Resources for Chairs & Directors

New Faculty Gatherings are a series of monthly lunches/cocktail hours held during your first few years on the KU faculty designed to introduce you to practices and resources that will help you to be successful in your faculty role. Topics will include things like cultivating a network of mentors and peer mentors, designing courses so they focus on active learning, connecting undergraduates to research opportunities, selecting service opportunities that are right for you and your academic career stage, opportunities for service learning and engaged scholarship, helping students in crisis, preparing for the promotion and tenure process, and more.

We hope that these gatherings are not only useful in terms of their content, but also help you to foster connections across campus with your faculty peers in a variety of disciplines.

If you have an idea or a need, please share it with any of us in the Faculty Development Office! 

Please hold the dates and times listed below!  Additional gatherings may be scheduled and announced via email throughout the year. Specific topics and speakers will be announced via invitations sent prior to each session.

Fall 2017
Establishing a Supportive Networkclick event title to register before Friday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11:30-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Alumni Center, Bruckmiller Room

Come learn more about resources that can help you develop a supportive mentor network, foster habits that enable writing and research productivity, and maintain a full and healthy life off campus. 

This session will feature first-hand stories and experiences from KU faculty regarding their use of KU’s membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Fall Faculty Writing Groups – click event title to learn more and register

Groups begin meeting the week of Sept. 4.

Do you have trouble prioritizing your own writing? Do you want a place to talk and think about your writing? Do you want feedback on your writing? Join a faculty writing group!

The KU Writing Center will be offering two writing groups for faculty this fall. The groups will be facilitated by the Graduate Writing Specialist and by the Associate Director. Groups will meet every other week in Anschutz 421.

Group members will offer planned or spontaneous feedback to one another’s writing. Occasionally, members may choose to use the meeting time to write.


The Merc Coop Kaw Valley Wineries Afternoon Bus Tour – click event title to learn more and get tickets

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:30-3:00 p.m. (lunch provided with registration fee)

The Merc does a wine tour in the Fall every year. A bus will pick you up at the Merc (9th & Iowa), you will visit 2 wineries with tastings and a Merc box lunch, and return to Merc.

Josh Bolick (fall 2015) and Aimee Wilson (fall 2016) will be hosting any new KU faculty who register to join this community event.  Join in to meet Josh, Aimee, and other new faculty and get a little local culture!

These do sell out, so if you’re interested, get your tickets soon!

Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Alumni Center, Summerfield Room


Thursday, November 16, 2017
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Centennial Room


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
4:00 –5:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room

Spring 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018
11:30–1:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room


Thursday, February 15, 2018
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room


Monday, March 12, 2018
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room


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