Author Archives: Doreen Bernier

Academic Roundtable, March 10, 2015 – Managing Technology in the Classroom

The Academic Roundtable meets on Tuesdays in the lounge of the CTLR from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
As the number and type of devices students bring to class has proliferated, faculty have had to wrestle with how to manage this new reality of students showing up with phones, tablets, and laptops. In addition, students are impacted by their fellow students. In this session, we’ll hear from faculty who are wrestling with this challenge, as well as from students whose views represent a range of positions.

Faculty discussing their classroom technology policies and practices will include:
Alison Stanger, Political Science
Helen Young, Biology
Student panelists include:
Phil Bohlman ’17
Cate Costley ’15
David Ollin Pesqueira ’17
William Weightman ’17
You may wish to read Clay Shirky’s ” Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away” at

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to by noon, Thursday March 5th



The 150s now First Come, First Served for Students

For the spring semester, the library study rooms on the lower level (the 150 rooms) will be now available for students on a first come, first served basis. If the room is empty, feel free to just start using it. These are for group study, though, so an individual using the room may be asked to leave if a group needs the room.

These spaces are often used for meetings and interviews by various departments from across campus. Reservations can still be made for these events.  To do so, please contact Doreen Bernier ( or x5595).  Schedules will be posted on the door to each room.

The Return of the Printed Directory

We are pleased to announce that a revised and slimmed down version of the printed directory is now available free of charge. Faculty and Staff can pick up one or two copies at Reprographics during their regular business hours. Additional copies can be purchased for $3.15 each.  Reprographics is located in Freeman International Center. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM. This fall we will launch an enhanced on-line directory which will contain all of the information within the printed directory (home phone, home address, etc.) . In anticipation of this new on-line directory, we remind everyone that they can update and set sharing rules for their personal information via Banner.

Dean of the College Administrative Updates

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I hope that you are enjoying J-Term and looking forward to an exciting new year. I write to share some administrative updates in Student Life.

Effective August 1, Katy Smith Abbott, who has been serving as Associate Dean of the College since 2007, will assume the role of Dean of Students. In this capacity, she will continue to work closely with the Dean of the College, Commons Heads and Deans to support initiatives related to the residential and intellectual lives of students in their Commons communities. Katy will oversee and support the work of the staff in the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership, including their work with new student orientation. Alongside the College’s Judicial Affairs Officer, Commons Deans, and the Dean of the College, she will work to identify and address community issues that will likely warrant attention and support. Katy will continue to teach annually in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. When Katy returns from her leave, her office will be located in McCullough.

This past fall, Jennifer Herrera transitioned to Student Life from the Office for Institutional Diversity where she had been coordinating and managing diversity programming and events since 2004. It is important to note that all the work of the Office for Institutional Diversity is now folded into the work and structure of the Dean of the College Office. In her new role, as my Special Assistant and Senior Advisor for Diversity Initiatives, Jennifer will coordinate and oversee several campus-wide diversity initiatives, special projects, and communications for the Dean of the College Office. She will collaborate with members of Student Life and other areas of the College to ensure appropriate cultural/diversity programs and support for students from all backgrounds. Jennifer will continue to develop and support campus-wide educational programming and events on diversity-related topics in collaboration with other offices and centers on campus. She will assist the Dean of the College with the management of Middlebury’s Posse Program and work with the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership to support and advise student groups in planning diversity-related events. Jennifer’s office is now located in McCullough.

Gus Jordan has recently transitioned into his new role as Executive Director of Health and Counseling Services. Gus has previously served as Associate Dean of the College, Acting Dean of the College, and, most recently, as Dean of Students. In his new role as Executive Director, Gus will oversee the Parton Health Center, the Center for Counseling and Human Relations, Sports Medicine, and the Office of Health and Wellness Education. Gus will continue to teach regularly in the Department of Psychology. Gus’s office is now located in Centeno House.

