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The Faculty Center at Franklin & Marshall College focuses on faculty development and is specifically dedicated to offering pedagogical and research support as well as building community through informal interaction. As the faculty implements a new general education curriculum, investigates new models for advising, and carries out the College's strategic priorities, the time is right for the Faculty Center to flourish. 

The Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Shadek-Fackenthal Library and is available to faculty members according to the operating hours of the library.  The Center is generally staffed weekdays between the hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm, and our phone number is 717-358-5953.  General inquiries about the Faculty Center can be sent to: 

Please note that during some events, the Faculty Center will not be available for drop-in visits. Check our calendar for dates and times when use of the Center will be restricted during these scheduled events. A daily schedule will also be posted on the door of the Center.  





 Faculty Center Staff

Our Faculty Center full-time staff includes Director, Amy Mulnix and Operations Coordinator, Cindy Wingenroth.  Additionally, a Faculty Center Fellow, selected from the faculty, serves for a one-year term. The Faculty Fellow receives a course release for the year and uses that time to coordinate a special project alligned with current Faculty Center initiatives.  

Our 2018-19 Faculty Fellow is Gretchen Meyers.  Her project will focus on the development of institutional support and mentoring programs for faculty at mid-career. A number of recent studies of faculty at US universities and colleges suggests in the years post-tenure, many faculty members face diverse (and unanticipated) challenges, including:  increased service and advising commitments, development of new research in an often more competitive market for funding, and a need to balance and develop new skill sets for faculty leadership roles in the areas of scholarship, teaching and service. Meyers' project will assess the specific needs of mid-career faculty at F&M, investigate the types of structures and support in place at other institutions and devise ongoing programming for the Faculty Center in this area.


	As the newly named director of Franklin & Marshall College's Faculty Center, Amy Mulnix, professor of biology and associate academic dean at Earlham College, will begin her duties July 1. (Photo courtesy of Earlham College) 
Faculty Center Director

Amy Mulnix




  • Cindy Wingenroth
Operations Coordinator

Cindy Wingenroth





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Faculty Center Fellow 

Gretchen Meyers





Faculty Center Advisory Board

The Faculty Center is guided by an Advisory Board, which provides  general oversight and direction for programming.  In addition to the Faculty Center Director and Faculty Center Fellow, the board includes a representative from each division of the F&M faculty, one of whom also serves as the junior faculty representative.  

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics Jessica Cox and sophomore Lilian Rodriguez talk with an attendee of the 35th annual San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival.
Jessica Cox

Department of Spanish

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Pablo Jenik

Department of Biology


  • Kibler spent 15 years researching and writing "Censoring Racial Ridicule," inspired by research she conducted for her first book, "Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville."
M. Alison Kibler

Department of American Studies / Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Past Faculty Center Leadership


Faculty Fellow - Spring 2018

Susan Dicklitch-NelsonProfessor of Government

Project Focus:   High-impact experiential learning practices at F&M including community-based learning, internships for credit, diversity/global learning, and innovative pedagogies like Reacting to the Past (RTTP)

Faculty Fellow - Fall 2017

Dorothy Merritts - Professor of Geosciences

Robert Walter - Associate Professor of Geosciences 

Project Focus:  Develop a model of a cross-disciplinary, thematic student/faculty think tank

Advisory Board

Matthew Butterfield - Associate Professor of Music

Janet Fischer - Professor of Biology

Nicole Jones Young - Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

2015 - 2016

Faculty Fellow

Lee Franklin - Associate Professor of Philosophy

Project Focus:  Discussion-c entered teaching methods

Advisory Board

Peter Jaros - Assistant Professor of English

Cynthia Krom - Assistant Professor of Accounting and Organizations 

Christina Weaver - Associate Professor of Mathematics​



Interim Director

Mary Ann Levine - Associate Professor of Anthropology 

Associate Director

Carol de Wet - Professor of  Geosciences

Advisory Board

Jaime Blair - Associate Professor of Biology

Giovanna Faleschini Lerner - Associate Professor of Italian

Katherine McClelland - Professor of Sociology

Ben McRee - Professor of History

2016 - 2017  

Faculty Fellow

Kate Plass - Associate Professor of Chemistry

Project Focus:  Leveraging F&M’s culture of high-quality scholarship to improve inclusivity, as well as cognitive psychology-based teaching methods

