Interdisciplinary Networking Committee Program

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Interdisciplinary Networking Committees:

Starting Fall 2011, all pre-tenure faculty new in AY 2010-11 and AY 2011-12 are invited to participate in the new initiative Interdisciplinary Networking Committees. Participants include faculty from all colleges, those working interdisciplinarily, and those focused in one discipline. This voluntary program is co-organized by Lehigh ADVANCE and the Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs.

The goals of this new approach to mentoring are:

•To provide helpful advice about developing relationships across campus and externally.
• To provide insight on career development at Lehigh.
• To offer a more robust networking program 
• To complement existing college and department mentoring programs.

Each new faculty member will be matched with a three-member networking committee comprised of:

•A member of the home department, someone with related research interests.
•Someone from a different department whose work aligns with the new faculty member’s research
interests if possible.
•Another junior faculty member member, from the home or a different department, also with related research interests if possible.

Some Tips for how INCs May Work

It is hoped that the networking groups (comprised of two junior and two tenured faculty, with the imbedded one-one match) provide an enhanced type of mentoring and networking through the tenure decision stage. See Skills and Topics for ideas for mentoring activities that you can tailor to your personal situation.

An informational slide show summarizing this new initiative provides additional insights into topics that could be the subject of needed guidance and suggests concrete steps networking committees could take.

Events Related to Interdisciplinary Networking Committees

September 20, 2011, Seminar for Mentors: Interdisciplinary Networking Committees. A summary of this introductory seminar is available.

October 26, 2012, Orientation for 2012-2013 INC Program.