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From: Katarzyna Pieprzak
Date: Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Faculty Essentials Fair and Fall Coffee Hours

Dear Colleagues,

I write to you today on behalf of the Collaborative for Faculty Development (CFD). We would like to thank you for participating in the Faculty Essentials Fair last month and invite you to join us at the upcoming CFD Faculty Essentials Coffee Hours – a series of drop-in style opportunities to consult with representatives of offices that offer faculty-facing resources. A reminder that the CFD is a group comprised of faculty and staff from different “institutional branches” whose primary work is to interact with, program for, and support faculty at Williams College. Some of our primary goals are to streamline programming and cultivate sustained engagement with faculty members.

The Faculty Essentials Fair in September was a wonderful gathering of people. Around sixty people attended, and the feedback about the quality of interaction and access to information has been overwhelmingly positive. Here are just some examples of questions that faculty asked that started productive conversations:

* I would like to have my students respond with video instead of an essay, can you help?
* Can you help me study the relationship between spaces on campus and students’ emotional moods?
* How can art at WCMA relate to my course?
* How can I use design thinking in my class, when I do not teach with project-based methods?
* How can I get word out about a really interesting research project my students are working on?
* Who do I contact to find a culturally competent therapist?
* What kinds of grant support do you provide? What is the process?

Due to the positive feedback we have received from participants, the Faculty Essentials Fair will be held again next September, and if you have any suggestions, please send them our way.

In the meantime, the offices associated with the Collaborative for Faculty Development remain eager to reach out to faculty and be available for consultations. To this facilitate this, we have scheduled five drop-in style coffee hours for the fall semester, to occur on the first and third Thursdays of the month, and to alternate in location across Route 2 between Hollander Hall and the Thompson Biology Lab Building (please note that all of these coffee hours, irrespective of location, are open to faculty in all divisions). During the Coffee Hour, representatives from 6-7 offices on campus will be on hand to answer your questions and offer support.

We will be sending Daily Message Reminders, but here is the schedule for the fall:

Thursday October 4, 3-4PM, Hollander Hall, Faculty Lounge
Thursday October 18, 10-11AM, TBL 211
Thursday November 1, 3-4PM, Hollander Hall, Faculty Lounge
Thursday November 15, 10-11AM, TBL 211
Thursday December 6, 3-4PM, Goodrich Hall 207

This Thursday October 4, representatives from Grants, the Writing Program, ITech, Libraries, and HR-Benefits will be on hand in Hollander Hall. Please pop-by to say hello, have a cup of coffee, and start a conversation!

On behalf of the Collaborative for Faculty Development,


Katarzyna Pieprzak
Associate Dean of Faculty
Professor, French and Comparative Literature

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