Building community and creating collegiality may seem like relatively minor aspects of a faculty member’s life, especially when compared to the demands of scholarship, teaching and service. But at the Serie Center, we believe that community and collegiality can significantly enhance a faculty member’s job satisfaction, leading to happier, more productive use of our time.
We strive to make the Serie Center welcoming by providing a pleasant, comfortable space for faculty and staff to meet, serving tasty and nutritious refreshments and creating opportunities to talk with one another about books, ideas, and each other’s work. We also host happy hours and stop to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues. We even pick up the costs when our colleagues take a new faculty member to lunch. All of the following programs are supported by funds from the Andrew Mellon “Next Stages” grant.
Our pre-tenure and non-tenure, junior-faculty mentoring program. Please contact Serie Center Director Adrienne Christiansen for more information.
Below are articles by Kerry Ann Rockquemore on mentoring faculty.
- Essay on coaching style of mentoring
- Essay calling for senior faculty to embrace new style of mentoring
- Essay on how to make new arrives in an academic department feel welcome
- Essay on starting off a mentoring relationship
- Essay on how to be a good faculty mentor to junior professors
Non-Tenure Track Connected Colleagues
The Serie Center works closely with non-tenure track faculty to create programs that address the unique needs of this important faculty cohort. The Serie Center announces a new pilot program NTT-Co-Mentoring. For more information about non-tenure track activities, please contact Marianne Milligan or Julia Manor.
The Serie Center partners with the DeWitt Wallace Library staff to host twice-a-semester All Faculty/Staff Happy Hours. Held in the Harmon Room on the first floor of the library, Happy Hours offer an opportunity to laugh and relax together, meet new colleagues and visit with old friends. (They also constitute the Serie Center’s best-attended events each semester.) Please join us this semester during Happy Hours for as little or as long as your interests and schedules warrant. See the campus events calendar for upcoming dates.
Each February, the Serie Center hosts a faculty/staff party to acknowledge and celebrate our colleagues who have just earned tenure. Join us in this delightful ritual by raising your glass and toasting our newest tenured faculty.
Retired Faculty Events
Each semester the Serie Center welcomes retired faculty back to campus with lunch, morning coffees, and afternoon happy hours. Each gathering of old friends and colleagues highlights ongoing scholarly research by our retired colleagues or informal talks by current faculty.