Support faculty and staff development

The group’s scope includes:

  • Defining, recognizing, and supporting success
  • Professional development policies, practices, and opportunities
  • Supporting collaborations among faculty, staff, and students
  • Morale

Group Members

Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty and Department of Religion
Danielle Gonzalez, Office of Human Relations
Chris Sewell ’05, Office of the Dean of the College
Tara Watson, Department of Economics and Public Health Program
Safa Zaki, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science Program

Working Group charge (draft)

Williams seeks to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse and innovative faculty and staff whose members contribute to their fields of expertise and to the flourishing of students in a 21st century residential liberal arts college. How we define, support, measure, recognize, and publicize faculty and staff excellence should be examined and refined in relation to other key issues, including our goals for student learning (inside and outside the classroom) and for an inclusive and equitable community.  

This working group is charged to develop higher-level goals and strategies concerning:

  • What it means to be a faculty member at this small, residential liberal arts college, what mechanisms are currently in place to support faculty to do their work, and how the college can best communicate its expectations and support faculty in achieving them;
  • What it means to be a staff member at this small, residential liberal arts college, what mechanisms are currently in place to support staff to do their work, and how the college can best communicate its expectations and support staff in achieving them;
  • How faculty and staff can work together, in collaborative and complementary fashion, to advance the shared goal of offering our students the best residential liberal arts college education and experience possible;
  • How the college can more effectively recruit, support, and retain a talented and diverse faculty and staff.

The working group should consider the following questions:

  • How should the college foster an environment that enables all faculty and staff to flourish in their areas of expertise and best support the education of our students?
  • How should the college support faculty and staff to develop competencies to meet or exceed individual and institutional professional expectations?
  • How should the college assess whether and how faculty and staff are attaining both their professional development goals and the college’s goals for student flourishing?
  • How should the college recognize and publicize faculty and staff accomplishments?

Each working group will collaborate with the Office of the President on a list of resources needed for its work, including internal data sets and models from peer institutions. In addition, each working group is charged with:

  • Developing an open and inclusive process for gathering input from all sectors of the campus;
  • Developing a communications strategy throughout the fall and early spring of 2019-20;
  • Coordinating with other relevant working groups and the Coordinating Committee as necessary;
  • Recognizing that resources are limited and thinking carefully about ways to achieve programmatic change without necessarily increasing total spending;
  • Operating with the understanding that new initiatives may replace existing ones and thus an inventory of possible reductions/eliminations should be developed.