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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

Faculty Deadlines

  • Deadline for NEH Summer Stipend Nomination Applications (7/8)

    Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    Middlebury may nominate two members of the faculty for the annual competition for Summer Stipends sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each stipend provides $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing on a humanities project, “advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.” (See eligibility information below). If you would like to be considered for a Middlebury nomination, please email a description of your proposed project** and a current C.V. to the Dean for Faculty Development & Research mailbox (adeans@middlebury.edu) by email by Thursday, July 8. ** Your project description should be a “draft proposal” in conformance with the NEH summer stipend guidelines (in terms of length, format and content). A selection panel will then choose the College's two nominees. The nominees must then submit their final applications electronically to NEH by September 22. The guidelines for the NEH Summer Stipend program are available at the following website: https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends On April 14, 2021, NEH staff conducted a webinar covering the program; including eligibility, the application and nomination processes, and suggestions for writing an effective proposal. The webinar can be viewed via a link on the NEH Summer Stipend page at the address above. Feel free to contact Nick Brightman or Jennifer Bleich at the Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs to see copies of successful NEH Summer Stipend proposals or for other assistance. Eligibility -Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have lived continuously in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline. -Applicants meeting any of the following criteria do not have to be nominated by Middlebury and may apply directly to NEH: non-tenure track faculty or emeritus faculty or non-faculty staff members who will not be teaching during the 2021-22 academic year. Contact NEH to verify your eligibility to apply directly (without College nomination).

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