Lafayette taking leadership role in fostering a community for non-tenure-track faculty across institutions
The Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education has recognized Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) as a 2020 Delphi Award finalist for its work to provide professional development and foster a sense of community for non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF).
LVAIC is a consortium of six member colleges around the Lehigh Valley, including Lafayette College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College. Over the last year, LVAIC organized several networking events, a community book read, virtual learning opportunities, and small group discussions around a variety of topics to help NTTF build connections and network.
Tracie Addy, associate dean of teaching and learning at Lafayette, has been a leader in developing this community and submitted the application on LVAIC’s behalf.
“The development of our non-tenure-track faculty consortial community started as a clear need as well as an opportunity,” Addy says. “It came from a need to support the NTTF within our institutions, and an opportunity to collaborate as a consortium to make such efforts possible. We are grateful to the Pullias Center for Higher Education for recognizing our work and of course for the engagement of the NTTF with whom we partner.”