Help faculty teach for success

Personalized professional coaching, community of peers and a common vocabulary of evidence-based instructional practices


Our Dream

We envision a world where post-secondary education considers teaching as important as content knowledge or research, and it is rewarded appropriately. To do this, we are re-inventing professional development and faculty hiring.


Who We Are

In our team’s work at Complete College America, Starfish Retention Solutions (now part of Hobsons) and Blackboard – three leading voices in the student success movement – we have proudly seen appropriate focus put on remedial education reform, wraparound services and pathways. These game changers help students increase momentum and overcome challenges to achieve graduation.

For years, we have wondered: “Are we doing all we can with the people who can impact our students the most – the faculty?” As the individuals with the greatest impact on student learning, how are faculty being supported? How are they engaging in the student success conversation?

Faculty Guild is a new organization focused on improving student outcomes by re-investing in the heart and soul of higher education: the classroom and faculty.

We offer personalized professional development for faculty based on the research and model developed under the leadership of Dr. Gail Mellow, CUNY college president and 2017 winner of the ACE-administered TIAA Institute’s Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. The model is explored in the book Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters!


How Do I Get in Touch?



(844) 776-3374

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Our Leadership Team


David Yaskin

Chief Executive Officer

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Education technology leader; 31-year software development veteran; CEO & Founder, Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., 2007-2015; VP Product Strategy, Blackboard Inc., 1999-2007; Inventor on nine education technology patents (assessment, retention, portals); Collaborator with U.S. Department of Education, White House, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation and National Academy of Education.


Emma Zone, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President of Academic Operations & Innovation

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Scholar-practitioner and higher education administrator with 20 years of academic operations, teaching and curriculum development experience. Former Vice Provost and VP of Academic Operations, Colorado Technical University; Digital learning thought leader; former Chair, Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework Executive Committee; Ed.D., Argosy University; M.A., DePaul University; M.Ed., University of Illinois; B.A., University of Michigan.


John Plunkett

Chief Operating Officer

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Education marketing and operations leader with 20+ years of experience; SVP Marketing and External Relations at Hobsons, Inc.; SVP of Strategy and Marketing at Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.; Senior marketing leadership positions at Blackboard Inc. and GetWellNetwork.


Tony Pianta

Chief Technology Officer

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Highly technical and strategic software engineering and product manager; Former Director of Engineering at; Engineering Team Lead at Hobsons and Starfish Retention Solutions.


Kate Bertram

Sr. Director, Community Engagement

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Passionate communicator and client advocate. Director of Marketing, Student Success at Hobsons, Inc., Product Marketing Manager at Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., consulting and faculty training positions at Blackboard Inc.


Julie Johnson, Ed.D.


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Higher education policy expert with 20 years of experience; VP of Strategy, Complete College America; Deputy CEO, University of the District of Columbia Community College; Professorial Lecturer of Education, The George Washington University; Chair of the Board, Maya Angelou Public Charter School; EDUCAUSE Breakthrough Models Academy Winner; Director of Programs, U.S. Department of Education; Ed.D., The George Washington University; Ed.M., Harvard University; B.A., Azusa Pacific University.


Careers at Faculty Guild

Faculty Guild is a mission-driven organization with a dedicated team of people. We believe in the power of purposeful teaching to make a difference for students. We’re always looking for people to join our team, who share our passion and get excited when talking about a professor who made a difference in their lives.


Are you ready to make a difference?

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


Academic Operations


  • Coming Soon!

Sales and Marketing


Don't see what you are looking for? We routinely post positions to this page as well as announce them on Twitter and LinkedIn. Be sure to follow us for the latest opportunities.

Faculty Guild is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, religion or other legally protected status.


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