Annual written performance evaluations are conducted for staff members between January 1 and March 31 of each year as part of the College’s ongoing performance feedback process. Also part of this process, informal performance evaluation meetings are conducted at six-month intervals between the annual written performance evaluations. For most staff, informal evaluation meetings occur between July and September.
The annual evaluation process is designed to give employees and supervisors an opportunity to evaluate work accomplishments and performance during the review period and establish goals and objectives for the future. The informal evaluation provides a valuable opportunity for mid-year feedback, review of the progress in meeting goals, and plans for any necessary adjustments.
Supervisors should be making plans to meet with their staff members to conduct mid-year performance discussions if not already completed. Staff and supervisors should contact Human Resources with any questions or concerns about the performance evaluation process by calling x5465, option 1.
Last year we posted some course site suggestions for faculty. The information is still relevant, and here is a short summary for those who only need a reminder:
- Where to find help for faculty - http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons
- Where to find help for students working on media assignments - http://go.middlebury.edu/dmt
- Start at the Course Hub – http://courses.middlebury.edu
- Add your syllabus as a web page, document, or link
- In general, if you would like your course site to be private choose Moodle
- In general, if you would like your course site to be public choose WordPress
- If you make your course unavailable to students while you are building it, please make sure you make it available before students need access to it.
There are a handful of new services that are available for faculty to use in their courses:
SANSSpace has a web-based video and audio recorder for class assignments. Students can record audio or video and save directly to the site, and faculty can respond by inserting text, audio or video in the timeline of the student’s submission. It is most commonly used for an online language lab environment, and also has applications for presentations, music, and writing. SANSSpace can be added to your course via the Course Hub.
Shared Moodle Resource
Currently, the only shared Moodle resource is the Academic Integrity Tutorial. This tutorial can be added to any course via the Course Hub.
There have been many stories about curricular activities gathered over the years, and they have been shared across many sites. We have started to gather them in one place, the Curricular Innovations site, where faculty can see and share experiences in the classroom.
Personal tech tip: A colleague recently shared that they use a program called Eyeleo (http://eyeleo.com/) to help them to remember to take regular breaks when spending long amounts of time at a computer. Eyeleo works on windows computers, and there is a similar program, Time Out (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/), that works on Macs.
Wed. Sept. 3rd, noon – 1pm, Davis Family Library Computer Lab (DFL 105) – lower level. Drop-ins welcome or sign-up online (use the last box to tell us if there is something specific you want covered).
Description: Bring your lunch to the library and learn about what we have to offer you and your family. We’ll introduce you to library services and resources available to Midd users and their families and show you how to search MIDCAT, the library catalog, and Summon (our “search everything” tool) to discover resources like books, articles, films, eBooks, audiobooks, and more. Learn how to access news and popular magazines online as well as find online resources aimed at all ages. Questions will be answered throughout the session.
The libraries have purchased or subscribed to a bunch of new and wonderful resources over the summer (and late last academic year). Here are some of the highlights:
And these resources will be available very soon!
- Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (on order)
- Digitalia Film Library (on order)
- Chinese Cultural Relics – English translation of Wen Wu (we’ve subscribed and are awaiting publication of the first issue)
Trials expected during Fall Term:
- Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE) – streaming video science experiments
- National Anti-Slavery Standard – primary source material
- Alexander Street’s Criterion Collection – streaming video of classic movies
We are always adding new resources – make your wishes known here!
On Tuesday, August 19 work began near Coffrin Hall and Le Chateau for the installation of the latest addition to Middlebury’s collection of outdoor public art. The site is being graded and prepared for the arrival of Youbie Obie, a large work in cor-ten steel by alumni artist J. Pindyck Miller ’60. The work will be craned into place this coming Wednesday, August 27, and the project will be completed during the following week with the addition of landscaping and information placards. For more information about the artwork and to follow the installation process as it progresses, please read the latest post on the Museum blog.
Peter Nelson (Geography) and a colleague at Point Park University have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled International Rural Gentrification; research teams from the United Kingdom and France are also funded through their own respective national funding agencies. The entire project is part of the Open Research Area funding scheme for international social science research that now involves agencies in four European countries as well as the NSF. The objective of this multi-national collaborative project is to undertake the first in-depth cross-national integrated comparative study of the theory, forms, and dynamics of rural gentrification encompassing France, the UK, and the USA. The US team will compile a comprehensive database of rural gentrification indicators for each of the three countries and then identify a set of communities in the US in which to carry out in-depth case study analysis focusing on the different forms of rural gentrification and the various actors involved in the process. Scholars from the UK and France will do similar case study analyses in their respective countries. In addition to funding all the costs of the research in the US, the grant will also fund trips to Europe to meet with the entire research team; this research will be the focus of Pete’s academic leave in 2015-16. Three undergraduate students will be involved in this research.