First3 networking opportunities are especially for faculty in their first three years at the college. Additional networking opportunities are open to faculty more widely, either to all faculty or by division.
Originally established in 1995 as PET (Project for Effective Teaching), First3, which has evolved continuously over the years, is designed to offer pedagogical insight and professional support to all faculty and fellows in their first three years at Williams.
The heart of the First3 program resides in its weekly lunches, which are informal and relatively unstructured, where we discuss a vast array of topics around teaching, both in general and as they relate to our particular classrooms and to our scholarly work. Periodically, we also invite guests who are important campus resources to talk with us about the services they offer or the ways in which their offices support our scholarly, creative, and pedagogical work.
Participation in First3 is entirely voluntary: Faculty members may attend as much or as little as they like and the nature of the program is fundamentally non-evaluative. Its principal goals are to make available a forum for instructors to discuss pedagogy, scholarly work, and professional development with more seasoned colleagues as well as one another, and to foster opportunities for faculty to establish valuable mentoring and support networks through which to continue to grow as members of the Williams academic community.
Kashia Pieprzak is Chair and Professor of French and Comparative Literature. Her teaching primarily focuses on literature and art from North Africa and the Francophone world that engages issues related to migration, urban space, memory, and geography. She also teaches museum studies. Her current research is on the shantytown and aesthetics in the Francophone mediterranean.
Magnus Bernhardsson is Professor of Middle Eastern history in the History Department and is affiliated with Arabic Studies, Religion, Jewish Studies, Global Studies and Leadership Studies. His area of research is the political and cultural history of the modern Middle East particularly Hashemite Iraq (1921-1958). He is currently working on two books: an intro to the MIddle East written in Icelandic and a book called History Be Dammed which focuses on how the building of hydro-electric dams in the Middle East have destroyed historical artifacts.
Sarah Goh is Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her teaching and research interests lie in the area of organic chemistry and polymer design and synthesis. Her research involves the design and use of non-covalent assemblies incorporating synthetic polymers and biomimetic (protein-based) components in targeted drug delivery applications.
In addition to coordinating the regular weekly First 3 lunches, Kashia, Magnus, and Sarah also help coordinate the NFD all-faculty lunches.
First3 Weekly Lunches for New Faculty
For faculty in their first three years at Williams, including pre-tenure faculty, visitors, artists in residence, Mellon post-doctorate fellows, Bolin fellows. Lunches are on Mondays and Thursdays, 12-1:15PM, in the Faculty House. These are informal lunches and people are invited to come to all of them or some of them, and to come late or leave early as needed. Lunches, covered by NFD, provide an opportunity to meet people and to ask questions, to discuss teaching, scholarship and/or creative endeavors, as well as how to balance it all. More topical or thematic discussions may also be scheduled and announced via email and on this web site’s events section.
Upcoming First3 Events
Networking Opportunities Beyond First3
These are held twice in each semester on issues that vary from year to year. All-faculty lunches typically meet on Fridays at noon in the Faculty Club. Dates and topics are announced via e-mail a week in advance. In the past these lunches have addressed writing across the curriculum, grade inflation, the honor code, and the inclusive classroom.
The Open Classroom initiative offers an easy way for all of us to visit other colleagues’ classrooms over the course of the year. It is managed through GLOW and will show up as one of your courses, not one you are teaching, but one you can “take.” For those who might be new to the College, about to teach in an unfamiliar classroom setting, looking to experiment with course content, or for those who are simply curious about the many different kinds of teaching that take place at Williams, The Open Classroom will make it possible for us to benefit from one another as a community of teachers.
New Faculty Mentor Program
For in-coming pre-tenure faculty. Each in-coming faculty member is provided with a faculty mentor, a senior colleague from outside of their academic unit, who will be happy to answer questions, provide information, and even offer suggestions. Senior faculty volunteer to serve as a mentor to incoming tenure-track faculty.
For more information, contact Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Dean of the Faculty.
Open to all faculty teaching during the relevant semester by application. An opportunity to constitute a group of four faculty to meet to discuss pedagogy and to visit each others’ classes.
For more information, contact John Gerry, Associate Dean of the Faculty.
Faculty Discussion Seminar
A discussion seminar to explore the pedagogical challenges associated with teaching our diverse student body.
The seminar, open to all teaching faculty, meets 6-8 times during the semester over wine and cheese at The Davis Center. We begin with discussion of current research in social justice and multicultural education, then turn to conversations about cases from our own experience. Ideally, the group is made up of faculty from various disciplines and levels of experience. Participants are expected to commit to the entire seminar; a modest stipend of will be paid for participation.
Writing/Creative Endeavors Roundtables
Open to all faculty by application, with preference to pre-tenure faculty. An opportunity to constitute a small group of four faculty to initiate writing/creative endeavor support groups and to share your work with each other.
For more information, contact John Gerry, Associate Dean of the Faculty.
Manuscript Review Program
Open to Divison I and II faculty by application, with preference to pre-tenure faculty. An opportunity for a faculty member with a completed manuscript draft or equivalent body of work to bring one or two experts from beyond Williams to campus to discuss their manuscript, along with a small group of Williams colleagues.
Support for Faculty Writers
Open to all faculty: The writing process provides challenges for writers of every caliber. Because even accomplished writers benefit from support, the Director of Writing Programs, Stephanie Dunson, offers individual consultation for faculty working on articles, proposals, or manuscripts. All individual consultations are private and confidential.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Stephanie Dunson, Director of Writing Programs.
Oakley Center Discussion Seminars
Open to Division I and II faculty, see application information. An opportunity to propose a topic for shared readings and discussions, and to assemble a group of faculty to engage in those explorations of new fields of study or methodologies. Faculty from Division III sometimes participate at the invitation of the seminar organizer(s), but the Center’s focus is primarily on the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Pedagogy and Class Practice
Open to all faculty, the Office of Writing Programs offers support to faculty for any aspect of teaching writing or teaching with writing. Whether you’re planning a new writing-intensive course, looking for new ways to integrate writing into your current courses, or trying to make sense of a particularly perplexing stack of student papers, getting a bit of expert insight can make all the difference.
For more information, contact Stephanie Dunson, Director of Writing Programs.
Drop-in Lunches with Associate Deans
This weekly lunch series is designed to provide a forum to discuss a range of issues faculty face at the college. Check the topics and please join us for one or more, Wednesdays noon-1pm, Old Private Room, Faculty House. Please charge your lunch to the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
Co-hosted by Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity Ngonidzashe Munemo and Associate Dean of Faculty Rhon Manigault-Bryant. If you would like to suggest a topic for the series, please contact one of us.
Evaluation and Review Processes: A Series of Discussions
For pre-tenure faculty, as specified in invitations. These group discussions are designed to introduce the procedures for the evaluation of teaching, scholarship/creative endeavors, and service at Williams and to provide an opportunity to ask questions.
For more information, contact Ngonidzashe Munemo, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity.