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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Fall 2017 Faculty Fellows, Dorothy J. Merritts (Harry W. & Mary B. Huffnagle Professor of Geosciences, Program Chair of Environmental Studies) and Bob Walter (Associate Professor of Geosciences) will develop a model for a cross disciplinary, thematic student-faculty think-tank. They will examine models at other schools and consult with interested faculty and students. Additionally, Bob and Dorothy will bring the framework of high impact teaching practices to the design of this think-tank.
Our Spring 2018 Faculty Center Fellow, Susan Dicklitch-Nelson (Professor of Government), will focus on 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). What kind of training do faculty have in these types of pedagogies? What kind of support structure does the college provide? How can the college establish incentives and what kind of support structures are needed for faculty to be able to include high-impact educational practices in their classes well? Susan will work with the Faculty Center to provide professional development opportunities for faculty interested in high-impact learning practices in Spring 2018.
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.
Past Faculty Center Leadership
2016 - 2017
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
Linda Aleci- Associate Professor of Art & Art History
Carolyn Faulkner - Assistant Professor of Sociology
Calvin Stubbins - Professor of Physics
2015 - 2016
Lee Franklin - Associate Professor of Philosophy
Project Focus: Discussion-c entered teaching methods
Peter Jaros - Assistant Professor of English
Cynthia Krom - Assistant Professor of Accounting and Organizations
Christina Weaver - Associate Professor of Mathematics
2014 - 2015
Mary Ann Levine - Associate Professor of Anthropology
Project Focus: Work / Life Balance
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
Mary Ann Levine - Associate Professor of Anthropology
Carol de Wet - Professor of Geosciences
Jaime Blair - Associate Professor of Biology
Giovanna Faleschini Lerner - Associate Professor of Italian
Katherine McClelland - Professor of Sociology
Ben McRee - Professor of History
Faculty Center Funding
"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."
F&M PRESIDENT DANIEL R. PORTERFIELD
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.
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!