Marianne Reiff was introduced to Jane Vella and Dialogue Education in 1996 when she dared members of a disgruntled Master of Adult Learning cohort to use DE principles and practices to reframe and reclaim their classroom experience. After seeing the transformational power of DE in action during a crisis, she signed up to learn more. She has been learning and experimenting ever since.
As an educator in some form or other for over 30 years, Marianne has worked with adult learners in community-based programs, profit and non-profit settings, and higher education institutions. And she identified some common threads around learning that are still the touchstones for her work – listen, design, embrace failure, appreciate, and laugh.
During her time as a university professor and administrator Marianne worked with both traditional and non-traditional students in a variety of learning environment formats. What continues to intrigue her, however, is the lack of training and support for faculty members who teach at the college level. She has long been an advocate of peer faculty mentoring, and helped start such a program for Lesley University. Acting on her passion to make adult learning visible, she collaborated on projects to develop a Masters in Adult Learning at Tusculum College and a PhD in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Adult Learning for Lesley University.
In her current position as Dean of Academic Success at American International College she continues teach and train using DE principles. She is additionally certified in True Colors and trained as a Visual Facilitator. She has developed several teaching tools and also modified them for use in on-line courses. For example, she used the principles of effective feedback to develop a Posting Thermometer designed for use with on-line discussion board learning tasks.