CRN and Support Circle
The Coaching and Resource Network (CRN) was formally announced in May 2019 and became operative in fall 2019. The CRN is not a typical mentoring program focused on advice and guidance for research or grant writing. It is intended to provide broader support for faculty who may be isolated, face challenges that cannot be typically shared within the department or college for fear of retaliation, and who need encouragement and the confidence to succeed. Success of faculty, especially women and underrepresented faculty, is central to the mission of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. The CRN continues with addition of five new members in fall 2020.
In the summer of 2020, as restrictions related to COVID-19 continued and the decision to open campus (with clear rules on social distancing and proper face coverings) was made, faculty members expressed concerns and anxiety and stress continues to grow. In an effort to mitigate such stress, the Center is announcing a new flexible and informal initiative called Support Circle which complements the CRN. SBBCLE-Support Circle will be available in fall 2020.