Faculty collaborate to break silos through March 29 networking event

March 26, 2019

By Jackie Todd, University Relations

Clemson’s faculty are high achievers. When there’s work to be done, classes to be taught and research to be explored, you can count on a Clemson faculty member to approach any task with laser-like precision.

But sometimes when people are so focused, it’s easy to unintentionally get caught up in those things we love to call silos. With that in mind, faculty members, who are part of the Watt Faculty Fellows Program, want to do something about it, so they created an event to inspire collaboration and networking. The Smash the Silos event will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. March 29 on the fourth-floor patio of the Watt Family Innovation Center.

“Our goal is to provide a networking opportunity that will best support bringing faculty and staff members from across the university together to discuss their commonalities and foster both research and teaching collaborations,” said Natalie Odom Pough, a lecturer in the department of teaching and learning.

Pough, along with Faculty Fellows team members Maria Bose, Brygg Ullmer, Melissa Vogel and Erica Walker, wants to capitalize on the vast areas of research offered by the university and hope to bring together a diverse group of faculty and staff with a variety of research and teaching interests.

The team has created a very short survey related to participants’ research interests. Take the survey here.

Pough said that while an RSVP isn’t required, the group would appreciate an email so that they can plan accordingly. Contact Pough at, Walker at or Bose at with any questions.


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