A friend passes along the latest all-faculty e-mail (available in full below the break) which starts with:

It is with great excitement that I write to you on behalf of the Collaborative for Faculty Development (CFD) to invite you to the inaugural Faculty Essentials Fair, an expo event to be held on Wednesday, September 5th, from 9:30-11:30am in Sawyer Library.

The Collaborative for Faculty Development is a group comprised of faculty and staff that Rhon Manigault-Bryant began two years ago in her role as Associate Dean. CFD members are representatives from different “institutional branches” whose primary work is to interact with, program for, and support faculty at Williams College.

Our correspondent notes:

it has been interesting, over the years, to track the multiplication at Williams of events, meetings and the like with no clearly defined purpose or agenda. rafts and rafts of administrative energy, outstripping all need. also note how far into this email you have to read before you have any idea what it’s even about.

the idea that one can enter a drawing to have money added to one’s research account is, finally, really odd. if profs need extra money for research shouldn’t they ask the dean of the faculty? if they don’t need extra research money, should they be getting it in the first place?

Exactly right. But my complaint is different. Williams faculty members should focus on Williams students, on being in the classroom with them. Professors Rhon Manigault-Bryant (previous Associate Dean) and Katarzyna Pieprzak (current Associate Dean) are excellent teachers! They belong in a Williams classroom, teaching Williams students, every semester. All this administrative hoo-haw takes them away from that calling, from the fundamental purpose of Williams.

How might Maud Mandel help? Simple! Require that faculty administrators continue to maintain a full teaching load. There would still be a dozen or more Williams faculty who would love to start up administrative ladder, who would gladly accept the position of Associate Dean under those conditions, who would understand that their administrative work would come at the cost of their research output. There is no better way to signal that teaching is what matters at Williams — which is another way of saying that undergraduates matter most at Williams — then by requiring all faculty to teach.

Odds of Mandel doing so? Approximately zero.

Full e-mail below:

> From: Katarzyna Pieprzak
> Date: August 16, 2018 at 8:07:51 PM GMT+2
> To: WILLIAMS-FACULTY@LISTSERV.WILLIAMS.EDU
> Subject: Invitation to Faculty Essentials Fair, September 5, 9:30-11:30AM, Sawyer
> Reply-To: Katarzyna Pieprzak
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> Dear Faculty,
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> It is with great excitement that I write to you on behalf of the Collaborative for Faculty Development (CFD) to invite you to the inaugural Faculty Essentials Fair, an expo event to be held on Wednesday, September 5th, from 9:30-11:30am in Sawyer Library.
>
> The Collaborative for Faculty Development is a group comprised of faculty and staff that Rhon Manigault-Bryant began two years ago in her role as Associate Dean. CFD members are representatives from different “institutional branches” whose primary work is to interact with, program for, and support faculty at Williams College.
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> One of the CFD’s goals is to streamline programming and cultivate sustained engagement with our faculty. To this end, the CFD Faculty Essentials Fair is bringing together representatives from over twenty offices on campus to ask you about the needs you may face, and talk with you about the faculty support they can provide for research, teaching or faculty life. Please see the full list of participants below.
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> In addition to learning about these many resources, you will have the opportunity to enhance your research monies. While at the fair you will be invited to share your thoughts and ideas about faculty resources, and in return your name will be entered for one of three $500 research account top-ups or a $250 gift certificate to the Williams Bookstore.
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> With warm wishes for the end of the summer, and with the sincere hope that we will see you at the fair!
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> On behalf of the Collaborative for Faculty Development,
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> Kashia
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> Katarzyna Pieprzak
> Associate Dean of Faculty
> Professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature
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> List of Offices Participating in the Faculty Essentials Fair
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> Dean of the Faculty Office
> Accessible Education
> Career Services
> Center for Learning in Action
> Communications
> Davis Center
> Dean of the College
> Design Engineering and Model Making
> Design Thinking
> Human Resources
> Information Technology (OIT)
> Integrative Wellness
> Libraries
> Oakley Center
> Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
> Quantitative Skills Programs and Peer Support
> Registrar
> WCMA
> Writing Programs
> Zilkha Center

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