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HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 16 faculty positions, 46 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 1 internal job posting 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)

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Faculty Stories: Roberto Lint Sagarena, American Studies

Quoted: Rana Abdelhamid ’15 on Impact of Bill Maher’s Comments on Islam

Middlebury College Theatre Presents 1920s Jewish Comedy “Mendel, Inc.”

Incoming Student Makes Time’s List of Most Influential Teens of 2014

Homecoming ’14 Oct. 17-18

Quoted: Barbara Hofer on Technology and the Study Abroad Experience

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

The Role of Grading

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Please join us on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the CTLR (LIB 225), at 12:15 PM.

To many faculty, grading is a necessary burden that accompanies the more invigorating dimensions of teaching.  Grading’s secure place in the academy, however, often forestalls sustained discussion of its purpose and operation.  This Academic Roundtable, which will be facilitated by Don Wyatt of the History Department and Jane Chaplin of the Classics Department, will explore the following questions:  How does grading best promote student learning?  What are strategies for discussing grades with disgruntled or disappointed students? Can grades be used for both process and product in the same course?  Should we be concerned about grade inflation?  And is there an art to grading?

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library.

What’s New with Flexible Spending Accounts

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Keeping more in your pocket…..

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are more compelling than ever now that the government has modified its “use-it or lose-it” rule.  You can now rollover up to $500 of unused Health Care FSA funds at the end of the plan year, to be used the following plan year.

Health Care FSAs have always been a great way for you to budget for out-of-pocket health care expenses.  Contributions to the Health Care FSA are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis – reducing your taxable income and increasing your spendable income by an average of 30% of your annual contribution.  The government has modified its use-it or lose-it rule to allow up to $500 of unused Health Care FSA funds to rollover for use in the following plan year.  Now, you can maximize your tax savings by maximizing your Health Care FSA contributions up to the $2,500 annual limit.

The benefits of the new FSA rule:

  • Rollover up to $500 of unused Health Care FSA funds to the following plan year
  • The rollover amount does not affect the following year’s maximum contribution amount.  You can still contribute up to the maximum allowance of $2,500
  • Maximize your tax savings by increasing your contribution
  • The new rule does not affect the March 15th deadline to submit claims
  • Your entire annual election is still available at the beginning of the plan year

The risk of forfeiting funds has been greatly reduced.  The stress of choosing the “right” election amount has been reduced.  Increasing your contribution amount will automatically increase your tax savings.  Enroll during Open Enrollment (Nov 1st-14th) to enjoy the benefits of the new Health Care FSA rollover provision for 2015.

FSA Rollover Q&A

 

Save the Date: Open Enrollment November 1st-14th

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Benefits open enrollment is being conducted electronically again this year.  You will be receiving an e-mail (ooa Oct 31st) detailing our 2015 benefits as well as step-by-step instructions on how to enroll using BannerWeb.  Human Resources will gladly help you through the process; if you have questions please call x2320.

Flexible Spending Accounts – it’s not too early to start calculating your 2015 annual election.  Per federal law, this year’s annual limit is $2,500 (plus you may roll up to $500 of unused 2014 Health Care FSA funds into your 2015 account).  If you will have large medical expenses next year (orthodontist work, laser eye surgery, etc.) you should make sure you know how much your out of pocket cost will be for these services before Open Enrollment starts.

For additional information on Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Planning Worksheet visit the Flex Spending webpage.

For Questions and Answers regarding the Health Care FSA rollover click here

All benefits eligible Faculty and Staff are required to complete Open Enrollment between November 1st & 14th.

Faculty and Staff Families: Attend the Page One Halloween Party!

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Page One Literacy is a Middlebury College student organization that seeks to foster a love of reading and learning in the Middlebury community. We do this by organizing various after school reading programs in local elementary schools, but we also occasionally have fun holiday events and our first one of the year is coming up! We will be having a Halloween-themed craft and reading party at the Swift House Inn (25 Steward Lane, Middlebury) on Sunday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We would love it if you and your children would join us! Questions? Contact Anna Dennis ’17.5, atdennis@middlebury.edu .

Oct. 20 – 24: Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium

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Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium at Middlebury College
October 20 – 24, 2014
Organized by Middlebury students in the Eat Real student group
Schedule of Events

This year’s MCAB fall symposium, hosted by EatReal, focuses on food justice and injustice on local, national, and international scales. Highlighting the social and political implications of food production and consumption, we will also explore how class, gender, and race are intrinsically linked to our present food system. Numerous lectures and workshops will help us to critically examine how policy and activism can address food security and access, creating a more socially just food system for all. For more information, visit go/eatreal.

Tuesday, October 21
Eric Holt-Giménez. Food Regimes and Food Movements: Time for Transformation
Wilson Hall, McCullough
7:30 p.m.
This talk by Eric Holt-Giménez is part of the Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium, co-hosted by student group EatReal and MCAB, that will focus on access to sustainable and healthy food at a local, national, and global level.  Holt-Giménez is Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, a “peoples’ think-and-do tank” dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation. Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC, where he monitored the projects and policies of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Tuesday, October 21
Migrant Justice Panel
Axinn Center 100
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper. On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post] Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics
Mead Chapel
7:30 p.m.
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

Thursday, October 23
Hunger Free Vermont
Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest 103 (The Orchard)
4:30 p.m.

View the poster for a full schedule of events: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486769/original/food_injustice_small.pdf