Making appointments with Writing Faculty

<p>To Meet with Writing Program Faculty</p>To Meet With Writing Program Faculty and staff, you'll want to plan ahead when possible and schedule appointments with us via our computer based scheduling system, AccuTrack. The student workers or faculty or staff in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR) can show you how to do this, or you can use the online link at the Writing Center website Scheduling usually happens a few days in advance, but sometimes students find last minute openings. Some students schedule weeks ahead to ensure that they get the help they need on a particular paper.

If we have no openings in AccuTrack that fit your schedule, feel free to email Jennifer Bates( or Mary Ellen Bertolini (, or  Catharine Wright ( (Catharine Wright is available W15 & S15 only), to inquire about alternate times. Sometimes we can create alternate times and/or accommodate last minute requests. You may try one or all of us.

It is very acceptable to meet with two different tutors, at different stages in the writing process, on the same paper (professional then peer, peer then peer, peer then professional).

If we are unable to meet with you on a particular paper due to scheduling/time constraints, we urge you to work with a Peer Writing Tutor during their drop-in hours in the CTLR from 7:30 p.m.- midnight, Sunday-Thursday evenings. Peer Writing Tutors, also, hold drop-in hours in all five Commons. Find the most current the hours and locations here.


Sessions with peer writing tutors  usually run about 30 minutes per student.

Patrocinio Rios


Doctor en Filología Románica por la Universidad de Salamanca.
Licenciado en Filología Románica por la Universidad de Salamanca.

- Lutero y los protestantes en la literatura española desde 1868
. Editorial Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
- El reformador Unamuno y los protestantes españoles. Editorial Clie, Terrassa, (Barcelona).
-Numerosos trabajos en revistas como Grial, Revista Agustiniana, Religión y Cultura, Revista de Literautra, Diálogo Ecuménico, Ilu: Revista de Ciencias de la Religión, Hispania Sacra, Anales de Historia Contemporaria(Universidad de Murcia),etc.


Imparte cursos en el programa de Middlebury en España desde 1996. Entre ellos:
-Escritores representativos del grupo del '98
-Amor y literatura: de Zorrilla a Valle-Inclán
-Relato breve de los siglos XIX y XX
-Novela realista del siglo XIX
También participa en la Escuela Española de verano en Middlebury College en Vermont.

Appeal Procedures

a. Appeal of Non-reappointment

i. Grounds for Appeal
A faculty member who has received notice of non-reappointment may appeal that judgment on the basis of either procedural errors or violation of academic freedom that may have influenced the academic department or program, and/or the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee, and/or the president.

ii. Procedures for All Appeals
The faculty member must notify the secretary of the Appeals Council of intent to appeal in writing within 10 days of receipt of notification of non-reappointment.

The secretary informs the vice president for Academic Affairs / dean of the faculty (VPAA/DOF) and the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee of the intent to appeal.

The faculty member must submit his or her appeal and the grounds for the appeal (academic freedom or procedural error) to the secretary of the Appeals Council within 20 days after receipt of notification of non-reappointment.

The Appeals Council will select an Appeal Committee to evaluate the grounds of the appeal. The Appeal Committee does not reconsider or judge the reappointment decision itself, which remains the charge of the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee and the president. The Appeal Committee will be composed of three members of the Appeals Council. In no case will a member of the Appeal Committee be a member of the appellant's department or someone who was involved in the reappointment review in another capacity.

The appellant is informed of the composition of the Appeal Committee by the secretary of the Appeals Council, and may request, for good cause, within a week of notification, that any member selected be disqualified from serving on the committee. Individual panel members may also request, for good cause, such disqualification. The Appeals Council decides on the validity of any such requests.

The Appeal Committee meets with the appellant, the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee, and with any other persons it deems appropriate over the course of its investigation of the appeal. The Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee explains to the Appeal Committee the procedures followed in arriving at its recommendation and the reasons for the recommendation. The president explains to the Appeal Committee the procedures followed in reaching his/her decision and the reasons for the decision. The committee has access to all written documents pertaining to the reappointment decision. The contents of those documents, and all other substantive matters pertaining to the committee's investigation, are held strictly confidential. The burden of proof rests with the faculty member. At the conclusion of the investigation, the chair of the Appeal Committee submits the committee's findings, in writing, to the president, members of the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee, the VPAA/DOF, and the appellant. The appellant may request meetings with the Appeal Committee before its investigation begins and at its conclusion.

The Appeals Council will inform the appellant of its findings within 60 days of the date the appeal was submitted to the Council. In the case of an appeal submitted after April 15, the Appeals Council may determine that the appeal will be considered at the beginning of the subsequent fall. In such cases, the Appeals Council will inform the appellant of its findings within 60 days of the beginning of the fall term, no later than November 10.

iii. Appeal on the Grounds of Violation of Academic Freedom
If the Appeal Committee concludes that the appeal on grounds of a violation of academic freedom lacks adequate  foundation, the president will dismiss the appeal.

If the Appeal Committee concludes that there are grounds for appeal on the basis of academic freedom, the president will notify the Board of Trustees and ask that the board conduct a hearing.

The board designates one of its standing committees, or appoints a committee, to hold the hearing. The hearing will be conducted in a manner that will afford the faculty member fair opportunity to present his or her case and to permit the committee to inquire into it. Should the faculty member so request, a portion of the hearing will be conducted with the president not present. The VPAA/DOF will remain present throughout the appeal and maintain a record of the proceedings. The decision of the trustees is final.

