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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

Teaching Resources
Using a syllabus, advising, course-based tutors, Middlebury programs that support teaching and other shared resources.
Development Opportunities
Annual workshop series and retreats, communities of practice, and other opportunities for mentoring and collaboration.
Middlebury funding to support teaching, research and scholarship. OGSP supports external funding opportunities.
Research Support
Working with research assistants for all disciplines, as well as programming supporting scholarship.

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Stories of exciting approaches to teaching by Middlebury faculty and recommended articles, books, and research on teaching and learning.

Upcoming Faculty Development Events

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  • Worldwide Teach-In on Climate Change Week (3/27-31)

    Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
    Time: All Day Event
    Middlebury will be joining hundreds of educational institutions around the world (in more than 50 countries and most US states) in the Worldwide Teach-In on Climate Change on and around March 29, 2023. We are looking to continue ongoing campus-wide conversations and engage our students, who are coming of age in an age of planetary crisis and transformation. During the week of March 27-31, we ask all faculty to consider devoting at least five minutes of their classroom time to a conversation about climate solutions and justice so that we can engage as many of our community members as possible. See more details, links to resources, and the sign-up to help us track participation. In addition to class and group discussions during the week, we are coordinating the following connected events that we hope you’ll attend and help to spread the word: Tuesday, 3/28 12:30-1:30, CTLR (Davis Library 225): #MakeClimateAClass discussion for faculty Thursday, 3/30 4:30-6:45, Wilson Hall:  UpNext Climate Careers alumni panel and networking reception featuring alumni from diverse backgrounds, majors, and sectors Friday, 3/31 9-12 UpNext Climate Careers small group discussions Contact Julia Berazneva (jberazneva@middlebury.edu) or Minna Brown (mbbrown@middlebury.edu) with questions or ideas.

  • Writing in Community for Faculty and Staff

    Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
    Time: 8:30am - 10:00am
    Location: CTLR (Davis Library 225)
    The CTLR will host drop-in sessions for faculty and staff on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30-10 AM in the CTLR Lounge (Lib 225). Join colleagues in quiet time for productive writing. Coffee and tea will be available.

  • Inclusive Design for Learning - Transforming Group Work: Avoiding Ineffective and Exclusionary Dynamics in Collaborative Learning (3/27)

    Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Location: Online via Zoom
    This 90-minute workshop will explore ways to frame and implement group work in order to promote inclusive and collaborative dynamics.   This workshop is part of the Inclusive Practitioners Program by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI) Registration Click the button below to register for workshops. You will receive an Outlook invitation for the session(s) you register for. If you need to update your registration for a session at any point, you can do so by updating your Outlook calendar response. Register Now  

Faculty Deadlines

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  • Funding for Strategic Initiatives Spring Deadline (3/27)

    Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
    Time: All Day Event
    The Office of the Provost provides funding to support Middlebury faculty and staff ideas intended to advance or deepen our strategic priorities. The goal with this funding is to provide startup resources to get an initiative launched with the understanding that any continued support will need to either be contained within our existing budget or come from external funding sought by the organizer.  Proposals for ideas and initiatives that reflect our strategic priorities are being accepted. The funding itself is from restricted gifts that were given to further Middlebury’s Strategic Framework. This spring’s call for proposals will be limited to projects with a budget of up to $20,000 that fit into one or more of the following: Further our global connections  Build upon Middlebury’s goals around intercultural communication Integrate or connect existing efforts across Middlebury Focus on expanding our commitment to the environment The Provost’s Academic Council (PAC) will select projects that best forward our strategic initiatives without requiring long-term support beyond the initial funding. Notification of approval, denial, or “needs revision” will be sent by early May. Successful proposals will receive funding for fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024).  The deadline to apply for this funding is March 27, 2023. Please see the funding guidelines for information about submitting a proposal and a link to the application.

  • Deadline to Request New Community Partners for Classes or Research (4/3)

    Date: Monday, April 3, 2023
    Time: All Day Event
    Midd Liberal Arts in Action (MLAA) is a web platform that aims to facilitate reciprocal relationships with community partners within the context of Middlebury classes and research programs though the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). If you are planning Summer or Fall 2023 courses or research projects incorporating community-connected work and are seeking NEW community partnerships, we invite you to share details about these course / research ideas via this intake form by​ Monday April 3rd so that it can be posted to the MLAA Platform and shared with potential partners.  

  • Deadline to Apply for Humanities Faculty Research Seminar (4/17)

    Date: Monday, April 17, 2023
    Time: All Day Event
    The Axinn Center for the Humanities invites applications for next year’s Humanities Faculty Research Seminars (2023-24). The year-long research seminar fosters collaboration and community for Middlebury Humanities faculty working on projects loosely connected to two particular themesthe Body or Peace and Conflict. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend. Please apply to only one seminar by April 17, 2023. The Body: Projects targeting identity, religion, race, medical humanities, illness, environmental humanities, art history, civic engagement, among many others. Research approaches might include but are not limited to historical, literary, ethical, and philosophical investigations as well as analyses drawing on feminist, queer, disability, or critical race theory, among others. This seminar would meet in person and be limited to faculty members on Middlebury's Vermont campus. Please apply here for the Seminar on the Body. Peace and Conflict: Topics might include—but are in no way restricted to—historical understandings of war, violence, and peace; reflections on how law and justice play a role in peace and/or conflict situations; examinations of different inequalities implicated in societal tensions; representations of peace and conflict in textual or artistic sources, among many others. Humanities-based approaches to this global theme may vary and could include literary analysis, historical or ethnographic inquiry, philosophical study of key questions, etc. This Seminar will also invite applications from colleagues in MIIS with parallel research orientations in the Humanities. Accordingly, it may run in person or in hybrid format. If interested, please apply here for the Seminar on Peace and Conflict. The Seminar will begin in September 2023 and continue throughout the academic year, meeting a minimum of once per month. Each seminar has a leader who will receive $1,200. Seminar participants will each work on some piece of scholarship or creative work connected to the topican article, book chapter, or other defined scholarly or creative product. Projects will also be presented at a panel or workshop. Contact Marion Wells mwells@middlebury.edu or Febe Armanios farmanios@middlebury.edu for more information.

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Middlebury, VT 05753