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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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  • Supporting Religious Observance: Religious Holidays and How Students and Employees Participate on Campus (9/26)

    Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Engaging and Supporting Diverse Communities Series - Supporting Religious Observance: Understanding Religious Holidays and What they Mean for When and How Students and Employees Participate on Campus  This 60-minute workshop will explore major religious holidays, how they are observed, and what faculty, staff, and supervisors should be mindful of in terms of participation in the classroom and workplace. More Info and Register Inclusive Practitioners Program - A program of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI)

  • Engaging and Supporting Diverse Communities - Rethinking Our Relationship to Disability (9/27)

    Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
    Location: Online
    This 90-minute workshop will explore the medical and social models of disability, how each model impacts policies and practices, and ways faculty and staff can reconceptualize disability in order to reduce barriers and increase access, equity, inclusion and full participation. This workshop is part of the Inclusive Practitioners Program by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI) Register

  • Explorations and Expectations: CTLR’s Launch Lunch for 2023-24 (9/27)

    Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
    Location: CTLR (Davis Family Library 225)
    For our first staff/faculty development event of the new academic year, the CTLR is hosting a lunchtime conversation that builds upon the intriguing discussions developing from the Teaching & Writing Retreat held in late August. Folks who attended the retreat wished that we had had more time to dig deeper into questions related to our assumptions about what to expect from our students. This catered lunch gathering is an opportunity to do just that. All are welcome, so if you could not attend the retreat and are curious about what you missed, know that this conversation is for you too.
    From this discussion, we will launch into a year-long exploration of our College-wide Learning Goals and how they relate to our individual pedagogical decisions and department planning as well as the College’s curriculum. It has been ten years since the faculty endorsed these Learning Goals, and we welcome the opportunity to examine their application in our lives as educators and to consider their impact on the experiences we provide to students. Please register for this event, so that we can plan accordingly for a delicious lunch. Come for as long as you want or as your teaching/meeting schedule permits.          

Faculty Deadlines

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  • Ada Howe Kent Faculty Development Funding Deadline (9/29)

    Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
    Time: All Day Event
    Ada Howe Kent grants for academic year 2023-24 (ranging between $2,000 and $4,000) are for faculty who are developing new pedagogical directions, new courses, and research projects focused on teaching and pedagogy that would benefit from such support. All members of the faculty are eligible for Ada Howe Kent grants.  The funds must be used between October 16, 2023 and September 30, 2024. Ada Howe Kent funding, which is awarded on a competitive basis, is designed to promote faculty members’ ambitions in advancing their teaching and their research about teaching and the learning process. The competition is open to a wide range of proposals including, for example: support for attending conferences and workshops related to teaching, funding for travel to develop materials for new courses or new modules in courses, or tuition to cover costs for training in a skill or an approach that would advance teaching. Individual faculty members, a team of faculty members, and even faculty comprising a department, or a program may submit proposals. The Academic Administration is especially interested in proposals that stretch the expertise of faculty members, enabling them to offer courses or supervise student projects in areas that are new to them. Applicants should provide a current CV and a brief summary of the project for which support is sought, together with a calendar and detailed budget. All applications should be submitted via this google form, Ada Howe Kent Faculty Grants There will be two rounds of funding. The first deadline will be on Friday, September 29, 2023; the second will be on Friday, January 26, 2024. Some funding will be reserved for the second round, but applicants are advised to submit for the first deadline, if possible. For further information, please contact Jim Ralph (ext. 5320), Grace Spatafora (ext. 5431), or Kathleen Parent (ext. 2207) Ada Howe Kent

  • FRAF Fall Semester Deadline (10/3)

    Date: Friday, October 13, 2023
    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.

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Middlebury, VT 05753