Advisory Board

Linda AleciAssociate Professor of Art & Art History

Carolyn Faulkner - Assistant Professor of Sociology

Calvin Stubbins - Professor of Physics







2014 - 2015  

Associate Director 

Mary Ann Levine - Professor of Anthropology

Project Focus:  Work / Life Balance

Advisory Board

Lynn Brooks Professor of Humanities and Dance

Amelia Rauser - Associate Professor of Art History

Matt Schousen - Professor of Government

Allison Troy - Assistant Professor of Psychology




"It is exciting to see this national recognition of our faculty’s excellence, and to receive such enthusiastic support for one of the College's highest strategic priorities: enhancing our extraordinary teaching and learning tradition and fueling knowledge, discovery and artistic creation."



Planning and Evaluating

Work on the Faculty Center began in the Spring of 2012, with visits by members of the Assessment Fellows to Faculty Centers around the country. In the summer of 2012, the Faculty Center Advisory Group was formed to carry on this work. The Advisory Group included:

  • Lynn Brooks, Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and Dance
  • Jerome Hodos, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Andrea Lommen, Associate Professor of Astronomy
  • John Modern, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Rick Moog, Professor of Chemistry
  • Fred Owens, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology

A Kick Off Event was held in September of that year, with information on centers at Carleton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Macalester College, and Smith College. Discussion continued throughout the Fall of 2012, including a Lunch on Learning and visits to our campus by the directors of two of the centers: Susan Pliner (Hobart and William Smith) and Adrienne Christiansen (Macalester). The Advisory Group's work culminated with an on-line survey of faculty response to several different faculty center models and the final proposal presentation in the Spring of 2013.  



  • Original Faculty Center Advisory Group
  • Faculty Center construction
  • Faculty Center Seating area

	Mary Ann Levine, interim director of the Franklin & Marshall College Faculty Center, on Oct. 11 welcomes members of the F&M faculty to a reception marking the opening of the center. The reception was held in the Academy Room of the library. During the event, Levine gave tours of the center, which is on the second floor of the library, to smaller groups of faculty and professional staff. (Photo by Eric Forberger)
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  • Faculty Center Mellon Grant Award
  • Director, Amy Mulnix, shows off the first anniversary cake!
  • Faculty Center First Anniversary Celebration Cake
Turning Concept into Reality

Oversight of the Faculty Center's development shifted to the newly appointed leadership:

  • Interim Director - Mary Ann Levine, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Associate Director - Carol de Wet,        Dr. E. Paul and Frances H. Reiff Professor of Geosciences
  • Advisory Board - Jaime Blair,      Associate Professor of Biology
  • Advisory Board - Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, Associate Professor of Italian
  • Advisory Board - Katherine McClelland, Professor of Sociology
  • Advisory Board - Ben McRee, Professor of History

Plans for the physical space moved forward, with construction occurring during the summer of 2013, transforming the southeast corner of the 2nd floor of Shadek-Fackenthal Library into the new center.  Furnishings and materials began arriving, and on October 7, 2013, the Faculty Center was officially launched.

Hiring staff, developing programs, and securing ongoing funding became the next priorities, and the Faculty Center team met with success on all fronts.  A full-time Operations Coordinator position was established, and, after a national search, our first full-time Director was hired.  The Faculty Center calendar quickly filled with weekly events, and key grant proposals were positively received.   


Celebrating our Inaugural Year 

"It's the realization of a long dream we've all had.  The Faculty Center will give us more opportunity to grow, colalborate and fulfill the liberal arts mission."  - Mary Ann Levine, Interim Director of the Faculty Center

F&M faculty and staff gathered in October 2014 to celebrate the completion of the Faculty Center's inaugural year.  

By working hand-in-hand with our many campus partners in programming - the Offices of the Provost and Dean, College Grants, Counseling Services, International Programs, ITS, Library, Ware Center for Civic Engagement, Writing Center, Writer's House, Philips Museum -  the Faculty Center was able to offer a wide array of programs to address the varied professional development needs of our faculty.

In addition to our daily coffee hours, we held 32 events during the 2013-14 academic year. At the end of our inaugural year, we were thrilled to have recorded over 1000 faculty visits during the 8 months of programming ! 

F&M faculty have demonstrated how much they truly value, and make use of, our Faculty Center.  Through the vision and efforts of our early leadership, we are positioned to continue to experience tremendous growth in programming and look forward to a bright future!