Ian Sutherland has officially begun his position as the new dean of Cook Commons. Alongside Commons Head Pat Zupan, he will collaborate with members of Student Life and the Dean of the College to guide and support students and oversee Cook Commons. This past fall, Ian came to Middlebury from Gallaudet University where he served as a faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages for 15 years, and most recently as Chairman. Ian will teach regularly in the Department of Classics as visiting associate professor. Ian’s office is located in Battell North.

I hope that you share my excitement about these transitions. I am confident that Katy, Jennifer, Gus, and Ian will continue to contribute greatly to the success of Student Life at the College.


Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College
Chief Diversity Officer

Solar Decathlon Fundraiser at 51 Main

On Tuesday, January 25 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, 51 Main will donate 10% of its proceeds on food and non-alcohol beverage purchases to Middlebury’s Solar Decathlon Team. At 6:00 pm, several members will share the team’s vision and progress for their entry into the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition for college and university students to design and build 100% solar-powered homes. Since August 2009, over 70 students from 18 different majors have contributed to the design and promotion of the home. Following the competition, the house will return to its permanent site in Middlebury, where it will showcase the integration of traditional New England architecture with progressive energy solutions. Please join us in supporting these students who are working to redefine the future of residential energy and design.

Wed – Learning Lunch – with Jim Douglas! (update with topic)

Please bring your lunch and join us this Wednesday when
former Vermont Governor, Executive-in-Residence

Jim Douglas

shares his thoughts on

Contemporary Vermont politics
and the importance of volunteers in the political process

(Please print this to share with your colleagues who do not have easy access to email.)
Previously, from Staff Council:

Staff Council is very pleased to announce its next
Learning Lunch
Featuring former Vermont Governor,
Executive-in-Residence Jim Douglas!
Wednesday, January 19th at noon
McCullough Social Space

(Since Mr. Douglas has been working two jobs until late last week, we have only been able to schedule the time and location at this point. We wanted to get word out about this as quickly as possible. We will be sending an update soon regarding the specific topic that he will be discussing.)

Bread Loaf School of English

As of the first of the year, our colleague Jim Maddox has retired as director of the Bread Loaf School of English. Emily Bartels, who was a Bread Loaf faculty member from 1995-2000 and has been associate director since 2001, will succeed Jim as director.

Jim has taught at the University of Virginia and George Washington University, and served as the Dean of Graduate and Special Programs at Middlebury—as well as director of Bread Loaf from 1989 until 2010.

Jim has administered multiple grants for Bread Loaf from the NEH, Gates Foundation, DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, Carnegie Corporation, Rockefeller Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. By successfully procuring funding from these major foundations he has made it possible for teachers from rural and urban public schools not only to attend the Bread Loaf program but also to use the new skill sets they acquired at Bread Loaf in their own classrooms.

In collaboration with Dixie Goswami, a longtime Bread Loaf faculty member and professor emerita at Clemson, he has put the Bread Loaf Teacher Network on the map as a powerfully innovative, international professional development community, dedicated to revolutionizing education year-round.

Jim added to Bread Loaf’s core campuses in Vermont and Oxford two new program sites in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1991), and Asheville, North Carolina (2006), with curricula tailored to their unique cultural locales.

As director, Jim Maddox has been especially committed to extending the reach and range of the program. From the beginning of his term, he has worked to increase the diversity of Bread Loaf’s students and faculty, reaching out to applicants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, for example, and establishing the Alexander Twilight Scholarship to recognize students who themselves further the cause of diversity in their lives, scholarship, or teaching.

Jim holds a B.A., summa cum laude, in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Yale. His many publications include Joyce’s Ulysses and the Assault upon Character, “ ‘Eumaeus’ and the Theme of Return in Ulysses,” “Lovelace and the World of Ressentiment in Clarissa,” and “Interpreter Crusoe,” along with many book reviews, papers, and presentations.

