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 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

Drop-in lunches with Associate Deans

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.

May 3, 2017: Open Topic

May 16, 2017: Faculty Retreat, Mount Hope

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.

Upcoming events

Minding the Gap: Navigating Cultures at Williams, all-faculty retreat

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty (DoF) and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE) will host the second annual all-faculty retreat, “Minding the Gap: Navigating Cultures at Williams,” which will provide a unique opportunity for faculty to come together. The retreat will be held on Tuesday, May 16th, from 9:00am-1:30pm at Mount Hope.

Last year, we used student feedback to focus on classroom climate and teaching cultures. This year, our topic will be “unit cultures and campus climates.” Our conversations will be informed by, among other things, results from our most recent HERI survey, and feedback that the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC) has been collecting on faculty experiences of the classroom.

We will begin with a light breakfast and finish just after lunch. We ask that faculty RSVP here by Thursday, May 11, 2017, so that we may plan accordingly.

Design Thinking Pilot @ Williams

Thanks to a very generous gift, Williams is launching a Design Thinking pilot, to be spearheaded by a three-year, Design Thinker in Residence position (DTiR). The DTiR will be a resource for faculty, staff and students who would like to learn more about and engage design thinking. For faculty in particular, they will be a hands-on resource for planning courses, assignments, and creative approaches to original research. The position represents institutional interest in promoting creativity as a core component of the college educational mission for the campus community as a whole.

Design Thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving, has been emerging at Williams for a number of years (see DesignWilliamsATimeline), and facilitated in great part by the interest of students as well as faculty and staff partners in Art, CLiA, Mathematics, and WCMA.

With its evolution from grassroots initiative to a more formalized pilot, we are excited to launch more robust programming and work in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Stay tuned!

#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!

 

#SocialMedia: Digital Trends in Research & Teaching

The Dean of Faculty’s Office, the Office of Institutional Technology, and the Library are announcing the launch of an annual research, teaching and technology series.
The theme for 2016-17 is #SocialMedia: Digital Trends in Research and Teaching. There will be three events in the Fall, and three in the Spring.  All events will be in the Faculty House Lounge, Noon to 1pm, and lunch will be provided.  

Thursday, October 20

Social Media in the Classroom, PANEL DISCUSSION
Professors Jacqueline Hidalgo, Nate Kornell and María Elena Cepeda share how they use social media in the classroom.

Tuesday, November 15

Case Study: AFR 321 – Trending Black: Race & Social Media in the 21st Century,” PRESENTATION
Professor VaNatta Ford, Africana Studies, discusses her current course AFR 321, in which social media are both objects of study and teaching and exploratory tools.

Tuesday, December 6

Social Media in Higher Education. National Trends and Williams’ Experience, PRESENTATION
Shannon O’Brien, Social Media Strategist, Office of Communications.

Please RSVP for any of the sessions that you’d like to attend.
For additional information about related workshops and Spring programming, see: http://libguides.williams.edu/lattar

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 (Monday, August 29th);
  • 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.

faculty orientation 2016-full program-FINAL

Drop-in lunches with Associate Deans

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.

May 3, 2017: Open Topic

May 16, 2017: Faculty Retreat, Mount Hope

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.

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