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.
Last year, the Associate Deans’ lunches explored issues impacting faculty climate in the classroom, and at the unit-level. This semester, we will focus on a range of topics related to labor and community commitments at the college level (writ large).
The Associate Deans’ lunches are held on Wednesdays at noon. They are occasions for faculty to get together and talk—across ranks, divisions, and disciplines—on topics of mutual interest.
We hope you will join us for one or more lunches this fall, which will be held in a variety of locations. When held at the Faculty House (see the schedule for details), 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.
Lunch Dates & Locations
- September 20, 2017: Labor and college community commitments – Noon in the Black Room at The Log
- October 4, 2017: Open Conversation – Noon in the Black Room at The Log
- October 11, 2017: Who is actually doing college service? – Noon in the Black Room at The Log
- October 25, 2017: I notice I am the only one who cares about…– Noon in the New Private Room of the Faculty House
- November 15, 2017: Does service actually make a difference? – Noon in the Black Room at The Log
- December 6, 2017: How do we balance labor and college community commitments? I need a break from service, what do I do? – Noon in the New Private Room of the Faculty House