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LPDF Funding Deadline is April 25

Dear Colleagues,

This is an invitation to apply for funding under the Long-term Professional Development Fund. This program was developed to complement the yearly faculty professional development fund (FPDF).  Tenured colleagues who need multiple-year funding for their long-term research and course development projects (current or future), should consider applying.

The goal of this fund is to encourage innovative and significant professional development opportunities. It supports travel, research assistance, computer equipment, training in technology, and taking courses.


All tenured faculty, including those on regular leave, are eligible to apply to LPDF. Colleagues who have received funds from endowed chairs or enrichment funds from other College sources, will not be eligible for LPDF.  LPDF grants are considered to be once-in-a-career awards, so applications from previous recipients will have low priority.  During the time that you have LPDF funding you are still eligible for FPDF for travel unrelated to this project.

Application Procedures and Deadline:

The deadline for LPDF applications for projects beginning in fiscal year 2011-2012 is Monday, April 25, 2011. A form is enclosed with this message.  Applications should be sent to the office of the Dean of the Faculty (c/o Lynn Dunton).

Project Duration and Funding:

The duration of an LPDF project should be in the range of 3 to 5 years, with a total project cost in the neighborhood of $4,500 to $13,000.  If you receive enrichment funds during the period of your LPDF grant, you will be asked to relinquish your LPDF funding.


To follow the progress of each project and to determine whether any changes should be made to the terms and needs of the project, recipients will be expected to submit an annual update each June.  The summary (no longer than one page) will be used to approve the continuation of the grant for the following fiscal year.  A meeting will be scheduled with the Dean of the Faculty if the project has changed significantly from the original proposal.

I anticipate that LPDF will serve your needs well, and I look forward to receiving proposals from many of you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jim Ralph
Dean of the Faculty

Early Arrival – Fall Term 2011

Dear Colleagues,

In anticipation of fall term 2011, I write to highlight a few details concerning students’ return to campus.

During the summer, students studying in the language school and faculty teaching in these programs occupy residence halls and academic buildings for the bulk of the summer.  There is little time for facilities services to repair, clean, and have all other residence hall spaces ready for occupation prior to the official opening.

In order to ensure that all residence halls are properly cleaned and all repairs have been completed, no returning student may return to his or her assigned residence hall prior to Saturday, September 10, at 9:00 A.M.

Requests for exceptions to this policy may be directed to the following offices:

Individual Requests for Early Arrival: Requests for early arrival will be considered only in cases of personal emergency and must be approved by the Commons Dean.  Commons deans will only consider requests for early returns for individual students within their Commons.    Requests based on convenience or travel arrangements will not be considered.

Departments and Student Group Requests for Early Arrival: Departments and student groups that request to return to campus early must have a compelling reason.  Written requests must be submitted to the Dean of the College office no later than May 4, 2011.  A limited number of groups will receive approval.  The return dates for Fall Term athletic teams will be reviewed and approved by the Dean of the College and the Athletic Director, Erin Quinn.

The following groups are pre-approved to return early: RAs, FYCs, Commons Council Chairs, MCAB, SGA, student orientation staff and student summer workers who are contracted and approved to work. Staff organizers for these programs will communicate the appropriate return dates to these groups.

Also, please note that the residence halls will re-open in January on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. for the start of classes on Monday, January 9, 2012.

Best wishes on a successful completion of spring semester.


Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College
On behalf of the Early Arrivals Committee

Reaccreditation Open Meeting April 11

To the College Community,

As you know, Middlebury is undergoing its scheduled reaccreditation review this year.  One important aspect of Middlebury’s review for reaccreditation is to give the Middlebury community the opportunity to respond to the self study, which is available for review until April 18.  I am writing to let you know about open meetings scheduled for next week at which we will provide an overview of the themes of the self study and take questions and comments.  I hope you will be able to attend.



Monday, April 11, 12:15 p.m., McCullough Social Space

All are invited.

Please bring your lunch.  Lemonade and cookies will be provided.

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., Axinn 229

This meeting is specifically for students.

Lemonade and cookies will be provided.

Read the Self Study

Commencement Information for Faculty

Schedule Modifications for 2011

Please consult the Commencement web page for the complete Commencement schedule.

