Who are we?

The 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. The Guild is led by David Yaskin (linkedin profile), founder and CEO of Starfish Retention Solutions, who helped to define and scale the category of software referred to as "enterprise student success" or IPASS.

What's our dream?

Our vision is a world where post-secondary education considers teaching as important as content knowledge or research, and it is rewarded appropriately. Our mission is to provide students with faculty who are great at teaching. To do this, we are re-inventing professional development and faculty hiring.

When does it start?

The Guild is planning a launch of its services in Spring 2018 with colleges and universities who are eager to promote faculty-centered, personalized professional development. We are currently looking for higher-education institutions and part-time faculty to be a part of the initial launch group. Join the launch group!

How do I get in touch?

(844) PROF-374





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). 2016 collaborator with US Department of Education, White House, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, and National Academy of Education.

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Julie Johnson, Ed.d., Chief Academic Officer


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.




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


Highly technical and strategic software engineering and product manager. Previously Director of Engineering at IT.com and Engineering Team Lead at Hobsons, as well as a Starfish Retention Solutions Engineering alumnus. 

Meaghan Duff, Ph.D., Advisor


Sr. Director of Professional Learning at EDUCAUSE; College faculty for 20 years, including 15 years teaching online.  Associate Lecturer in History, University of Massachusetts-Boston; Faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Western Kentucky University; Executive positions at Blackboard Inc. and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).


We are hiring! 

Join our dedicated, mission-oriented team that laughs a lot.

  • Facilitators with advanced degrees in instructional design, education psychology or similar
  • Part-time UX designer, leading to full-time Software developers
  • Sales representatives 

We are an equal opportunity employer who encourages a workforce as diverse as the faculty members we support.