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Teaching at Middlebury WordPress site

Teaching at Middlebury WordPress Site

The  Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research have been working together to develop a site where Middlebury College faculty can share different teaching methods that are being used across campus. We will also use this site to collect, organize and share resources that can be used to achieve different learning goals. Examples of stories currently featured on the site include:

  • Ways that faculty are using different annotation methods to provide feedback and emphasize close readings of texts
  • Creating collaborative resources to highlight and contextualize course content and themes

We are pleased to share the start of the Teaching at Middlebury site and look forward to working with all of you  to develop and refine the work that has already been done. It is designed to be a dynamic source of new content, connections and opportunities, so we hope you will engage, return, and share your work as you begin or continue your journey as educators at Middlebury. Please visit the site at http://sites.middlebury.edu/teach

We look forward to featuring your work soon!

 

Submit A Winter Term Workshop Proposal

DO YOU HAVE A TALENT? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE IT? SIGN UP TO TEACH A WINTER TERM WORKSHOP. Winter Term Workshop will run from January 11, 2016 – February 5, 2016. These non-credit workshops are open to the entire College community during Winter Term. DEADLINE for workshop proposals is midnight on Friday, October 9th. Please make sure to use either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to submit your proposal. Contact Maria Farnsworth in Student Activities at x3156 if you have any questions. Proposal forms can be found at: go/wtwproposal.

Cynthia Packert awarded NEH Enduring Questions grant

Cynthia Packert (History of Art & Architecture) has been awarded an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of a new course on the topic of “Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?” The proposed new course will consider selected Asian and Islamic artworks in the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s permanent collection to explore this fundamental question. Through an intensive combination of close looking, critical analysis, and comparative consideration of diverse artworks and aesthetic traditions, students will ask how the act of beholding is entwined with cultural assumptions and conditioning and address those preconceptions by focusing on specific Asian and Islamic works. The course will be offered twice during the next three years.

Judge Bill Sessions ’69 Will Speak on “Passing Judgment” on April 23

JUDGE WILLIAM K. SESSIONS III TO GIVE PUBLIC LECTURE IN MIDDLEBURY SPONSORED BY THE HAWTHORNE CLUB AND THE HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM

Middlebury, VT…How does a judge make a sentence fit the crime or settle a contested public issue?

On April 23, 2015, at 7 pm, Judge William K. Sessions III will speak on the topic Passing Judgment at the inaugural public lecture presented by Middlebury’s Hawthorne Club in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  He will offer his own thoughtful answers to those questions.  His presentation will take place at The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court (at the corner of Charles Avenue).  Admission is free.  Parking is available at the nearby Middlebury Union High School.

Judge Sessions, a member of the Middleburg College Class of 1969, will reflect on his 20 years on the federal bench, discussing the judicial processes he uses – balancing the merits of a case, the history of relevant laws, and the impact on public policy and community sentiments.  During his judicial career, he has rendered judgment and covered such topics as climate change, campaign finance reform, equal pay for women, buffer zones at abortion clinics, application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and national sentencing policy.

Judge Sessions was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  From 2002-2010, he was the Court’s Chief Judge, and has held senior status there since 2013. He was also nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1999 to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing policy for the federal courts.  In 2009 he was nominated to serve as the Commission’s Chair by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Judge Sessions has lived in Addison County for more than 40 years, serving as a law clerk, an Addison County Public Defender, and in private practice.  He has also been an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School.  In addition, as visitors to the Middlebury Farmers Market are aware, he is a frequent presence selling cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, which is owned by his daughter and son-in-law.

The Hawthorne Club was founded in 1877 to establish closer relations between members of the Middlebury College community and citizens of the town.  It is named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, a national literary hero whose talks at the College made him a local celebrity as well. Historically, Hawthorne Club meetings have featured presentations by members on literary subjects and on relevant topics of interest to speakers and members.  In more recent years outside speakers regularly have been invited to address the group.

In 2014, the Club decided to broaden its horizons by sharing at least one offering a year with the community-at-large in partnership with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  Chartered in 1882, the Sheldon Museum, located at One Park Street, Middlebury, tells the history of the Mid-Lake Champlain region through its rich collections, archives, and innovative exhibitions.

The two organizations chose Judge Sessions – a Middlebury College graduate, local resident, distinguished jurist, and community volunteer – as its inaugural lecturer.  His life epitomizes the values and reflects the missions of each organization.

For more information contact: William F. Brooks, Jr.,   wbrooks@henrysheldonmuseum.org, 802/388-2117

 

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 17 faculty positions, 38 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 4 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Aqua Aerobic’s at the Natatorium

Aqua Aerobic’s at the Natatorium

Wednesday’s and Friday’s starting December 3rd

Come one, come all, to early morning aqua aerobics class.
We will start about 6:10 am, come join early morning workouts.
Great way to start your day.

Questions – contact Norma Leduc

Assistant Aquatic’s Director

leduc@middlebury.edu or x-2242

Break buses available for Faculty and Staff travel

The SGA sponsors  buses during all academic breaks to assist students with traveling off campus at a reasonable price.  This service has now been extended to faculty and staff.

Break Bus Destinations:

Burlington International Airport/Greyhound Station ($20 one way)

Boston, South Station ($50 one way)

NYC Grand Central Station/White Plains, NY ($60 one way)

NY Penn Station/Ridgewood, NJ ($60 one way)

All buses depart with

direct routes right from Adirondack Circle (ADK)

To view schedules, make reservations or get more info:
go/boxoffice
Visit the McCullough or Mahaney Center for the Arts (MCA) box office
Call 802.443.6433 or 802.443.3168

Annual Winter Clothing Closet Accepting Donations!

The time has come to begin collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothing Closet! 
Each year, ISSS and the CRAs team up to organize a clothing drive to benefit international and domestic students in need of warm winter clothes.

What we are looking for: “like new” or “gently used” winter clothing. We are especially in need of coats, jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, sweaters, and footwear.

Where to bring your donations: Collection boxes can be found in the following locations from September 22nd to October 8th:

  • Atwater Commons Office – Allen 153
  • Brainerd Commons Office – Stewart Hall 214
  • Cook Commons Office – Battell North 150
  • Ross Commons Office – Ross Dining Hall 005 (below the fireplace lounge)
  • Wonnacott Commons Office – Battell South 123
  • Proctor and Ross Dining Halls – Inside main entrances
  • Athletics Complex – Inside the squash lobby and inside the fitness center entrance
  • Davis Family Library – Underneath the printer status sign, near the Information Desk
  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall – Near staircase in the Great Hall
  • McCullough Student Center – Near the entrance to Crossroads
  • ISSS Office – Carr Hall by front entrance
  • Sunderland/Dana Auditorium – Main entrance
  • Adirondack House – Under television near the main desk downstairs
  • 118 South Main Street House
  • Service Building / Facilities Services – Inside Facilities Services break room

A big thank you to all offices hosting collection boxes this year and to all of you who are able to contribute!

Questions?
Please contact Brainerd CRA Angela Santee at asantee@middlebury.edu or Joani Taylor at jntaylor@middlebury.edu.