There have been modifications to the schedule on Saturday to accommodate the addition of “Discussions with Honored Guests”  on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.

President’s Luncheon

The President’s Luncheon in honor of the Senior Class will be held on Saturday, May 21 in Proctor and Ross Dining Halls at 12:00 p.m.  All seniors and their guests are invited to attend.  Faculty are invited to attend as well.

Commencement exercises

Commencement exercises will take place on Sunday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. on the Central College Lawn (in the vicinity of Munroe and Voter Halls), rain or shine.  Please come prepared for any kind of weather, and please wear shoes appropriate for damp, grassy terrain.  Faculty members are requested to march in the Commencement procession in academic regalia.  The College will pay the regalia rental fees for all untenured members of the faculty.  The enclosed regalia order form should be returned to the College Store by FRIDAY, APRIL 22, and you are responsible for picking up your gown at the College Store starting on Wednesday, May 18.

Although the College pays the cost of renting academic gowns for all untenured faculty who do not have their own regalia, tenured faculty are expected to assume rental costs themselves or purchase academic robes.  In the hope of making it easier for faculty to buy their own gowns, we are happy to offer a loan program for the purchase of academic regalia. If you purchase your gown through the College Store, we will pay the initial cost and deduct the purchase price at a rate of $10 per paycheck until the gown is paid for. This program is open to all faculty, tenured or untenured, and does not change our policy regarding the rental of academic gowns.  Please contact the College Store (x2673) for further instructions.

Faculty may robe and store belongings in Old Chapel 206.  The faculty procession will form promptly at 9:30 a.m., on the east side of Old Chapel on the diagonal sidewalk between Warner and the Library.  The faculty procession will face Old Chapel.

Faculty Marshals for this year’s Commencement are Faculty Marshals for this year’s Commencement are Laurie L. Essig, Bertram N. Johnson, Matthew O. Kimble, and Hedya Klein. Two Faculty Marshals and the department chairpersons (or their designates) will lead the faculty procession.  Emeriti faculty will follow, and then the remaining members of the teaching faculty.  Seats for faculty will be provided on the flanks of the stage facing the platform, and Commencement programs will be available at the back of each tent.  Members of the faculty will be seated by the Faculty Marshals.

After the Commencement exercises there will be a luncheon on Mead Chapel Lawn for graduates and their guests.  All faculty and their spouses and partners are invited.  In the event of inclement weather, the luncheon will be held in Atwater and Ross dining halls.

The Academic Regalia form can also be found on the web at the following address:

Nominations for Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients, May 2012

Dear Members of the Class of 2012, and Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Nominations for persons to be considered as Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients at the May 2012 Commencement should be submitted to my office, in confidence, by replying to this message no later than Monday, April 18th.

The Honorary Degree Committee of the Board of Trustees, which also includes student and faculty members, recommends to the President a slate of nominees for Commencement speaker and honorary degrees. I serve as the administrative liaison with the committee. The committee welcomes nominations from members of the rising senior class and from members of the faculty and staff.

Our goal is to honor people who are distinguished beyond mere celebrity, and whose presence at our Commencement would enable us to recognize excellence in a wide range of human endeavors. Many honorary degree recipients have a connection with Middlebury, as alumni, parents, or friends of the College, or as residents of Vermont.

To provide the Committee with background information about a nominee, please include a biographical sketch, curriculum vitae, link to a Web page with biographical information, or an entry from Who’s Who or a similar reference source.

Please note that the process of assembling a slate of candidates and extending the invitations from the President takes many months; thus the outcome of this process is not likely to be known until late winter. It’s not uncommon for an individual who is invited to decline an invitation, and in some instances an invitation may be carried over to a future year. However, all completed nominations (and there are many!) are forwarded to the Honorary Degree Committee and they do receive consideration. The committee members and President Liebowitz appreciate your nominations.

Susan Campbell

Faculty and Staff Authors Reception

Please join us for the Faculty Author’s Reception to be held Friday, April 29, 2011 in Library 101, Special Collections, at 4:30 p.m.

This reception is held to honor faculty who have published books (written, translated, or edited) in the last year. There will be an exhibit of the published books and refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Jim Ralph

James Ralph
Dean of the Faculty
Rehnquist Professor of American History and Culture