Welcome to the Faculty Centers Advisory's past events timeline. Below, you can see information about all the events the FCA hosted during the 2012-2013 academic year. These events were instrumental in the collection of data and information, all of which helped the FCA in the writing of its report, which was submitted to the Provost's Office and put on eDisk for the faculty's review in early April. The information here is meant to provide a brief overview. Some events have their own individual pages, which provide more details and can be accessed by clicking the blue link. This timeline is organized chronologically, beginning in September, 2012. Thank you to those who participated in the FCA's events!
September 7, 2012: The FCA hosted its Kick Off Event in the Brooks Commons. The event unveiled the four centers (Smith College, Macalester College, Carleton College, and Hobart & William Smith Colleges) the FCA was using as models and they were presented to the faculty and staff in attendance. F&M's FPS was invited to give their feedback by posting their comments and reactions to the four centers. President Porterfield and Andrea Lommen, chair of the FCA, gave brief remarks. The event was a great success, giving the FCA its first insight into what the faculty at F&M wanted in its own faculty development center.
September 11-12, 2012: Susan Pliner, director of Hobart & William Smith Colleges' Teaching and Learning Center, joined the FCA for a two-day visit to discuss the programming and operation of her center and to share the strengths and weaknesses of operating a center open to both students and faculty. Her visit began on September 11 with an afternoon talk, where she discussed the center at HWS and fielded questions from F&M faculty in attendance. On Wednesday, September 12, she met with members of F&M's faculty and professional staff to discuss in more detail the programming and institutional support of HWS' Teaching and Learning Center.
October 12, 2012: Adrienne Christiansen, director of Macalester College's Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, visited F&M and met with the FCA and members of F&M's faculty and professional staff. Her day began with several small meetings with members of the F&M community, which was followed by a lunch open to all FPS members. At the lunch, she presented the Serie Center's faculty-centric programming model and fielded a handful of questions. Following the lunch, she held a debriefing session with the FCA.
October 17, 2012: The FCA participated in the October 17 Lunch on Learning, which gave those faculty in attendance the chance to give the FCA their feedback. The FCA presented the reactions it received during the Kick Off Event. This second "check-in" period was an excellent opportunity for the FCA to update the faculty on its progress and to elicit feedback, which helped in shaping the FCA's plan moving forward.
October 30, 2012: Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy, the FCA was forced to cancel Louis Newman's scheduled visit on October 30. As the director of Carleton College's Learning and Teaching Center, Louis Newman would have shared his insight and expertise with the FCA and the F&M faculty at large during a scheduled talk and a series of smaller meetings. The FCA was unable to reschedule the event.
November 12, 2012: Using the feedback from F&M's faculty and the consultants it hosted earlier in the semester, the FCA unveiled its first Proto-Model for F&M's Faculty Center. On November 12, the faculty presented the Proto-Model during a special lunch in the Academy Room open to all members of the College's faculty and professional staff. There, the FCA presented its findings and initial proposal in greater detail and listened to the reactions of those in attendance. Using the feedback it received, the FCA revised the Proto-Model and prepared a survey for the faculty.
November 26, 2012: In an effort to obtain more detailed input from the faculty, the FCA sent out a survey with a series of questions based on the feedback received at the Proto Model lunch. The FCA received a very satisfactory response rate. Those who completed the survey gave the FCA a much fuller view of where F&M's faculty stand on important matters regarding the Faculty Center. The analysis of the survey results—provided by F&M's Center for Opinion Research—directly shaped the final proposal.
February 5, 2013: After a long, satisfying winter break, the FCA held one final event to elicit feedback from the faculty before it prepared its final report. In an effort to highlight a potential programming perk of the future Faculty Center, the FCA hosted a "Happy Hour" in the Academy Room, where attendees could see the survey data first hand, ask questions, discuss their ideas with members of the FCA, and socialize with other members of the F&M community. The FCA used the information from this event to shape its final writing of the report, which was completed and submitted to the Provost's Office at the beginning of April.