Professional Development and Mentoring at Williams

At Williams College, we are committed to furthering the professional development of faculty members as teachers, scholars/artists, and contributors to college governance. We seek to provide support for continuing growth in these areas. Every faculty member has access to a range of college resources for professional development. Information about these… Continue reading »

Drop-in lunches with Associate Deans

Dear Colleagues,

Last semester, the Associate Deans’ lunches explored issues related to labor and community commitments at the college level (writ large). This semester, we will cover a broad range of topics related to the work we do in the classroom, including: teaching cultures, grading and grade inflation, academic freedom in the classroom, and the role of creativity and innovation in our pedagogies. 

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 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 Kashia Pieprzak. If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion, please contact one of us.

Fall 2018 Schedule & Topics

Sept. 19th: Open Topic

Oct. 3rd: Teaching Cultures at Williams

Oct. 24th: Pedagogical Innovation and Creative Work in the Classroom with Chris Goh, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Nov. 7th: Academic Freedom in the Classroom with Anita Levy, Academic Freedom Senior Officer at the AAUP

Nov. 28th:  Grading, Grade Inflation with Stacie Goddard, Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College

Dec. 5th: Open Topic


Difference, Power, Equity (DPE) Faculty Chats

Williams College is committed to creating and maintaining a curriculum, faculty, and student body that reflects and explores a diverse, globalized world. In the spirit of that commitment, the  the faculty voted in the spring of 2017 to change the current Exploring Diversity Initiative requirement to the Difference, Power,… Continue reading »

Design Thinking Pilot @ Williams

Thanks to a very generous gift, Williams has officially launched a three-year Design Thinking pilot program,  to be spearheaded by Richard Grefé, our Design Thinker in Residence (DTiR). Ric will be a resource for faculty, staff and students who would like to learn more about and engage innovative practices. For… Continue reading »