Department Chairs Leadership Retreat
The New York Six Department Chairs Leadership Retreat is a biennial event that provides department chairs with an opportunity to explore topics such as the role of the chair, managing budgets, conducting faculty searches, running effective meetings, how to have difficult conversations, and more. New chairs are particularly encouraged to attend, but all department chairs are welcome. In May 2022, we held an in-person retreat at Minnowbrook Conference Center. The next retreat will be in 2024.
Early Career Faculty Workshop
In 2020, the New York Six launched a new biennial faculty development program with the goal of helping new faculty make the transition from graduate school and postdocs to their roles as faculty members. The workshop enables new faculty to cultivate a peer network across the Consortium; to get perspectives on pedagogy, scholarship, and other key issues from outside their home institution; to have time to reflect strategically on their career arc; and to build scholarly communities across multiple institutions.
The 2020 Workshop was held virtually, with a half-day session on Setting Strategic Goals, facilitated by Martin Wong, associate dean of faculty and associate professor of geology at Colgate University. The following day, a half-day workshop on Staying Balanced While Working Toward Your Goals was led by Lorraine Morales Cox, chair of the Department of Visual Arts and associate professor of visual arts at Union College.
Faculty Collaboration Seed Grants
The New York Six offers seed grant opportunities to encourage faculty members to develop new partnerships and academic collaborations. Seed grants of up to $2,000 are available to support up to six academic working groups per year. Faculty who are currently involved in or are interested in developing new academic collaborations are invited to submit proposals for funding to support their project.
Examples of recently funded projects include faculty writing retreats, development of shared teaching materials, and academic symposia. To be eligible for a New York Six Seed Grant, the project must include faculty from at least three of the Consortium member schools. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted using this form.
Faculty Development Programs
The New York Six Webinar Series complements campus-based faculty development initiatives by offering programs that address timely topics that cross institutional boundaries, such as the First-Year Experience, Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, and Equity in STEM.
In addition, the New York Six fosters connection by sponsoring discussion groups for faculty members with common interests and experiences. Discipline-based groups have included chemistry and physics, film and media studies, performing and visual arts, computer science, and philosophy.
NY6 faculty members with ideas for a webinar or discussion group should contact Amy Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org.