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

New Faculty Orientation 2016!

Join the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (DoF), First3, the Office of Institutional Technology (OIT), and the Williams College Libraries for several days of programming to help new and incoming faculty as they transition into life at Williams.

Events include:

  • a Welcome Reception featuring President Adam Falk, Dean of Faculty Denise Buell, and Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom (Tuesday, August 30th);
  • a full introduction to the resources available via the Libraries and OIT (Tuesday, August 30th)
  • an orientation designed specifically to introduce new faculty to the various resources, spaces, and cultures available to faculty sponsored by the Office of the DoF (Wednesday, August 31st);
  • teaching-focused panels and sessions on “Perspectives on Teaching and Learning” (POTL) and a reception for faculty and partner sponsored by First3 (Thursday, September 1st);
  • – assistance with creating your syllabi,introductions to various classrooms on campus, and training for how to use  Glow (our course management system) with current staff and faculty (various dates).

For the full schedule, click below.

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Drop-in lunches with Associate Deans

Come join Associate Deans Rhon Manigault-Bryant and Ngonidzashe Munemo over lunch on Wednesdays at noon in the faculty house. Sign in at the front desk under the Dean of Faculty’s office and come find us (we’ll usually be in the Old Private Dining Room.) We’ll have some specific topics planned, but feel free to suggest other topics for discussion. A schedule of upcoming dates and topics is soon to come. Hope to see you there!

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