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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 series will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19 with The Post Pandemic College with Bryan Alexander.

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: Recognizing Microaggressions (part 1 of 2) (1/19)

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Inclusive Practitioners Program
    Anti-Racism as Everyday Practice
    Manifestations of Racism on Campus: Recognizing Microaggressions (part 1 of 2)
    This 90-minute workshop will explore microaggressions and their impact on students, including common examples that faculty and staff should avoid. 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: The Post-Pandemic College: Trends, Opportunities, and Threats (1/19)

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Online
    In this opening presentation to the 2021 Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts series, noted futurist and educational commentator Bryan Alexander will analyze how the COVID-19 pandemic is transforming American higher education and will outline the key dynamics that will shape the post-pandemic college. Bryan's presentation will set a broad and deep context for the rest of the sessions in this year's series followed by questions and comments from attendees.

  • TOHCS: The Manifesto for Teaching Online (1/20)

    Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    Time: 11:30am - 12:45pm
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Distance is a positive principle, not a deficit. Online can be the privileged mode. With this provocative statement, the faculty and students of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh challenged the dominant discourse that digital education is second-best to face-to-face learning. The statement became part of a Manifesto for Teaching Online, first written by students and faculty in that center in 2011, revised in 2016, and expanded into a book published by the MIT Press in 2020. The book features chapters on each of the twenty-one manifesto statements (such as, “Text has been troubled. Many modes matter in representing academic knowledge.” “Place is differently, not less, important online.”) with thoughtful and thought-provoking explorations and examples that can challenge beliefs about digital education and inspire new approaches to teaching online. In this session, we are excited to be joined by guest facilitator and co-author of The Manifesto for Teaching Online, Dr. Jen Ross. Dr. Ross is Senior Lecturer at Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. She is Co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education within the School of Education. Dr. Ross will highlight a few of the manifesto points, providing connections to her own experiences with teaching online, and then co-facilitate a conversation with attendees. Register HERE

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

  • DFDR UCRF Funding Final Spring Deadline (2/26)

    Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    The Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund (UCRF)  through the Dean of Faculty Development and Research (DFDR) is for collaborative research, i.e., for research or artistic projects that are likely to lead to joint presentations or publications with students. We expect to make 10 awards this year with an upper annual limit of approximately $2,000.
    Deadline: Rolling with a final deadline of February 26, 2021 for spring projects.   See more information and a link to the application on the Academic Affairs website.

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