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Middlebury College Receives 2015 Community Engagement Reclassification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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For several years the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has helped frame and articulate “best practices” in higher education/community collaboration and learning. In 2006 the Foundation offered the first elective “Community Engagement” classification. That year, Middlebury’s (then) Alliance for Civic Engagement (ACE) applied for and received recognition in the inaugural round on behalf of the College. This past year, in addition to new applications, colleges and universities that were recognized in either 2006 or 2008 needed to reapply in order to be approved for reclassification. On January 7, 2015 the Carnegie Foundation, in collaboration with the New England Research Center for higher Education (NERCHE), awarded Middlebury College and others distinction through the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

This designation recognizes excellent work by faculty, staff, and students from multiple areas across campus (e.g., academic departments in the Arts, Humanities, Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and other interdisciplinary programs; collaboration with Monterey and Schools Abroad; and offices/programs such as Community Engagement, Privilege & Poverty, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, MiddCORE, Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, FoodWorks, Athletics, the Center for Careers & Internships, the Scott Center, CTLR, Orientation, JusTalks, the Commons, and more)—along with dozens of collaborating community partners. Examples of community-connected teaching, learning, and research initiatives; faculty-advised and student-led projects; volunteer efforts; internships; off-campus federal work study commitments; grant opportunities; alternative break trips; and more—demonstrated our alignment with institutional mission and priorities, overall, and the College’s continued commitment to work with and strengthen communities through partnerships, near and far.

From the Carnegie Foundation:

“Your application documented excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement, and it responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement.  The application also documented evidence of community engagement in a coherent and compelling response to the framework’s inquiry.

“Your campus is one of 361 institutions that now hold the Community Engagement Classification.  It is heartening to see this level of commitment and activity.  Clearly, higher education is making significant strides in finding ways to engage with and contribute to important community agendas.  There is much to celebrate.”

“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”

“This is the first time that there has been a re-classification process,” noted Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar for the Community Engagement Classification, “and we are seeing renewed institutional commitment, advanced curricular and assessment practices, and deeper community partnerships, all sustained through changes in campus leadership, and within the context of a devastating economic recession.”

Middlebury is one of 157 colleges and universities in the country to receive re-classification. This reclassification is valid until 2025.

“We applaud the Carnegie Foundation for recognizing the importance of setting high standards for valuable campus/community collaboration and articulating benchmarks to help guide those of us striving to pursue excellence in our work, while also drawing national attention and recognition,” comments Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79, Director, Middlebury College Community Engagement. “One of the exciting points to underscore from this extensive self-study is the celebration that community engagement initiatives now generate from multiple points across campus, involving many more academic and co-curricular entities than was the case in 2006. While we in the Community Engagement office continue to serve as the ‘hub’ for campus community engagement initiatives, it is wonderful to see more and more positive connections campus-wide. To all who have contributed, thank you for your time, expertise, dedication, and good will as we work together to provide valuable and impactful learning experiences for our students and nurture strong and healthy communities.”

Peggy Nelson awarded supplemental NSF funding

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Peggy Nelson (Sociology-Anthropology) has received an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Supplement to the National Science Foundation grant awarded last summer to Peggy and a collaborator from Wellesley, titled Social and Biogenetic Factors of New Forms of Families. This additional funding creates an unusual research training experience by covering  travel expenses and wages for a student to accompany Peggy and her collaborator to conduct interviews during Spring Break and after the semester ends.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Faculty Stories: Jamie McCallum, Sociology

Paging Dr. King

Faculty Stories: Jessica Teets, Political Science

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Annual Performance Summary Process for Staff

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As we begin the new year, the Human Resources Office is pleased to offer  resources that we hope you will find helpful during the Annual Performance Summary (APS) process for staff members.  As you may recall, the annual performance evaluation process for staff members takes place between January 1 and March 31 of each year. 

The APS form for 2015 remains the same.  Below, please find a link to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor.  For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find this recorded presentation to be a convenient refresher. 

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/evals

In addition to the on-line tools, we are offering APS workshops for new employees and supervisors.  For those who have already attended a live or recorded workshop, additional open question & answer sessions are being offered to provide support as you prepare your performance documentation.  Please click on the link below to register.

APS Workshop Registration Forms

In addition, individual support is available to staff and supervisors and department specific training and consultation is available upon request.  Feel free to call the Human Resources APS answer line with any questions – extension 5465, option 1. 

 

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 18 faculty positions, 46 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 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)

Contemporary Teaching in The Liberal Arts – Winter Term Series

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Lunch will be served at each event in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research 12 – 1 pm. Please RSVP using the sign up form at least two days in advance of the event. Thank you.

Monday, January 5th 2015 11:00-12:00

Liberal Arts in Flux: the 21st-Century Landscape

The academy faces many challenges: financial, demographic and pedagogical. The liberal arts landscape is changing.This session will be a discussion of how these pressures are shaping teaching and learning and how the liberal arts in general and Middlebury, in particular, can best build on their strengths as they move forward. This session will serve as an introduction to the entire series.

Thursday, January 8th 2015 11:00-12:00 

Classroom Discussion Part I: The Art of Engaged Academic Conversation

In this session we will explore three methods to deepen and unify discussion in the classroom: using informal writing assignments to help students prepare, encouraging students to take responsibility for both initiating and shaping discussion, and facilitating a conversation that incorporates and extends individual comments.

Monday, January 12th 2015 11:00-12:00

Teaching with (and about) Digital Technologies

How can students engage critically with technology in the classroom? How can digital assignments further pedagogical goals? Join Jason Mittell (FMC), Carrie Anderson (HARC), and Alicia Peaker (DLA) for a discussion of these questions, and some practical examples of implementing digital technologies in the classroom.

See our full schedule here: http://sites.middlebury.edu/ctlrprogramming/

The Week’s Headlines

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

Middlebury College Accepts 280 Early Decision Applicants

Middlebury Voices in the News: Democrats and Obamacare, Unionizing Adjuncts

Studying Privilege and Poverty

Bridging Disciplines with Digital Liberal Arts

Green Dot’s Bystander Training Session Enhances Middlebury’s Efforts to Prevent Sexual Violence

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.