Teresa Farnum & Associates

Robert Shea, Ph.D.

TFA Associate

Services Provided

Types of Institutions Served

  • Four-year public universities
  • Four-year private colleges
  • Women’s colleges

Dr. Shea currently holds the position of Director of Faculty Development at Bryant University. Prior to this recent appointment, Bob worked with faculty at the University of Rhode Island (URI) to increase student learning and success. He served the University in two capacities: 1) as the Director of the Office of Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment, and Accreditation, and 2) as the Assistant Director of the Instructional Development Program.

Before his tenure at URI, Dr. Shea held the position of Dean of the First Year Experience at Pine Manor College (PMC) and also served as the Director of Faculty and Leadership Curriculum Development at PMC’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility. At that institution Dr. Shea was, in addition, an Associate Professor of Sociology.

Dr. Shea has a strong background in faculty development, assessment, service-learning, community-based research, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). He has worked with the Carnegie Foundation on developing communities of practice for SoTL. Most recently, he and a colleague were awarded a Champlin grant to develop a model classroom in which to train faculty to teach effectively using technology.


Robert Shea

Dr. Robert Shea

  • First-year programming and student retention
  • Service-learning and college/community partnerships
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
  • Portfolios and student reflection
  • Inclusive leadership and social responsibility