What is NFD (NetWorks for Faculty Development)?

NetWorks’ goals are a vibrant intellectual community, effective undergraduate teaching, and career-long professional development.

Welcome to NetWorks for Faculty Development (NFD). NetWorks provides opportunities for faculty to get to know each other informally and to mentor one another.

For new faculty, these opportunities begin at workshops and orientation events in the late summer. Throughout the year, faculty in their first three years, including pre-tenure faculty, all visitors, artists in residence, Mellon post-doctorate fellows, and Bolin fellows, are invited to participate in First3 Spring Lunches and other events (for more information, see First 3). These discussions provide a forum for asking questions and sharing answers, for learning about the College and its academic resources, for discussions of teaching, scholarship and/or creative endeavors, as well as how to balance it all.

All Faculty lunches (a collaborative effort typically facilitated by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office and First 3) and NFD events occur throughout the year and are open to all, addressing questions of interest to faculty at all stages of their Williams careers. NFD also helps to coordinate programs for all faculty that support our teaching and our own scholarship and creative endeavors, and provides information about the College’s resources in support of that work. Events over the course of the year include Drop-In Lunches with Associate Deans, a publishing workshop and faculty retreat in the spring, and workshops that range from grant-writing and Design Thinking to writing retreats and new media training. The goals are a vibrant intellectual community, effective undergraduate teaching, and career-long professional development.

We hope you’ll check back often to see what’s in store, and contact First 3 or the Dean of Faculty’s office with suggestions for ways that we can support your work.


Upcoming NFD (All Faculty) Events

Upcoming events

#SocialMedia: Digital Trends in Research & Teaching

The Dean of Faculty’s Office, the Office of Institutional Technology, and the Library are announcing the launch of an annual research, teaching and technology series.
The theme for 2016-17 is #SocialMedia: Digital Trends in Research and Teaching. There will be three events in the Fall, and three in the Spring.  All events will be in the Faculty House Lounge, Noon to 1pm, and lunch will be provided.  

Thursday, October 20

Social Media in the Classroom, PANEL DISCUSSION
Professors Jacqueline Hidalgo, Nate Kornell and María Elena Cepeda share how they use social media in the classroom.

Tuesday, November 15

Case Study: AFR 321 – Trending Black: Race & Social Media in the 21st Century,” PRESENTATION
Professor VaNatta Ford, Africana Studies, discusses her current course AFR 321, in which social media are both objects of study and teaching and exploratory tools.

Tuesday, December 6

Social Media in Higher Education. National Trends and Williams’ Experience, PRESENTATION
Shannon O’Brien, Social Media Strategist, Office of Communications.

Please RSVP for any of the sessions that you’d like to attend.
For additional information about related workshops and Spring programming, see: http://libguides.williams.edu/lattar

Drop-in lunches with Associate Deans

Come join Associate Deans Rhon Manigault-Bryant (DoF) and Ngonidzashe Munemo (OIDE) over lunch on Wednesdays at noon in the faculty house.

This fall (2016) we will focus the Associate Deans’ lunches on conversations about teaching in our current context. In particular, we want to open up space to talk about challenges that affect our classroom climate and share strategies for navigating these, at times, complicated dynamics. We will cover a broad range of topics that include discussions about preparation gaps, the various meanings of silence, classroom homogeneity and/or self-segregation, and “difficult” conversations. The fall wraps up with conversations about the qualities of and mechanisms for measuring effective teaching.

The Associate Deans’ lunches are occasions for faculty to get together and talk—across ranks and disciplines—on topics of mutual interest to faculty.

We hope you will join us for one or more lunches in the Old Private Room at the Faculty House. Please charge your lunch to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion, please contact one of us.

Associate Deans Lunches Fall 2016

  • September 21: Teaching Culture(s) at Williams
  • September 28: How do we deal with preparation gaps?
  • October 12: Open Topic
  • October 19: Reality Check: Protests, elections and classroom dynamics
  • October 26: What’s the difference between microaggressions and difficult conversations?
  • November 2: What does silence in the classroom mean?
  • November 9: How can we address homogeneous and/or self-segregating classrooms?
  • November 16: The evaluation of teaching at Williams
  • November 30: Open Topic
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