Registration Open for 2015 Teaching and Writing Retreat

We invite you to the 28th annual overnight retreat, sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research and the Writing Program, to be held at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, about 45 minutes south of Middlebury ( We will begin with lunch on Wednesday, August 26 and end in the afternoon on Thursday, August 27.

Learn more about the retreat here. Registration is available online here.


Science of Learning in Action: A Two-day Learning Institute May 27-28, 2015

To view a full description of the two-day learning institute and to register, please turn to the institute’s webpage

This two-day learning institute builds upon the growing body of research on how people learn and highlights how this understanding informs pedagogy, student engagement, and innovative classroom practice. Victor Benassi and Catherine Overson of the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will share their expertise and experiences with us as will members of the Middlebury faculty.

It is our hope that those who will register for the conference will participate in the full program so that a strong sense of shared involvement will inform the institute.

The first twenty persons who register will receive copies of either Susan A. Ambrose et al.’s How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching or Peter Brown et al.’s Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.


Ward Prize nomination deadline: June 15th

Faculty may nominate First-Year Students for The Paul Ward ’25 Prize in Writing for First-Year Students. Please help identify and encourage academic excellence in the Class of 2018 by uploading  a copy of your first-year students’ best papers to this online form:  go/wardsubmit. JoAnn Brewer  is happy to help you if you have any difficulties with the form.  E-mail Mary Ellen Bertolini ( if you have any questions about eligible work.


Ninth Student Symposium Showcases Creativity, Inquiry

Release by Middlebury Communications

April 10, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – More than 300 Middlebury students showcased their creative and intellectual pursuits over two days at the ninth annual Student Symposium. McCardell Bicentennial Hall was filled with energy and a festive atmosphere on Friday as students presented posters of their independent research and conducted oral presentations in rooms throughout the building.

Poster presentations in the MBH Great Hall.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Andi Lloyd welcomed the crowd on Friday morning. “When I looked through the catalog of talks last night, I couldn’t help but marvel at the sheer breadth of your collective endeavors,” Lloyd told the student presenters. She noted that there were scientific, literary, musical, and theatrical talks – often intermingled in the same session. read more

The Middlebury Spring Symposium is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Learning and Research

Embracing Not-yetness in Emerging Technologies and Digital Learning

Lecture by:
Amy Collier, Ph.D.
Senior Director for Inspiration and Outreach
Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Stanford University

Tuesday, March 31
Light lunch will be served

Event link

Much of the discourse on emerging technologies centers on tidy, efficient, and measurable uses of those technologies for student learning or it dwells on their invasive, disruptive, or deterministic potential. This talk will take a different approach to emerging technologies for learning—viewing them as providing opportunities for beautiful complexity, curiosity and play, and inclusion. We will explore the notion of not-yetness as a fruitful conceptual space for emerging technologies and discuss how we might embrace not-yetness in our work. Moving away from utopian and dystopian narratives that accompany technology, we will instead examine not-yetness as a space for exploring what is possible and what is exciting about emerging technologies for learning.

Dr. Collier oversees outreach to faculty, departments, schools, and external collaborators to help collect and share good ideas for digital learning. She helps to launch and manage new learning-focused projects to ensure that those projects have productive teams and resources to succeed. Prior to this role at Stanford, Amy Collier was the director of digital learning initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), where she led the online and blended course design and teaching initiatives and conducted research to inform effective practices across the University.

Laptops in the classroom?

MIDDLEBURY Communications Article

Should students be permitted to use their laptop computers in the classroom?

An academic roundtable of Middlebury students, faculty, and staff opposed any all-campus prohibition on laptops in the classroom, and raised key issues about the needs of students with disabilities and those for whom English is not their first language.

