Timothy Spears

Posts by Timothy Spears

An Overview of Internal Communications: Tips and Challenges

As I suggested in my October 15th post, internal communication can be a challenge. In an effort to improve communications on this front, the President introduced the topic at a meeting with Senior Managers this morning, with the promise that we will return … Continue reading

The Commons Factor in the Atwater Landscape Design Competition

Last week, I cross posted—technically, the term is “syndicated”—a blog post in which Tim Parsons describes the Atwater “Turf Battle” competition.  More recently, Tim asked me to say a few words about how the current Commons configuration might affect designs … Continue reading

Five Questions for Barbara Hofer

Another week, another installment of the new Five Questions series. This time around, the Middlebury Campus Editorial Board posed questions to Professor of Pyschology Barbara Hofer, who recently co-authored The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and … Continue reading

Music Library to Davis, HARC to MCFA—Some Background on the Project

I received a request for further information about the plan (recently approved by the Board of Trustees) to move the Music Library to the Davis Family Library, and then to house the History of Art and Architecture Department (HARC) in … Continue reading

Five Questions for Ronald D. Liebowitz

I am indebted to Mackenzie Beer ’12 for suggesting that I use this blog to profile members of  the college community.  Readers of Time will recognize the format—though five questions seemed more reasonable than ten—and I thank Mackenzie and the … Continue reading

Turf Battle: The Atwater Landscape Design Competition

Dear Students: I write to invite your participation in a student design contest to revamp the north end of campus, specifically, the open landscape between Hall A and Hall B. The remainder of this memo describes the scope of the … Continue reading

Closing the Loop

To shed some light on the ins and outs of internal communication, I asked the directors of two of the biggest operations on campus to explain how their departments manage the communication process.  This is what they had to say. … Continue reading

The Staff Resources Committee (SRC)—Where We Are

President Liebowitz had a lot to say about the work of the SRC in his fall address to the campus, and for good reason—the committee has played an important role in guiding the reductions in staff and reorganization efforts that … Continue reading

Under Construction

What sort of information would be useful to have on this site? Following up on discussions I’ve had with colleagues and suggestions made at a forum hosted a couple of weeks ago by Staff Council, I would like to develop this site so that it aggregates … Continue reading

To Students: An Invitation to Manage the Juice Bar

Dear Students: I write with what I believe is an exciting proposition for student entrepreneurs, and good news for campus life. As you know, the College has struggled during the last year to find the right staffing model for the … Continue reading