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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.

CTLR Faculty Updates

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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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  • Faculty Mentoring Lunch : Life After Tenure (3/1)

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
    Location: CTLR (Davis Family Library 225)
    The CTLR welcomes all faculty to enjoy lunch together and to engage with new and veteran colleagues in a discussion about what life looks like after tenure. Come for tasty food, camaraderie, and lively conversation about the post-tenure world at Middlebury. On the one hand, a major professional milestone has passed; on the other hand, committee work, chairing of departments, and a new level of professional commitments typically begins in earnest at this point. The intent is for newly tenured faculty, those who see review on the horizon, and those who have thoughts on the experience of the transition to Associate Professor to share advice, concerns, and questions with others. For catering and planning purposes, please register by February 27th letting us know there if you have dietary restrictions. For those who register, an email reminder will be sent two hours prior to the event. And, if you can’t attend but would like access to the group’s Canvas site for resources and online discussions, let Amy Morsman know (amorsman@middlebury.edu).

  • Classroom Visit – Partner up to Give and Get Help using Student Insights (3/7)

    Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
    Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
    Location: CTLR (Davis Library 225)
    Does the idea of someone other than students visiting your classroom give you anxiety? Do you break out in hives at the thought of reading your Course Response Forms or any other kind of student feedback? It does not have to be this way. Thomas Preston, our new faculty colleague in the German Department, is eager to share his experiences at Columbia University’s Center for Teaching & Learning, organizing collegial classroom visits and facilitating mid-semester feedback conversations with students about their professor’s approach to teaching. With Thomas’s help, we are excited to host again a session that pairs up faculty to visit each other’s classes and visit once with each other’s students to get the real deal on what they see in the classroom. This is a chance to grow collegiality and gain greater insights about your teaching, even in time for a course correction this Spring. The faculty who participated in this partner program last Fall found it hugely helpful and even fun. Join the club this semester! Please register for this catered lunch event by Monday, March 4th.

  • PBL Community of Practice Lunch (3/8)

    Date: Friday, March 8, 2024
    Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
    Location: CTLR (Davis Library 225)
    PBL Community of Practice Lunch
    The CTLR welcomes all PBL practitioners as well as other staff and faculty interested in learning more about PBL (Project-Based Learning) to a lunchtime discussion on Friday, March 8th. Come to the CTLR Lounge to share your latest stories about PBL planning and project execution as well as your struggles and questions around this pedagogy. Please register by Monday March 4th.

Faculty Deadlines

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  • 24-25 Kellogg Fellowships for Humanistic Senior Work Application Deadline (3/1)

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Time: All Day Event
    The Kellogg Fellowship provides $5,000 to highly motivated students engaging in areas of humanistic study with research support for senior work related to their major program of study. The fellowship may be used for travel and research expenses incurred during the summer and the academic year 24-25 semesters. Middlebury juniors and junior and senior Febs are eligible to apply. The faculty project advisor also receives $1,000 to support their own research expenses. See http://go.middlebury.edu/kellogg for details and a link to the application.

  • FRAF Spring Semester Deadline (3/1)

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Time: All Day Event
    The Faculty Research Assistant Fund (FRAF) is for faculty seeking student assistance on faculty research projects or course development.

    FRAF awards are of two kinds: Departmental: Up to 10 hours/week, (no more than $2,750 for the academic year) for longer-term projects, involving multiple faculty members. Deadline: For projects starting in the fall semester, October 3, 2023; for those starting in the spring semester, March 1 2024.
    Individual: Up to $2,000 per academic year for short-term, specialized, or unanticipated needs, ($1,000 maximum for a single semester). Deadline: For projects starting in the Fall semester applications will be accepted until October 13, 2023.  For projects starting in January or February, applications will be accepted from December 18 through March 1, 2024. Please note: Faculty holding endowed professorships, have start-up funds, or are in departments with endowed enrichment funds are not eligible for FRAF awards. See more information and a link to the application on the Academic Affairs website at go.middlebury.edu/fraf.

  • Summer Research Assistant (SRA) Funding Deadline (3/1)

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Time: All Day Event
    Deadline for faculty to apply for funding to work with summer research assistants during summer 2024 is March 1. You can find information about SRA funding sources and the funding application process at go/srafunding. Please apply by the deadline even if you don’t have students identified, as late applications are often unable to be funded. More information about the sumer research program, including housing dates and housing and dining costs can be found at go/sra.  If you have questions or issues, email ur@middlebury.edu

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