Interdisciplinary Networking Committee Program

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Networked approach to starting your Lehigh Career 

All new faculty are invited to particpate in the Interdisciplinary Networking Committee mentoring program. Typically, pre-tenure colleagues opt in to this program which started in Fall 2011.  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 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 efforts.

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

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

The "Committee" looks like this, and relationships can grow in all directions. 

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, especially through the tenure decision stage.

See Skills and Topics for ideas for mentoring activities that you can tailor to your personal situation.

Gatherings: The INC program meets about three times a semester

2021-2022 INC Schedule

2020-2021 Schedule, via zoom

2019-2020 Schedule

Topics of prior Interdisciplinary Networking Committees sessions include:

  • Introduction to the INC program and expectations
  • Time management
  • The reappointment and tenure process
  • Writing personal statements
  • Giving an elevator pitch
  • Getting feedback in a sounding board model
  • Mentoring students, student advising

The original slide show summarizing the launch of the initiative provides additional insights into topics that could be the subject of needed guidance and suggests concrete steps networking committees could take.