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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.

Faculty Updates

2021 Learning Institute: Educational Inequities and the Pandemic

Featuring Susan Blum of Notre Dame, the Learning Institute will be June 3-4, 2021. go.middlebury.edu/learninginstitute

Strategies for Reducing Workload or Introducing Flexibility

Faculty Council and the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) shared a list of strategies to address both student and faculty stress as we reach mid-semester. read more

COVID Studies:  Importance of Good Mask Fit and Transmission in K-12 In-Person Classrooms

Middlebury’s Dr. Mark Peluso shared two studies related to teaching in the classroom during COVID. One on the importance of good mask fit and the second on transmission in K-12 classrooms through November. He shared a summary of each.

Faculty Using Alternative Grading Featured in The Campus

Non-traditional grading methods are rare in Middlebury classrooms, but some professors are “ungrading” and experimenting with “labor-based” and self-evaluative assessments as alternatives to letter grades. “It just happens to work well because it’s a natural way to learn,” Biology professor Greg Pask said in reference to his “labor-based” grading system. “Regardless of what happens, this is what I was going to be doing anyway.” read more

Handouts and Videos from the 2021 CTLA

The 2021 Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts winter pedagogy series held sessions on the post-pandemic college, PBL, Universal Design, full participation through HIPs, publicly engaged scholarship and engaging the public with our scholarship. See the session recordings, slide shows and handouts at go/ctla.

Upcoming Faculty Development Events

See Faculty Development Calendar
  • Returning to the Classroom—A Lunch-Time Discussion (9/21)

    Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:20pm
    Location: Online
    For the first time since the first few weeks of the spring term in 2020, the dominant modality of teaching is in person. For many faculty, this is the first time teaching students in a physical classroom in many months or with the circumstances different than even the last semester. This is an opportunity—no matter what teaching modality you are employing—to gather to share stories and advice to navigate a distinctive world for educators. Please join us for this lunch-time discussion, hosted by CTLR on Tuesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. This will be an opportunity to share experiences following our first week of classes when most faculty have returned to teaching in person. Given the challenges in enjoying a lunch with colleagues on campus, this will be a virtual discussion. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research

Faculty Deadlines

See Faculty Development Deadlines
  • Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS) Deadline (10/1)

    Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    Students applying for funds up to $1,200 for senior research projects for AY 21-22 need to submit the online application by October 1. Applications require a budget, narrative, and a faculty support statement. Project dates need to occur while the student has senior status. Applications up to $350 are accepted on a rolling basis. Additional deadlines for funding over $350 will be in January and April. See details and a link to the application at go.middlebury.edu/srps.

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