NetWorks’ goals are a vibrant intellectual community, effective undergraduate teaching, and career-long professional development.
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 the First3 Lunch Schedule 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
The Spring 2017 Associate Deans’ Lunches will focus on a range of topics that emerged last semester related to unit culture(s) and campus climate(s). We will include discussions at the unit-level regarding our responses to shifts in student interests, approaches to balancing mentoring needs and demands, initiating and sustaining productive discussions about diversity, and negotiating in-unit disagreement. In particular, we want to provide a space for faculty to engage with each other on various issues and strategies for navigating these, at times, complicated dynamics. The spring wraps up with our second annual Faculty Retreat on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Mount Hope.
February 8, 2017: Enrollment Patterns
February 22, 2017: Balancing Mentoring Needs & Demands
March 8, 2017: Open Topic
April 5, 2017: Diversity
April 12, 2017: Open Topic
April 19, 2017: Navigating Internal Disagreement
May 3, 2017: Open Topic
May 16, 2017: Faculty Retreat, Mount Hope
The Associate Deans’ lunches are held on Wednesdays at noon at the Faculty House. They are occasions for faculty to get together and talk—across ranks and disciplines—on topics of mutual interest.
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.
Co-hosted by Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Equity Ngonidzashe Munemo and Associate Dean of Faculty Rhon Manigault-Bryant. If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion, please contact one of us.