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Teaching and learning are central to the mission of Middlebury College.

Middlebury College is a residential learning community that educates students within the tradition of the liberal arts. We emphasize reflection, discussion, and intensive interactions between students and faculty members. We believe that teaching is a craft, a set of skills and approaches that can continually be refreshed and enhanced. CTLR is here to work with all faculty to advance their teaching and scholarship through a wide variety of programs, services, and opportunities.

CTLR Faculty Updates

The 2021 Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts winter pedagogy series launched with The Post Pandemic College with Bryan Alexander on Tuesday, Jan 19. See the full schedule of events.

To join a January book club reading Ungrading by Susan Blum submit the interest form and see more alternative grading resources.

Use of the honor code and the impact on cheating

Final Exams and Assessments in Virtual Teaching - A Lunch-Time Discussion resources for assessment prep

Good Read: Teaching Strategies for Student Engagement and Classroom Equity

Fall Faculty Panel: Four Middlebury faculty members share how they have adapted their teaching to respond to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Laboring in a Time of Crisis: The Entanglement of Wellness and Work in Writing Centers by Genie Giaimo

Upcoming Faculty Development Events

  • Manifestations of Racism on Campus: Responding to Microaggressions (part 2 of 2) (1/21)

    Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Inclusive Practitioners Program
    Anti-Racism as Everyday Practice
    Manifestations of Racism on Campus: Responding to Microaggressions (part 2 of 2)
    This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies for engaging effectively when students make comments that cause harm, with a focus on helping students develop the capacity for critical self-reflection and perspective taking. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Inclusive Practitioners Program, a continuing education and
    development program. The program is founded on three overarching goals: To provide ongoing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in critical conversations about campus learning environments and how to intentionally structure those environments in ways that increase equity, inclusion, access and full participation. To foster a community of engaged educators committed to creating and maintaining inclusive learning environments who embrace the opportunity to collectively explore ways to reduce barriers, to individually apply strategies for inclusion, and to process and debrief with colleagues the relative effectiveness and impact of varying approaches. To positively impact the experience of students on campus by applying strategies for inclusion in ways that improve the actual and perceived campus climate across living and learning environments. For more information or to register please see the program website Inclusive Practitioners Program  

  • 2021 CTLA: Utilizing Project-Based Learning (PBL) to Improve ALL Students’ STEM Experience (1/21)

    Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Time: 12:15pm - 1:45pm
    Location: Online
    This workshop will be suitable for any faculty member wanting an introduction to project-based learning (PBL), as well as faculty, particularly those in STEM fields, looking to adapt their current PBL practices to new/flexible course modalities. With guidance from Catlin Keller, Instructional Designer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, we will discuss the key elements of designing a PBL learning experience and how to utilize technology most effectivelyfor both faculty and studentsto apply PBL in flexible course settings. The workshop is open to all faculty, but it will spotlight the unique challenges that arise when implementing PBL in STEM courses, especially those needing to be taught online or hybrid. Workshop participants will be able to see and to evaluate together PBL projects from a variety of disciplines before discussing strategies for evaluating this less conventional kind of student work. The CTLR invites participating faculty who have used PBL or are considering using PBL in a future semester to have their course syllabus or drafted project assignment on hand so that they may actively draw from those plans and consider revisions during the course of the 90-minute workshop. The Zoom link to join will be sent in your registration confirmation and in the reminder email the day before the event. Participants are asked to read the article Gold Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements prior to the event. This session is part of the 2021 Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts series.

  • 2021 CTLA: Pandemic Teaching Excellence: Moving Forward with Lessons Learned (1/25)

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
    Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Online
    What have you learned from teaching during the pandemic thus far, and how will those lessons inform your teaching this winter and spring? In this session co-hosted by Jim Ralph, director of CTLR and History professor and Michaela Kubacki, Mathematics professor, we will learn from one another. Our format will involve a rotating series of three 15-minute breakout group discussions on a number of topics. The session will conclude in a plenary fashion highlighting key takeaways from this teaching roulette. Topics Survey: It is our goal for this session to be responsive to your interests. We ask you to take this survey available HERE as soon as you can to indicate your interest in discussing potential topics as well as suggest others for our consideration. Potential Topics Include: best practices for teaching in socially distanced classrooms; how to employ effectively collaborative coursework; adapting your class to an unusual calendar with a virtual first week; strategies for proactive stress management for you and your students; and how best to work with the student life deans and other support resources for students in the era of the pandemic. Book Giveaway: The first ten registrants will be eligible to receive a copy of a book on teaching and learning from the CTLR. The Zoom link to join will be sent in your registration confirmation and in the reminder email the day before the event. This session is part of the 2021 Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts series.

Faculty Deadlines

  • Posters on the Hill Deadline to Apply (1/22)

    Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    Middlebury is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) who will be hosting a virtual poster session in spring 2021 for student researchers and their mentors to present to members of Congress. The deadline to apply to present is Jan. 22, 2021. The event date will be announced once the spring congressional calendar is set. Share your research and meet your representative. POH info

  • MiddData Leave Year Fellowships

    Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    MiddData leave year fellowships of $2,500 for one semester or $5,000 for a full year will provide salary replacement support for Middlebury colleagues planning to pursue digital or data-oriented scholarship during research leaves in the 2021-22 academic year. Deadline to apply is Jan.30, 2021. Email midddata@middlebury.edu with questions.

  • MiddData Summer 2021 Micro-Grant Application Deadline

    Date: Monday, February 15, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    Middlebury Initiative for Data and Digital Methods(MiddData) micro-grants of up to $1000 will support faculty and staff scholarly and pedagogical efforts using a wide array of data and digital methodologies. These grants can be used to participate in workshops or training in data or digital skills/ platforms; attend conferences on data or digital scholarship or pedagogy; acquire data or technology to support scholarship or pedagogy; hire student research assistants for data and digital projects; and cover expenses related to the development of new courses or course materials related to data and digital methods. The deadline for summer is Feb.15, 2021. Email midddata@middlebury.edu with questions.

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