Above all, Jim Maddox has made Bread Loaf a place where collaboration and creativity thrive. In his famous opening day addresses, he might quote a slogan from a mayonnaise jar or relate a history of Bread Loaf’s benefactor Joseph Battell (a different version each summer). Whether he was diving for the oyster at the annual square dance or playing “Old Capulet” in the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble’s production of Romeo and Juliet, whether he was discussing the finer points of plants, Proust, or Indian pots over a Bread Loaf meal, or strutting his stuff in a Bread Loaf bocce ball tournament, Jim Maddox brought extraordinary life and energy to the program. Summer after summer, he would invite major scholars and artists (Seamus Heaney, Tony Kushner, Julia Alvarez, Stephen Greenblatt, David Henry Hwang, and John Ashbery) to share their work with the Bread Loaf community. He introduced courses on jazz, ballads, opera, and hip hop into the Bread Loaf curriculum, and opened the door to the much needed development of peer-run Writing Centers across the Bread Loaf campuses.

This month also marks the departure of Lucy Maddox. Like Jim, Lucy has taught as a beloved Bread Loaf faculty member since the 1970’s. Professor emerita of English at Georgetown University, Lucy has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a number of areas, including American Indian literature and modern and contemporary American literature along with core courses for the American Studies program and she was the editor of American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association, from 1994 until 2003. Her publications include Nabokov’s Novels in English (University of Georgia Press); Removals: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Politics of Indian Affairs (Oxford University Press); Citizen Indians: Native American Intellectuals, Race, and Reform (Cornell University Press); and “Susan Fenimore Cooper and the Plain Daughters of America.”

Always open to new ideas, new courses, and new projects, Jim Maddox has run the Bread Loaf School of English with inimitable intelligence, grace, and wit. As his legacy, he leaves behind a thriving community of scholars and learners that is as diverse as it is creative and absolutely top of the line. Now the largest English literature graduate program in the United States, with about 500 students across four campuses, the Bread Loaf School of English awards about 90 M.A. and M. Litt. degrees every summer.

We will have more news to share with you in the near future about Emily Bartels, Jim’s successor, who in addition to her work at Bread Loaf is a professor of English at Rutgers.

But for now, all of their Middlebury colleagues, longtime and new, wish Jim and Lucy Maddox the very best.

Ronald D. Liebowitz

Pedagogy Series Event tomorrow

Dear Colleagues,

CTLR’s 2011 Pedagogy Series continues tomorrow, January 14th with a lecture and discussion, Race and Nature Writing, presented by John Elder. This event is co-sponsored with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Please see below for a description and more information. We hope to see you there.

All the best,
Jeanne Albert

Race and Nature Writing
A Lecture and Discussion
John Elder
Friday, January 14 • 12:30 – 2:00 pm • Lunch provided at noon
Hillcrest 103 (Orchard Room)
The subjects of race and environmental justice have become increasingly central to environmental studies in general and the literature of nature in particular. To complement the Thoreauvian tradition of nature writing, John Elder has used texts by American writers of color and the haiku of Basho. During his presentation, Professor Elder will offer a personal account of this experience, and will also read selections from his current project. He will describe how his perception of the Vermont landscape has been transformed by learning more about Vermont’s Abenaki heritage and about a community of African-American farmers in the town of Hinesburg. There will be ample opportunity after his presentation to discuss other ways that faculty members integrate issues of race and cultural diversity into their classes.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

Seeking experienced NEASC reviewers

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As you most likely know, we are under review for reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the fall. One aspect of this process involves a visit from a team of external reviewers (faculty and staff colleagues from other institutions). As we prepare for this visit, the Reaccreditation Steering Committee would like to ask for input from experienced NEASC reviewers, i.e., individuals who have served on reaccreditation review teams for other schools. We think it might be helpful to hear suggestions from those who have participated in this process about what worked and what didn’t when they were visiting other campuses.

We would like to schedule an informal meeting in the coming weeks, perhaps over lunch, with any of you who have served in this capacity and would be willing to share your experiences. If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email, and we will set up a meeting at a time that is convenient.

Thank you.


Susan M. Campbell
Chair of the College’s Reaccreditation
Dean of Planning and Assessment