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Each August, Middlebury College faculty have the opportunity to attend a teaching and writing retreat off campus to explore topics in pedagogy, prepare for courses, and explore issues in higher education.

Retreat Updates

Registration for 2022 is now closed. CTLR is reaching out to those who have registered with additional details. We look forward to seeing you all at the Mountain Top!

Retreat Agenda

2022 Teaching and Writing Retreat

Recovering Ourselves: Relationships and Sustainable Strategies

Monday, August 29 - Tuesday, August 30 at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, VT

After a two-year, COVID-induced hiatus, we are headed back to our favorite retreat spot to take a breath, reconnect, retool, and sharpen our focus before teaching begins in earnest in September. And did we mention that we also aim to have a lot of fun?

We are excited to create a retreat experience that will help you feel prepared for the year ahead while also allowing you restorative time for yourself and for making meaningful connections to friends, old and new, in this beautiful setting.

At the retreat we will:

  • take stock of where we have been as teachers in these last few years,
  • discuss where we are now, and where we need to be for our students, ourselves, and each other in the year ahead,
  • ponder big questions about timely pedagogical issues or explore best practices in the field,
  • and attend to the details of course planning through supportive conversations about your fall semester syllabi. 


In addition to giving participants lots to think about, they will be well fed and provided lodging for the night. Partners or families may share rooms with participants as space allows.

Can’t stay overnight? Commuters can join from 9 a.m. through dinner on Day 1. Feel free to stay as long as you can, and we will be happy to welcome commuters back for breakfast and a full morning of sessions on Day 2, ending by 2 p.m.

COVID Information: The Inn states that: “We encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks and socially distance when in the presence of others – we appreciate and respect that regardless of vaccination status, many may choose to wear a mask at all times.” The Inn and the College will respond to evolving pandemic conditions as needed and update retreat attendees if any COVID-related rules/protocols change.

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Recovering Ourselves: Relationships and Sustainable Strategies

Participants are asked to read two articles before the retreat.
An Epidemic of Student Disengagement
How to Solve the Student-Disengagement Crisis

2022 Retreat Day 1

8:30 am—Welcome
9:00 am—Opening Plenary “Taking Stock and Moving Forward” and Related Small Group Activities
Noon—Lunch with table topics
1:00 pm—Syllabus Groups Discussion
2:30 pm—All in This Together: Supporting Students in Distress in Times of Community Change presented by Sarah Binshadler, Director of Integrated Care, Center for Health and Wellness
4:00 pm—Break and Check-In at the Inn
6:30 pm—Reception
7:00 pm—Dinner

2022 Retreat Day 2

7:30 am—Breakfast at the Inn
8:30 am—Room Check-Out 
9:00 am—Classroom Inclusion and Belonging: On Paper and in Practice presented by Renee Wells, AVP of Education for Equity and Inclusion
10:45 am—Writing and Rhetoric Program Concurrent Sessions
—Pedagogy of Failure (Hector Vila)
—Promoting Linguistic Inclusion and Equity in our Syllabi, Assignments, and Feedback/Grading Practices (Shawna Shapiro)
—Scaffolding Assignments (Catharine Wright)
11:40 am—Second Syllabus Groups Discussion
12:30 pm—Lunch and Closing Conversation 
2:00 pm—Departure

2022 Organizing Committee

The retreat has been planned with care by members of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research and the Writing and Rhetoric Program.

Shannon Bohler, CTLR Program Coordinator
Luis Castaneda, Associate Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies
Michaela Kubacki, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Sarah Lohnes-Watulak, DLINQ Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media
Amy McGlashan, CCI Director of Academic Outreach and Special Projects
Amy Morsman, Director of the CTLR and First Year Seminar Program
Cynthia Packert, Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Jim Ralph, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty Development and Research, Professor of History
Hector Vila, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Past Retreats

In 2021, Making Connections to people, places, programs and resources was important after a year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The retreat was held on campus and included presentations by and visits to campus resources.

The 2020 retreat was canceled due to the pandemic.

In 2019, the focus was From Scholarship to Pedagogy: Our Students, Our Culture, and Our Goals. During the retreat, we considered how knowing what students bring into our classrooms—their educational experiences, their backgrounds, their world views, their challenges—can affect our teaching and how we plan our courses.

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