Winter Term Visitor Guidelines
Middlebury College divides its academic program into two twelve-week semesters in the Fall and Spring, and a four-week Winter Term in January.
During Winter Term, students take a single, intensive program of study. They may pursue internships or independent projects, or they may take one course of the more than one hundred courses offered each Winter Term. Most of these Winter Term courses are taught by regular Middlebury faculty, but more than two dozen courses each year are offered on a one-time basis by visiting winter term faculty. These visitors may be academics from other institutions, artists, or professionals in a variety of fields. Recent winter term visitors have included a lawyer, a journalist, a librarian, and a diplomat.
Winter Term courses may take a variety of forms. Some may resemble courses offered in the fall and spring semesters, while others are more experimental in format, involving elements such as guest lectures, field trips, or team-teaching. Please note that while some courses may resemble those offered during the fall and spring semester, prospective visitors should review courses in the Course Catalog to make sure their proposed course isn't comparable, otherwise the course may be denied. Winter Term courses are offered for credit and are generally graded A-F, just like fall and spring courses. Some satisfy major or distribution requirements, others do not. But all Winter Term courses are expected to be as rigorous and demanding as any other course offered at Middlebury College.
Winter Term courses meet for a minimum of eight contact hours per week. There is some flexibility in course scheduling, but the course must meet at least three times weekly, preferably four. If it meets only three times, they may not be three consecutive days. The intensive nature of Winter Term courses requires concentrated effort from students, and the more that effort can be distributed throughout the week, the better student performance is likely to be. It is expected that the material covered will be roughly equivalent to what might be covered in a twelve-week course.
The procedure for applying to teach a Winter Term course at Middlebury is as follows: potential visitors are asked to complete a Winter Term Course Proposal Form for Visiting Faculty and submit it along with a curriculum vitae, resume, or description of background and experiences relevant to the course you are proposing. Proposals are due on the first Friday in April. The deadline for Winter Term 2015 is Friday, April 4, 2014. It is our preference that proposals are submitted electronically, in a word document format. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Janis Audet, firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee, which is chaired by the Dean of Curriculum, Robert Cluss (email@example.com; 802-443-5025). Submission of a Winter Term course proposal does not guarantee approval. You are encouraged to contact Dean Cluss prior to submitting a proposal if you have any questions or would like to discuss possible topics. You may also find it helpful to visit our searchable course database to review Winter Term courses offered in the last year.
You will be notified of the Curriculum Committee's decision in June. If your course is approved, a salary will be stated at that time.