This website brings together a variety of different support mechanisms on campus. It includes the names of specific faculty within each group that newer faculty can identify in order to tap into different support structures on campus. In addition to connecting with their peers, this website also serves as a resource for early career faculty to connect with tenured faculty who are willing to serve as points of contact on issues that newer faculty often face. Since one person cannot address all the needs of newer faculty, this website will provide various avenues of support for those who need it.
The Early Career Faculty group offers support to new faculty, particularly in the area of professional development.
The Faculty and Staff of Color Caucus focuses on ways to support underrepresented faculty and staff as they advance their careers at the college
The Scholarly Women’s Achievement Group provides support to women faculty who want to meet specific goals in their research.
The Science Teaching and Learning Group gathers on a biweekly basis to discuss issues of teaching, especially in the Sciences.
The Committee to Foster Foreign Language Study gathers several times each semester to discuss shared issues that relate to the support and health of foreign languages at Grinnell.
Faculty Supporting Faculty is a group of senior (tenured and other Associate Professor rank) faculty who have agreed to serve as extra-departmental advisors for new and early faculty.
Other Institutional Support
Grants Office (http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/cfgrelations)
The Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations gives support and advice at many levels—from early brainstorming to final grant submission for faculty seeking outside support for scholarship and major curricular development.
Dean of the College (http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/dean)
The Dean, the two Associate Deans, and associated support staff provide assistance to faculty in numerous ways. If you don’t know who to contact, the Dean’s Office is a good place to start. In addition to the Dean’s main page, don’t miss the page of Dean responsibilities (http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/dean/staff/deanduties) and the Dean’s staff responsibilities (http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/dean/staff/deanstaff).
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/diversity)
The Diversity Office supports a wide range of diversity efforts to recruit a wide variety of people—students, faculty, and staff—to campus and develop a campus environment conducive to retention of a diverse community.
Group Contact Information
The Early Career Faculty Group Group
The Early Career Faculty group meets regularly to discuss issues relating to successfully navigating the establishment of an academic career. With programs that address needs for both tenure-track and term faculty, they are viewed by many junior faculty as a safe group to air concerns and worries about early career issues. In addition to supporting each other as non-tenured faculty, they seek guidance from tenured faculty members, administrators, and other Grinnell College staff members. The group also organizes opportunities for early career faculty to socialize as well as several ad hoc working groups on specific issues of concern.
Contacts (conveners of the group):
The Faculty and Staff of Color Caucus is a group of staff and faculty who provide collegial support to one another through activities that encourage community building, fellowship, resource sharing, professional development, collaboration, and advocacy. The group encourages and supports Grinnell's stated commitment to diversity and equity and works in coalition with other members of the campus to create a climate where all of its members can thrive.
The Scholarly Women’s Achievement Group (SWAG)
In order to enhance and promote women¹s scholarly achievement at Grinnell College, SWAGS (Scholarly Women's Achievement Groups) were created. Each SWAG consists of a few (3-5) women faculty, who help each other 1) develop career goals for our scholarship and 2) identify short-term tactics for achieving those goals. The purpose of the groups is to provide practical, tactical support to each other for making our scholarship a priority in the context of our other professional and personal obligations. The aim is not to critique each other¹s scholarship, but to help each member articulate concrete objectives for scholarly production, and to set and meet practical goals towards those objectives. The small groups meet 4-5 times a year at times arranged by each group.
The Science Teaching and Learning Group
The Science Teaching and Learning Group (STaLG) is an open discussion group that has been meeting regularly for a number of years. Our goal is to provide a place where science faculty from all disciplines, as well as others involved in science education at Grinnell, can come together for informal conversations, brainstorming and strategy-sharing on a variety of topics in science teaching and learning. We generally have a mix of faculty and staff with a range of experience with students both in and out of the classroom to contribute their perspective on issues ranging from the very practical, such as syllabus design and exam writing, to broader pedagogical questions, such as what it means to have an inclusive classroom environment and approaches to teaching writing in the sciences.
The Committee to Foster Foreign Language Study
The Committee for the Fostering of Foreign Language Study (CFFLS) is made up of all members of the foreign languages and literatures departments (Chinese and Japanese, Classics, French and Arabic, German, Russian, and Spanish) and the Director of the ALSO program. CFFLS meets a minimum of three times per semester and members discuss issues pertaining to foreign-language pedagogy, teaching literature in translation, teaching with new technologies, off-campus study, and opportunities for students of foreign languages and literatures (majors and non-majors alike) during their studies at the college and after graduation.
Faculty Supporting Faculty