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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

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

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

  • Knowing and Respecting Who’s in the Room: A Guide to Using Gender Pronouns (4/14)

    Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
    Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Inclusive Practitioners Program
    Rethinking Our Relationship to Disability  This 90-minute workshop will explore gender, gender identity, gender expression, and how and why to use gender pronouns to increase equity and inclusion. 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  

  • Practice Scenarios + Responses (4/19)

    Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
    Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Inclusive Practitioners Program
    Practice Scenarios + Responses These 90-minute skill-building sessions will each present a series of scenarios that faculty and staff will practice responding to in order to increase their capacity to recognize and respond to microaggressions. (Note: Each session will feature different scenarios, and the scenarios for the Spring sessions will be different from the ones included in the previous sessions. Faculty and staff are welcome to sign up for as many practice scenarios sessions as they want.) 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  

  • Midd.Data Lightning Talks: Survey Modules with Lisa Gates (4/22)

    Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Time: 12:40pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Online
    The Online Survey Research Module is the first educational resource developed as part of the larger Middlebury Social Science Research Modules (MSSRM) project. Ideally, this project will continue to grow into a set of interlinking modules that will guide a user through the entire research process, a wide variety of data collection methods, and the analyses that accompany them. We will highlight the vision, scope, and structure for the Social Science Research Modules project and the cross-institutional collaborative process of working remotely with students and faculty from MIIS and Middlebury. Links to videos that provide a brief overview of the Social Science Research Modules project will be shared as well. Register in advance for this meeting: https://middlebury.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUoduqgrT4qG9B0JNZjbupszvXk9ONid0aX After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Find more information at go.middlebury.edu/midddata.

Faculty Deadlines

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research
Davis Family Library, Suite 225
Middlebury, VT 05753

ctlr@middlebury.edu
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