Franklin & Marshall College faculty filled the Academy Room at Shadek-Fackenthal Library Oct. 11 to celebrate the launching of the College's new Faculty Center, an idea that has percolated on campus for more than a decade.
Located on the second floor of the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, the center was conceptualized as a locus for providing resources, mentoring, expertise and advice to help faculty navigate and capitalize on the growing body of knowledge about student learning. The center was among the strategic priorities of the College endorsed by the faculty and approved by the College's Board of Trustees last spring in the culmination of an inclusive strategic planning process that took place during the 2012-13 academic year.
"What you see today is a translation of an idea into action," said Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty Joseph Karlesky.
The center focuses on faculty development and is dedicated to offering pedagogical and research support, as well as building community through informal discussions, said Associate Professor of Anthropology Mary Ann Levine, who is serving as interim director. A search for a permanent director is under way.
"It's the realization of a long dream we've all had," Levine said. "The Faculty Center will give us more opportunity to grow, collaborate and fulfill the liberal arts mission."
To help fund the development of the center, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield dedicated his Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New President Grant, given to incoming presidents to use to advance initiatives at their colleges.