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Lifelong Learning

Our intellects need creative and stimulating mental activities.  An intellectually healthy person takes advantage of opportunities to expand their knowledge and to improve skills.  Benefits include heightened problem solving, creativity, and learning.  People find that they have more time to pursue personal interests and to explore new ideas (UC-Berkely Living Well).

Middlebury Programs

Faculty Professional Development Fund
This fund supports a wide variety of faculty activities, including research expenses, travel to research sites, professional conferences and workshops, pedagogical and course development, additional training, and purchase of materials needed for teaching and research.

Continuing Education Fund
This fund is available for staff who are interested in continuing their personal and/or professional development. Through this fund, Middlebury College provides support to eligible staff who wish to enroll in a degree-granting or certificate-granting program, or who wish to enroll in a credit-bearing course or class from an accredited program or institution.

Staff Development Fund
This fund is available to help support job-related training that is required for the job or that is directly related to enhancing job skills and professional development.

Middlebury College Arts
The visual and performing arts are fundamentally important to the life and culture of our College. The college's support of the Performing Arts Series allows us to enhance Middlebury's curriculum and ignite cultural and creative exploration by facilitating intimate connections with visiting artists and scholars for both the campus and community.

Speaker Series and Symposia
Annual symposia such as the Clifford Symposium and robust speaker series in almost every department and program offer you innumerable opportunities to hear and learn from guest speakers.  Middlebury's Calendar of Events is the best way to keep track of each day's offerings.

Staff Council Learning Lunches
An occasional series to learn about topics of interest over your lunch hour.

Reading Groups
There are periodic offerings announced to the college community inviting participation in a variety of faculty and staff book groups.  One current series is a Race and Ethnicity Reading Group offered through our Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Other things to list on this page could include training sessions & workshops as offered, highlighting the speaker series funded by one of the Sloan mini-grants, and the Academic Roundtable Series mentioned in the Accelerator Plan.

Work/Life Balance Readings

  • Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less, by Marc Lesser
  • Slow is Beautiful, by Cecile Andrews
  • Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry, by Arthur Zajonc
  • Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America, by John DeGraaf

Resource Websites

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Take Back Your Time

The Simplicity Forum