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Grants Awarded for Faculty Development that Crosses Program Boundaries

provost_finalbannerThe One Middlebury Fund, administered by the Office of the Provost, provides resources that faculty from all Middlebury Programs (the College, the Institute, and the Schools) may use to engage in collaborative curricular, co-curricular, and scholarly endeavors with colleagues in other programs.

This fall, ten proposals received funding to collaborate on a range of projects, from developing a shared pedagogy of intercultural competence across all Middlebury programs, to exploring opportunities for collaboration in the realm of food studies.

Several projects involved faculty from the College or the Institute with schools abroad, from a lecture series with our partner universities in India, to a Spanish curriculum that will take Institute translation and interpretation students to Madrid before beginning their coursework at the Institute.

Individual scholarly endeavors leverage resources at Schools Abroad for research on Chilean archaeology, Brazilian cinema, and Japanese urban sociology, while other awards support the creation of a jazz performance for the 100th anniversary of the Spanish School next summer, and participation in a symposium on chemical and biological warfare through the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Institute Launches Expanded Translation and Localization Management Curriculum

Translation and localization management is a rapidly growing segment of a language services industry that is expanding to meet the needs of a globalizing economy. Needs within the industry are becoming more specialized, requiring some employees to have high level language translation skills, while others focus most of their work on technology or project management. Mirroring this evolution, beginning in the Fall of 2017 the Institute’s TLM program will offer three distinct tracks – Translation, Localization, and Management – that branch from a common core of nine courses.  This new design will not only better prepare students for the career tracks they hope to pursue, but will enable the Institute to recruit and admit students with a wider range of language abilities and interests.

Institute Board of Overseers Meets

The Middlebury Institute Board of Overseers met in the Monterey campus on November 14 and 15. In addition to their regular business meetings, Overseers were able to sample several varieties of immersion that characterize learning at MIIS.  Interpretation students shared their experiences interpreting for the Olympics, while another T&I group talked about interpreting for their fellow students who undertook field research in China last summer.  Students, faculty, and the directors of the Andean Alliance explained how we partner with this NGO to work with indigenous communities in Peru.  Overseers also got to see first hand the magic and the hard work that go into business case competitions, where MIIS students tend to shine. A day of exploring the Institute’s programs was capped by a reception at which students practiced their networking skills and Overseers got to see the diversity and depth of experience our students bring to their studies and careers.

Institute Holds Town Hall Meeting

MIISOn November 16, VPAA Jeff Dayton Johnson hosted a Town Hall meeting for faculty and staff to report on highlights of the fall semester, and to engage attendees in a discussion of a draft mission statement for the Institute.

Earlier in the Fall, members of the community were invited to contribute ideas for a new, more focused mission statement through an online tool that invited suggestions and allowed participants to offer amendments and vote various suggestions up or down. The Institute’s leadership groups refined this input to come up with a draft mission statement: The Middlebury Institute… educates professionals to advance understanding, promote peace, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world.

Dean Kent Glenzer led the Town Hall attendees in an exercise using instant polling software to respond to this draft. Eighty percent of the faculty and staff in attendance felt that the draft strongly or very strongly connects with their personal values; 74% felt strongly or very strongly that the draft statement reflects the reasons why they work at MIIS.

Like all Middlebury programs, the Institute is looking at its Mission Statement as part of the Envisioning Middlebury strategic planning process.

Share Your Research at the 2017 National Collegiate Research Conference–Deadline to apply Dec 2

The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association presents. . . .The 2017 National Collegiate Research Conference, January 19-21, 2017 | Harvard University Interested in research, collaboration, and innovation?  Want to present your research at Harvard, receive feedback, and win prizes? Interested in meeting some of the most talented undergraduate students in the world? Join 200 of the top undergraduate researchers […]

December EFAP News: Easing the Stress of Senior Living Transitions


What to Look Out for as Our Loved Ones Agedec-e4

December 20th 

12-1pm and 3-4pmEST
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9-10am and 12-1pm

Those of us who have senior loved ones in our lives want to be sure they’re well-cared for.  This webinar will address some of the challenges elders face as they age, and solutions that we, as caregivers, can put into place from near or afar. We will discuss common eldercare issues and which eldercare systems can best address these concerns. 

REGISTER TODAY!  Space is limited. Click on the time you would like to attend above. Or log on to with your username and password.  Click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” on the homepage and follow the easy instructions

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? We have them archived for your convenience. Visit click on E4 University, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.


Understanding Senior Stress:  How to Ease Their Stress and Your Stress Too

Many of us have senior loved ones in our lives. Have you noticed them suffering from mood swings, significantly changing their eating habits, experiencing increased memory issues, or enduring more body aches and illness? All of these could be indicators of excessive senior stress. Aging brings many challenges, and seniors who were previously happy go lucky may be experiencing depression and high anxiety.

Growing older is inevitable, and the challenges that go along with it are difficult to accept. Challenges such as:

  • Accepting that you need help with your physical and/or medical needs
  • Understanding that you can no longer maintain your home by yourself
  • Stopping driving because it is too difficult for you
  • Possibly modifying your home so it is more accessible for you
  • Considering alternative living arrangements because of your physical and/or mental needs

All of these scenarios are huge and can drastically alter lifestyles. Losing your independence may bring on feelings of shame, guilt, anger, or confusion. Seniors, along with caregivers and family members, will probably find navigating geriatric resources confusing and overwhelming. Just understanding housing options and funding is difficult. Often funding differs by state and many states label identical housing options using different terminology.


  • Have an open and honest conversation with your loved senior, and let them communicate their needs and wishes. The more you understand your loved one’s wishes and their health, the better you can help them.
  • Be patient with your loved senior. This is difficult and stressful. Try to promote the positive possibilities (ex. moving closer to loved ones and gaining new social groups).
  • Seek advice. Talk to an Eldercare Specialist (or Geriatric Care Manager) who can explain options and funding to you and possibly your loved one. Navigating these waters is difficult, and unless you are an expert in this area it is best to seek guidance. You have an Eldercare Specialist through E4 Health. Discuss options with them.
  • Have an open mind. Actively listen to your loved one, research options, visit facilities/retirement communities (with your loved one if they can), and consider all possibilities.
  • If you meet resistance, try to compromise at least temporarily (for ex. if your loved one needs help, but is scared of a nursing home, consider assisted living at a retirement community where they can transition to higher levels of care if their health deteriorates).


Encourage them to eat a nutritious diet, get sufficient sleep and rest, participate socially in groups, and engage in physical activities as much as they possibly can.

All of these suggestions will go a long way in decreasing their stress, and then ultimately your stress.

Spend time with your senior loved one. Open communication will help you and your loved one find the best care path possible.

E4 Health is a free, confidential service that’s available to you as well as your immediate household family members. We are available any time, any day to assist with any work or life issue that matters to you and your family.

For professional counseling and supportive resources, call or log on any time, any day.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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