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 resources can be found on the NetWorks for Faculty Development website.
We recognize that faculty arrive at Williams with different kinds of expertise. Each faculty member has varied aspirations and needs for their professional development, which may well shift over the course of one’s trajectory at the college.
In this document, we emphasize the importance of mentoring, the formal or informal practices used to advise, train, and/or support those with less or different kinds of experience; practices that aim to develop and improve skills; practices that provide additional tools; and/or practices that expand knowledge. Inherent to effective mentoring are the development of trust and the cultivation of a relationship that is mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Mentoring is a key aspect of professional development at all stages of a faculty career.