In her presentations for the Contemporary Teaching Series in January, Alex Shevrin Venet outlined four key priorities to trauma-informed educational practices—predictability, flexibility, empowerment, and connection. While acknowledging there is creative tension between these four proactive priorities, and no simple formula for turning them into practice, she shared ways to approach them in the classroom. Recorded talks and event resources are available from the 2022 series on holistic, embodied approaches to teaching and learning. Read more
Becky Thompson’s Contemporary Teaching talk in January directly addressed a topic of concern for many Middlebury faculty—lower levels than expected of class attendance and participation. The pandemic has disrupted so much in the lives of our students and, not surprisingly, their connection to their education. Recorded talks and event resources are available from the 2022 series on holistic, embodied approaches to teaching and learning. Read more
The International Travel and Research Fund is accepting applications up to $3,000 from Middlebury faculty for the November 23, 2021 deadline. Funding is for research projects requiring international travel or presentations at international conferences. Read the full call for applications.
Proposals are being accepted until Wednesday, December 8 for Whiting Foundation funding to support studying at another institution, domestically or abroad, to enhance your teaching. Read the full call.
Many faculty are having to respond to students missing classes because of sickness or a concern over having been potentially exposed to COVID. One approach is to turn to technology to permit those students to continue to join class. Some faculty have utilized Polycarts to Zoom in students. To request a Polycart, please submit a ticket to the Technology Helpdesk. Read more faculty approaches.