Category Archives: For Faculty

Google Apps now available through the Course Hub

We are pleased to announce that instructors can now create Google Apps folders for their classes via the Course Hub. The following short video shows the process:

The Course Hub will create the class folder and share it with the instructors, students, and audits groups for your course section. The Hub also makes it easy to set the default role for students/audits: either “Reader” which can only view documents and files or “Writer” which allows students/audits to create and upload documents and files.

As recently announced, we hope to provide a similar integration for Office 365/OneDrive in the coming months.


Middlebury Language faculty: Apply to join the AALAC workshop on Digital Language Learning, April 7-8, 2017

co00-2008-logo-003We are pleased to announce a workshop on Digital Language Learning: A Liberal Arts Exploration of New Modes of Teaching and Learning Languages that will be hosted by Middlebury, April 7-8, 2017. 

The workshop, which is funded by the Association for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), will include conversations about how the digital can transform language learning in liberal arts contexts. Specifically, participants will look at the ways in which digital language learning transforms traditional language learning environments by amplifying deep connections, improving differentiated instruction, and extending language learning beyond the walls of the classroom. To read a complete description of the workshop, please follow this link.

Non-Middlebury attendees will have a travel allowance of up to $650 to attend this workshop, generously provided by AALAC funding. Because funding is limited, we will accept only a limited number of attendees from other schools.

Since you are a faculty member at Middlebury College and will not need travel funding, please submit an application to participate in the workshop via this link (Institute faculty, please use this link to apply and we will discuss internal funding for your travel).

Applications are due November 4, 2016. Attendees will be selected based on the expertise and experience they will bring to the workshop, and with a goal of diversifying participation across AALAC schools and languages. The workshop organizing committee, consisting of faculty from various AALAC schools, will notify applicants of their acceptance status by December 1, 2016.

Organizing committee:

Steve Snyder, Dean of Language Schools and Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies, Middlebury College

Gabriele Dillman, Associate Professor of German and Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair, Denison University

Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor of Modern Language and Literatures and Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College

Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese, Pomona College

Renee Jourdenais, Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education, Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey

Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair, Vassar College

Ann Sherif, Professor of Japanese, Oberlin College

Tatiana Smorodinska, Professor of Russian, Middlebury College

Tom Van Order, Associate Professor of Italian, Middlebury College

Benefits Open Enrollment Coming Soon

open-ePlease mark your calendars – the annual open enrollment period for Middlebury’s health and welfare benefit plans will be held from November 1st through the 14th.  All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the on-line process during this window so please watch your email on November 1st for instructions and benefit details.  If you will be out of town and will not have access to the internet during the open enrollment period please contact Human Resources at 802-443-5465 before November 1st to make alternate enrollment arrangements.  Meanwhile, to reduce pressure on yourself during the open enrollment period consider beginning the process of estimating your flexible spending account elections now, so that you are ready to go when open enrollment starts.

–Cheryl Mullins

Flu Vaccines

HR doorThe following applies to all members of the Middlebury College Health Plan, employees and dependents alike.

We are pleased to announce that our prescription plan will cover flu vaccines at a $0 co-pay for employees enrolled in Middlebury College’s medical insurance plan.  To take advantage of this $0 co-pay program, employees can choose from any of the following options through December 31, 2016:

  1. Visit any of the participating pharmacies in the Magellan network (here is a link to participating pharmacies in VT and CA), and present your CBA Blue ID Card to receive the vaccine for a $0 co-pay.
  2. If you choose to visit a non-participating pharmacy, you can still receive the vaccine. You will be required to pay full cost at the time of administration; however, request an itemized receipt to submit the claim directly to CBA Blue for 100% reimbursement from the medical plan.
  3. Visit a Blue Cross/Blue Shield doctor. The doctor’s office will submit the claim directly to CBA Blue, and the claim will be paid 100% from the medical plan.
  4. If you choose to visit an out-of-network doctor, you can still receive the vaccine. You will be required to pay full cost at the time of administration; however, request an itemized receipt to submit the claim directly to CBA Blue for 100% reimbursement from the medical plan.