The gathering on March 10 sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR) also discussed the so-called “nearby-peers effect,” how knowledge can best be gained and retained, and whether the use of personal devices in the classroom affects the quality of higher education.- See more at:

Professional Development Workshops Presented by John Tallmadge

Join us for professional development workshops presented by John Tallmadge, an educational and literary consultant (who is the author of Meeting the Tree of Life: A Teacher’s Path), on Friday, March 6th, in the CTLR Suite in the Davis Family Library. John has worked with a number of Middlebury faculty. To sign up, please visit

The three workshops on Friday are:

12:15-1:20 pm Workshop 1 – Staying Alive in the Beginning and Warrior Phases of a Career (for junior and term faculty) – This workshop is primarily for junior faculty as well as to those not on the tenure track and deals with the challenges of leading a balanced life during the beginning and warrior phases of one’s career. Lunch included.

1:30-2:30 pm Workshop 2 – Academic Publishing: from leveraging the dissertation to rendering mature work into articles and books (for all ranks) – This workshop, designed for both junior and senior faculty, deals with the nuts and bolts of academic publishing, both for those just getting started and for those whose experience may feel a bit out of date; it covers journals (print and online) as well as books.

2:45-3:45 pm Workshop 3 – Staying Vital in the Citizen and Later Phases of a Career: leadership, mentoring, and retirement (for senior faculty) – This workshop engages senior faculty in the citizen and later phases of their careers, when leadership calls and retirement looms (or beckons) and the challenges of leading a balanced, healthy life can feel particularly acute.

Application Deadline for Spring Student Symposium is Fri. 2/27

Remember to submit your application by midnight on Friday, 2/27 to present in the Spring Student Symposium this April! Check out the video below to hear from fellow students who have presented why they would do it again.


Dear Students and Colleagues:

Join us in celebrating the diversity of a Middlebury education! The 2015 Spring Student Symposium will begin in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Thursday night, April 9 with a keynote talk by Kevin Murungi ’01, the Director of Human Rights and Foreign Policy at Global Kids, followed by a reception and student presentations. The Symposium continues all day Friday, April 10 with presentations of student work in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.

We invite students from all four years and in all departments and programs to participate. If you have done research in a class, independently, or through an internship; if you would like to read, show, or perform a creative work; if you have a project to present in a poster or oral format, please apply to present your academic work! The application deadline is February 27, 2015.

Why you should present with graphic

More information and the application are available at the Undergraduate Research website at

Students: Your application must include a project description (200 words) that has been approved by your faculty or staff sponsor.

Faculty and Staff: Please encourage students to apply.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Symposium!

Pat Manley, Professor of Geology
Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

for the Spring Symposium Planning Committee

…the Symposium encapsulates Middlebury at its best. It was valuable for me to prepare and then present in a professional setting. An equally valuable component of the Symposium is how it celebrates students work. I am grateful that Middlebury has put time, energy and thought into a creating a day that celebrates all that goes on here– much of which could go unseen and unheard.
— 2014 Symposium Participant

Writing In the Changing Academy

The Writing Program invites you to attend one of the events in our upcoming symposium, Writing In the Changing Academy.

Tues, Feb 24 4:30- 6 pm, “Memoria: Every Writer’s Muse,” an interactive lecture with Victor Villanueva,Regents Professor and Director of the Writing Program at Washington State University, author of the award-winning book:Bootstraps, From an American Academic of Color, Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2013 CE..Abernethy Room

Wed, Feb. 25 12:15-1:30 pm, “Writing, Identity and Power,” a student-led conversation for faculty, students and staff. Carr Hall Lounge. If you know that you plan to attend lunch, please RSVP our coordinator, Sheerya Shivers, If you can’t commit to lunch in advance, you are still very welcome to show up.

Sadly, because of illness of the speaker, the Wednesday lecture is cancelled.

4:30-6 pm, “Traveling Down a Desire Line: Surviving Where Academia and Community Meet,” an interactive lecture with Julianna Ávila, Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, author of Moving Critical Literacies Forward: A New Look at Praxis Across Contexts (Routledge). Robert A. Jones House

Mary Ellen Bertolini
Writing Center Director & Senior Lecturer, Writing
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research