Nydia Manos, recently of Goucher College in the Baltimore area, on Nov. 6 joined Franklin & Marshall College's Faculty Center as operations coordinator. In that role, Manos will work closely with Interim Director Mary Ann Levine, associate professor of anthropology, to spread the word about the center, which opened in October, and to plan events and activities to further the professional development of F&M faculty.
Manos, a Maryland native, has 10 years' experience in a similar setting at Goucher, where she received her B.A. in communication and media studies in 2006. At Goucher she worked as a student assistant in the graduate office until she graduated. She then became the senior operations manager for graduate programs, and moved on to the role of digital media specialist within Goucher's Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
In this interview, part of an occasional feature called "Three Questions," Manos discusses the center, located on the third floor of Shadek-Fackenthal Library, her position, and some of things she hopes to help accomplish in the center's first year.
What is your role as operations coordinator of the Faculty Center?
I'm essentially going to be, at least for the next year or so, the face of the Faculty Center since Mary Ann is also a professor and has another office, so she'll be teaching class often. So I'm here to keep the door open, to greet people, to organize events, and to help physically put the center together. Right now, for example, we're creating a catalogue of print materials and teaching and learning resources.
How much of this position will you be creating on your own?
I expect this position and the center will grow organically, especially as we do more events and figure out what people respond to best, and figure out what faculty need and what faculty want. I came from a center that was similar, but more technology oriented. It didn't really matter that we planned events, the students, faculty and staff really chose and planned what events and what direction they wanted to go. So we hope everyone attends the daily coffee hour from 8:30 to 9:30. I expect that will be pretty popular because everyone likes to come and have coffee and socialize. And then I expect the rest of the events and organization will grow pretty organically.
What do you want to accomplish in the first year of the center?
I think establishing ourselves as a resource. That's a very general thing, but we're in sort of a corner here in this new space so I don't expect everyone knows where we are yet so establishing where we are is probably the most important thing we do.