by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am writing today to share our plans for the next academic year. We are adapting how we will deliver the start of the academic year, in accordance with evolving public health guidelines and with a particular consideration for the impediments our international students will face coming to campus. During these uncertain times, it is our duty to provide our community with as much clarity as possible.

The 2020–2021 academic year at the Middlebury Institute will start with remote instruction throughout the fall. We will bring students back to campus in 2021, if we can do so safely. The academic calendar will not change. Classes will begin on August 24.

I encourage you to take advantage of the remote teaching resources and training offered by our colleagues in the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ).

While this decision may not come as a surprise to you, I recognize that you may have questions and concerns. We will be hosting a town hall for faculty on Wednesday, June 24, from 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. PDT and another one for staff on Friday, June 26, from 11 a.m.–Noon PDT. Though each of these sessions is tailored to a particular audience—faculty or staff, respectively—you are welcome to join us for either or both of these sessions.

I want to once more express my genuine gratitude for the extraordinary ways you, and our community as a whole, responded to the many challenges posed by the global pandemic this spring. It was not what any of us had planned or hoped for, but your remarkable adaptability and resourcefulness were critical elements of the successful completion of the semester.

Sincerely,

Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Dean of the Institute and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

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