NETWORKING

One of the great things about a small college is that your contacts will not be limited to your department. But still, it can take some time to meet other people and to find the folks who seem most congenial to you. The longer you're here, the better a sense you'll have of exactly who can help you with one problem or another or to whom you'd most like to turn to talk about some new project. Here are some of the ways to make connections. Work these networks!

First-Year Preceptorial: Besides an interesting, challenging teaching experience, one of the great things about FP is that you'll be working with 20 or more other faculty, all of whom are confronting the challenge of teaching one of our most important and challenging courses. The staff meetings will introduce you to a wide variety of faculty from across the campus.

E-mail: The address of the faculty e-mail distribution list (which goes to all faculty plus relevant administrative staff) is: faculty_dist@knox.edu. The address of the distribution list for both faculty and staff is: facstaff_dist@knox.edu .  For individual email addresses, check the college directory online at http://www.knox.edu/directory/

Faculty Development Program: The Faculty Development Program sponsors a variety of discussions, talks, and workshops relating to a wide variety of professional activities. Besides the obvious benefits of contributing to and learning from these sessions, they're a good way to meet other faculty, and to find people who share your interests.

Fridays at Four
: Twice a term faculty present their current research or creative work.  This is a great way to hear about what colleagues are doing.

Interdisciplinary programs: (e.g., Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, Gender and Women's Studies): If you're interested in any of these programs, contact the chair. These programs are open to adding new members, and it's another way you might find common ground with folks outside your department.

Eating Collective: Watch the e-mail towards the beginning of each term for an announcement about eating collectives. These are ad hoc groups that meet together for dinner once a week or so. Again, a good way to mix it up, and these groups include staff as well as faculty.

Work out: If you're into exercising, check out the gym and fieldhouse at noontime. You'll find other folks running, playing basketball, working out, swimming, etc. You can use the faculty distribution list to find a tennis partner, etc. The College's Wellness Coordinator contacts faculty and staff on a regular basis with opportunities for exercise, stress reduction, and other health-related matters.

Caxton Club: The English Department sponsors a series of presentations during the year, often on Friday afternoons. The presentations focus on "literature" (very broadly defined). It's a nice event to attend, and if your own work seems appropriate, you can talk to the English Department about the possibility of contributing a presentation yourself.

Other campus events: There are lots of other campus events that give you a chance to meet other people (in addition, of course, to soaking up whatever is being offered): art openings, music performances, theatre productions, club events, candidate talks, etc.

Faculty meetings: One of the more exotic events you'll attend. (When these look normal, you'll know you've finished being oriented!) Make a point of sitting next to someone who's been here awhile for the first several months, so you can whisper questions during the meeting and get a de-briefing afterwards.

Committee work: First-year faculty are not asked to serve on any standing committees of the faculty, but you'll probably be appointed to one in your second year. (When the preference sheet comes around in the spring, you might want to ask others for information about the different committees do.) These are a great way to contribute to the life of the college (and to effect changes in which you are interested). They're also another good way to meet people with whom you might not otherwise cross paths. You may find kindred souls where you least expect them. . . Besides standing committees, there are many ad hoc groups that spring up in the course of the year to work on one project or another. Don't feel obliged to say "yes" to everything you're asked to join, but do look out for those where you have a strong interest in contributing.