Pickup the FONE & Stay Connected

March 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

This past fall, we began a workshop series entitled, Faculty Outreach & Networking Events, or FONE for short.  Our intention was to share what we (and our colleagues) know about professional development and to give faculty a casual setting in which to network with peers, administrators, and maybe even potential collaborators. We invite STEM tenure-track and tenured faculty as well as administrators and staff they need to know (deans, research administration staff, librarians, etc.).

We designed these events, in part, to have more face time with the faculty.  We consider the FONE sessions to be our open office hours.  This allows us to talk to faculty in small groups or one-to-one and do an informal needs assessment.  We learn more about what issues are currently exciting or stressing them out, and are able then to continue to target our outreach efforts.

We host FONE once a month, three times per semester.


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  • 1. Heather Doty  |  March 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    This is a great idea. Approximately how many faculty members attend these events? I ask because I work for ADVANCE at the University of Delaware, and we tend to have a hard time getting faculty together because of their busy schedules. I really enjoy and value our “face time” with the faculty, but it happens so rarely! I’m wondering if something like what you’re doing might be feasible for us.

    Thanks for starting this blog. I stumbled onto it last week while searching for ADVANCE-related resources and have checked back frequently since then.

  • 2. advanceatbrown  |  March 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    We have about 10 – 20 faculty come to each event. It helps to have faculty allies (we have our PI) to call others personally and remind them the day of the event. Also, we encourage the faculty to bring a friend: a fellow colleague (men are welcome too!), grad student, etc. As another example, for one of our first events we had ADVANCE Career Development Award winners give a short 5 minute presentation on what they’d done with their awards. This brought more folks out, including department chairs who wanted to support their faculty.


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