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

#DesignerDemo: Design Thinking @ Williams

A “crash course” in design thinking approaches, strategies, and techniques for faculty, student, and staff members of the Williams community. Led by Eugene Korsunskiy ’08, Coordinator of Design Initiatives at the University of Vermont.

Thursday, January 5, 1pm-4pm (Sawyer Library 328)

Friday, January 13, 9am-12pm (Sawyer Library 328)

RSVP here!


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.

Spring 2017 schedule to be announced!

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

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