Since there are many convenient and free ways to get a flu shot, Middlebury will not be hosting on-site clinics for employees this year.  We encourage you to take advantage of the $0 co-pay program today.

Please feel free to contact Franklin Daniel or Nancy Lindberg at 802-443-3372 with any questions.

New Cloud File Storage: Welcome to Your New “Home”!

cloudsMicrosoft’s OneDrive file storage system has just been turned on for all staff, faculty, and students on the Middlebury campus and at MIIS.  Now that our e-mail has successfully moved to the cloud, we turn next to Middfiles “home” folders.  Don’t panic!  You’re not in this alone — we’re here to help.  To take advantage of the many benefits of cloud storage, you’ll want to begin by moving the contents of your “home” folder from Middfiles to OneDrive.  (“Orgs” and “Classes” folders on Middfiles are staying put for now.)  If you are already using cloud storage through Google, you may certainly use this service instead.  Our goal is for all of you to complete the move of your Middfiles “home” folders to the cloud by the end of this year.

In the upcoming weeks ITS will be scheduling training for partners across the Midd community so we can work together to assist anyone who needs a hand with this exciting, new service.  We will also provide documentation, online tutorials, and workshops designed to get you moving your files quickly and easily, using methods that work best for you.  Watch your email for upcoming details.

Can’t wait to learn more – and perhaps give things a try?  Take a look at

Midd/MIIS Travelers

travelThe following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to MIdd
Dan Stearns, Facilities

Oct 17 – 28

Melissa Sorenson, Digital Learning Commons

Nov 3-8

Mike Moore, Facilities

Oct 17 – 28

Rachel Muradyan, GSTILE

Nov 14-15

LeRoy Graham, Provost’s Office

Week of Oct 17

Kim Downs, SFS

Week of Oct 17

Norm Cushman, Facilities

Oct 24-28

Mike Roy, Library

Oct 24 & 25

Steve Snyder, Language Schools

Nov 8 – 11

Vardit Ringwald, School of Hebrew

Nov 8 – 11

Open Meetings

cignaIn November, Cigna will hold a series of open meetings (on each campus) in which they will present information on topics such as: how to access services, network coverage, switching mail order prescriptions, technology offerings, etc. Meetings will include ample time for questions from the audience. These group meetings will be offered at:

Middlebury, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Day Date Session 1 Session 2
Tuesday 11/01 8:30 – 10:00 AM 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Thursday 11/03 12:00 – 1:30 PM 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 11/08 12:00 – 1:30 PM 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Thursday 11/10 8:30 – 10:00 AM 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Monterey, McCone Boardroom
Day Date Session
Tuesday 11/01 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Thursday 11/03 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Tuesday 11/08 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Thursday 11/10 2:00 – 3:30 PM


Reminder: One on One Meetings
Please keep in mind that representatives from Cigna will be visiting both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses several times through the Fall and Winter months. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative.  If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:




Sister-to-Sister Halloween Night, Friday, Oct 21, 7-9 p.m., Chellis House

sister-to-sisterSister-to-Sister Halloween Night, Friday October 21, 7-9 p.m.

Middlebury College’s widely popular Sister-to-Sister Program is inviting all middle school girls to Chellis House (56 Hillcrest Road, white house behind Proctor Dining Hall) for a Halloween Night with pumpkin decorating and spooky games. For more information, contact or call 443-5937.

Academic Roundtable: Envisioning Undergraduate Research at Middlebury

ctlr-bannerNovember 8, 2016 @ 12:15 pm in the CTLR suite, Library 225

Undergraduate research is an important academic experience for many students. But imagine if we could provide that experience to all students. Would we want to do that?  Why?  What would it look like?  Join us for a discussion about (re) envisioning undergraduate research. Why is it an important component of a liberal arts education? How do students and faculty benefit?  Can we imagine new models of authentic research experiences and attendant creative and/or scholarly processes that make them more available to more students, using fewer resources? Are there new challenges we face?


Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research and the Library