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

2021 Teaching and Writing Retreat - Making Connections


Since the late winter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our established routines as educators in so many ways. With the coming of the new academic year, it is time for all us (new colleagues and seasoned faculty and staff) to make connectionswith people, places, programs, and resources.

A tentative schedule of activities is now available.

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2021 Retreat Day 1

Thursday morning will open with a discussion of what we have learned from the past seventeen months, of what concerns us, and of how can we make the most of the new school year. One highlight will include a panel of students reflecting on how the pandemic has transformed their sense of what they hope for in their Middlebury education. There will also be plenty of time to connect with familiar colleagues and meet new ones. Lastly, there will be small group syllabi workshops.

See the draft schedule above for additional details. Registration and event participation includes both days (Thursday and Friday).

Update 8/23: The official program end time has been moved up to 12:30 pm. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm through the Proctor Dining line and is optional.

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2021 Retreat Day 2

Friday will open with a “poster session” featuring many offices and programs who can help advance learning. Then we will hear from leaders in student and residential life about new developments in this sphere of the College. Next there will be a second round of small group syllabi workshops.

Registration includes both days. Please follow the link above to register.

Update 8/23: The official program end time has been moved up to 12:30 pm. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm through the Proctor Dining line and is optional.

2021 Organizing Committee

JoAnn Brewer, Coordinator for CTLR
Debbie Cousino, Coordinator for CTLR Events
Sarah Lohnes-Watulak, Director of Digital Pedagogy & Media for DLINQ
Amy McGlashan, Director of Academic Outreach & Special Projects for CCI
Jim Ralph, CTLR Director, Dean of Faculty Development and Research, Professor of History
Kristina Sargent, Assistant Professor of Economics
Hector Vila, Associate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric

Past Retreats

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

ctlr@middlebury.edu
(802) 443-3131