An important goal for the Serie Center is to support faculty across their time at Macalester. We do so through programs ranging from new faculty orientation to retired faculty gatherings. We aim to build community and create a sense of collegiality via programming, grant-supported activities, and informal gatherings and celebrations. Unless it is scheduled for a specific program, the Serie Center space is available to individuals or groups of faculty who wish to work or meet there. Feel free to consult the Serie Center’s google calendar, or contact anyone on the Serie Center staff, if you want to know if the space is available. [Please note that all Serie Center activities are being held remotely during Fall 2020]

Programs for New Faculty

  • New Faculty Orientation is designed to provide newly hired faculty with the most important and immediate information through a set of talks, seminars, and social occasions in August and January.
  • New Faculty Seminar All first-year tenure-track faculty members receive a course release to participate in the New Faculty Seminar, which meets weekly during lunch on Wednesday.

Mentoring Pre-tenure Faculty

“Connected Colleagues” is our pre-tenure faculty mentoring program that pairs new colleagues with a senior colleague from outside of their department. Please contact Serie Center Director Joan Ostrove ( for more information. 

We are working on a guide for department chairs with specific suggestions for mentoring pre-tenure faculty, and also for supporting visiting and non-tenure track faculty. The guide will be linked here when it is completed during the Spring of 2020.

The founder of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, Kerry Ann Rockquemore, wrote the following excellent essays about mentoring faculty:

Non-Tenure Track Colleagues

The Serie Center works closely with non-tenure track faculty to create programs that address the unique needs of this important faculty cohort. For more information about gatherings and activities designed specifically for non-tenure track faculty, please contact Paul Cantrell at or Sonia Mehta at

Academic Leadership Seminar

The Academic Leadership Seminar is designed to help mid-career (post-tenure) faculty to develop knowledge allowing them to become more engaged in institutional service, and to work more effectively as institutional leaders

Happy Hours

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 come together, meet new colleagues and visit with old friends. 


Each February, the Serie Center hosts a faculty/staff party to acknowledge and celebrate our colleagues who have just earned tenure. All are welcome.

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.