concepts Conference, June 2016.
  •  “Back to the Future: Why Cognitive Science is the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Faculty Development, and What We Should Do About It.” with Kevin Yee. POD Network Conference, November 2015.
  •  “Making it or Breaking It? A Scalable Framework for Faculty Development in Active Learning Classrooms” with Wiebke Kuhn. National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, August 2015.
  •  “Growth Mindset: An Interdisciplinary Threshold Concept in Course Design” National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (NAIRTL) International Threshold Concepts Conference, Dublin, UK, June 2012.
  •  Conference Chair, Southern Regional Faculty Development Consortium (SRFIDC) annual meeting “Teaching and Learning: Behind the Scenes,” Greenville, SC, March 2012.