Affinity Networks bring together individuals with shared interests and expertise to explore new ideas that impact how we work and teach. These groups create a supportive environment to advance new research methodologies, teaching excellence, community engagement, or professional development across our college.
All CHS staff and faculty are encouraged to join or establish Affinity Networks. The ability of CHS to achieve and maintain excellence in teaching, research and community service depends on our work together, and participation in teams and networks is one valuable way to accomplish those goals.
Affinity Networks can be small or large, with some limited funding resources commensurate with proposed scope (faculty salary support is NOT provided).
- Groups may apply to become an official Affinity Network through the biannual application cycle. Connect with Al Haddad or Deborah Williams to discuss any questions about the application process. Additional application information can be found below, including submission deadlines, templates and guiding resources.
- Become part of an existing affinity network. Below is a list of our current affinity networks; we invite you to explore their mission and scope statements to see which one you might want to work with, and then reach out to the leads listed below to see how you can get involved.
The Training Affinity Network is available for all your student, faculty, and staff training related needs.
The Research Participants Registry and Database Affinity Network provide access to the research participants registry. This is an internal site for researchers who want to post their projects to the registry.
Collaborative Clusters, or groups of networks with shared interests, meet each semester to foster linkages, share resources, and generate new ideas. To learn more and find out how to participate, email Al Haddad or Deborah Williams.
Propose a new Affinity Network
Any faculty or staff member can submit a proposal to create a new Affinity Network.
Applications will be reviewed biannually (April, October). Proposals are reviewed and approved by a standing committee, initiative leadership, and the dean of CHS.
Spring application and budget requests deadline: April 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Fall application deadline (network approval only-no funding): Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
Affinity Networks complete an Annual Report each year to update the dean and provost on accomplishments and deliverables. Below is the template for this report.
Annual Reporting Template (MS Word)