Diane Nutt, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Diane Nutt is the acting assistant director of the Learning and Teaching Department at Teesside University in the United Kingdom. She has been a lecturer in sociology at Teesside since 1998 where she gained her PGC (L&T) HE in 1999 and was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2006. During her tenure at Teesside, she initiated a project on study skills
provision and became involved in work on the first-year experience. In 2003, she took up a second opportunity to work in CLQE (now DfLD) on retention. In this role, she set up a retention team and completed a major ESF research project on the retention of nontraditional students (published in 2005). Nutt is also a learning and teaching consultant in her Department and supported restructuring the program from to yearlong length.
In DfLD, she has been actively involved in a variety of committees and working groups, including chair of the Rough Guide editorial board, as well as an author of two Rough Guides. Nutt works closely with Schools, program teams, and faculty in developing curricula. She is committed to exploring strategies to enhance the student experience, from the first year and throughout the university journey.
Nutt began the European First-Year Experience Network is chair of the EFYE Conference Organizing Committee, and is Teesside's representative for the International First-Year Experience Annual Conference Series. She has presented at a wide variety of conferences and events and is often invited to speak or provide consultancy support on issues relating to retention, the first-year experience, and transitions. Nutt holds a BA in independent studies from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and a PhD in sociology, also from Lancaster. Her thesis was on childless women's social networks.