If the final decision is to reject the appeal, the non-reappointment of the faculty member will stand, and the president will so inform the appellant. If the decision is to uphold the appeal, reappointment will be offered to the faculty member on terms no less favorable than the terms of his or her current appointment.

iv. Appeal on the Grounds of Procedural Error
If the Appeal Committee concludes that there are grounds for an appeal on the basis of procedural errors, the chair of the Appeal Committee will direct the relevant parties to correct all of the errors cited in its report within a specified timeline, and will direct the parties to notify the chair in writing when the procedural errors have been corrected. The Appeal Committee's findings with regard to matters of procedure are binding on all parties. When notification of all corrections has been submitted to the Appeal Committee, the chair of the Committee will forward this information to the president, the VPAA/DOF, and the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee. The VPAA/DOF will then charge the committee that made the original recommendation with reconsidering its recommendation while avoiding procedural violations. If the Appeal Committee determines that a procedural error occurred, but was immaterial to the outcome of the review, the fact that an error occurred is not in itself grounds for upholding the appeal. The Appeal Committee may note the error in its report, but conclude that it does not warrant a reconsideration of the recommendation.

If after reconsideration as the result of an appeal the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee recommends reappointment, the president will reconsider his/her decision.

If the Appeal Committee concludes that the appeal on the grounds of procedure lacks adequate foundation, the Appeal Committee will dismiss the appeal. Upon completion of its deliberations, the Appeal Committee will prepare a confidential report to be used by future appeal committees summarizing the nature of each proposed procedural error and the Committee's decision. All information identifying individuals or departments will be excluded from the report. Copies of the section of the handbook on the rules of appointment and tenure from the year of the appeal will be filed with the report.


Student & Faculty Research

Students and faculty in the computer science department are very active in research. There are numerous new and ongoing student-faculty research projects, independent projects, and group projects. Students present their work at different research forums, both on-campus and off-campus, and there are several faculty research projects with active student participation.

Current on-going faculty research projects involving regular student participation include:

  • The MiddGuard Project led by Christopher Andrews.  The project aims to develop a flexible web framework for synchronous and asynchronous collaborative visual analytics tools. The framework supports the creation of generic and specialized models and views that can be combined by the analyst into a customized analytic workspace.
  • The MiddROVR project led by Amy Briggs and Daniel Scharstein.


Computer science students have also been very successful in programming competitions.

Professor and students look at effects of landscape on pollinators

Helen Young (Biology) and her students have recently been exploring the effects of landscape on pollinator: How does the presence of forest around a field affect the number and diversity of bee pollinators? What about corn fields? Or roads and rivers and cities? This work has strong relevance in Addison County, an area heavily reliant on agriculture for its well-being. Once the researchers know what influences pollinator abundance, they will be able to include this information in city and county planning, and help farmers maintain (or even increase) their crop yield for insect pollinated crops.

Faculty member's essay appears in book on Schubert studies

Larry Hamberlin had an essay included in a book of Schubert studies published by Ashgate Press in the fall.

In the spring, Hamberlin presented papers at the Experience Music Project's pop music conference in Seattle and at the conference Feminist Music and Theory in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

He is active on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society for American Music, and he's on the program committee for the society's 2010 annual meeting, as well as chair of the selection committee for the society's award for the year's best book about American music.

Faculty and students collaborate to create Web site on South China Sea

The Web site was started in 1998 by David Rosenberg, a professor of Political Science at Middlebury, as a student-faculty collaborative research project. It has developed into a five-star online resource for students, scholars and policy-makers interested in South China Sea regional economic, environmental, and security issues.

Spanish Summer Language School acts as catalyst to create online journal

In the summer of 2003, Miguel Fernandez, Middlebury Class of 1985 and a professor of Spanish at the College, ran into Mark Del Mastro with whom he had studied at Middlebury in Madrid, in the master's program in 1988. Del Mastro, a professor at The Citadel, was teaching at the Language School. There they met Juan Pablo Spicer-Escalant, who teaches at Utah State and was the designated director for the new Middlebury program in Guadalajara. Discussions among the three led to the development and launching of "Decimononica," an online, international, refereed journal on nineteenth-century Hispanic cultural production. The journal has had more than 25,000 visitors and has become one of the leading journals in its field.

Professor named co-editor of 'Math Horizons'

Steve Abbott has been selected as co-editor (with Bruce Torrence of Randolph-Macon College) of "Math Horizons." This lively journal, published quarterly by the Mathematical Association of America, is dedicated to exposing current undergraduates to the history, culture, and personalities of mathematics, as well as to the latest results in the field. The publication features writing by some of the leading mathematical expositors, but also works with a student advisory board to include student writing on topics where their perspective may be the most insightful one.

Professor writes German textbook for opera singers and musicians

During her sabbatical leave in Germany during 2008-09, Bettina Matthias (German) researched and wrote a German textbook for opera singers and musicians. Having taught in the "German for Singers and Vocal Coaches" program in the German Summer Language School since 2000, she decided to dedicate her sabbatical to writing a much-needed book that takes into account this special group's needs, abilities, interests and professional realities. Her research brought her into contact with some of Germany's finest musicians, opera houses, agents, conservatories, professors and directors, and the final result will prepare singers both linguistically and culturally for auditions, projects and work in the German-speaking world.

Award-winning German Theater Group founded by faculty member

Since 2001, Bettina Matthias (German) has worked with German students, from first-semester to graduating senior, in Middlebury's German Theater Group. What started as an alternative to the typical final paper in late 2001 has grown into a very successful staple in the German Department and on campus, a steady group with at least 10 members at any given time, that has won the German Theater Competition at Mt. Holyoke College five times and has performed nine full-length plays in German. In fall, we will celebrate our tenth production together.