In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Sonja to campus!
On April 1, 2016, Sonja Burrows joined the Instructional Design team in the Office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning, where she provides guidance and support for digital projects across the institution with particular focus on the Language Schools and Schools Abroad. As a language educator, second language acquisition scholar, and digital language-learning expert, Sonja brings to her work an on-the-ground understanding of the diverse ways in which digital projects can amplify language and cultural learning environments.
Prior to joining the Office of Digital Learning, Sonja developed curricula for summer language academies as well as digital language courses at Middlebury Interactive Languages. She also taught Spanish both at Middlebury College and the University of Oregon, where she developed a specialization in Spanish Heritage Language pedagogy. A self-described language geek and cultural scholar, Sonja has lived, worked, and taught in five countries outside of the United States. She speaks English and Spanish, some Italian and French, and aspires to learn Portuguese.
Sonja holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, as well as Master’s degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Oregon and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the School for International Training. Her fields of expertise and scholarly research aim to bridge the disciplinary gaps between literature and linguistics, and include Spanish Heritage Language pedagogy, Spanish in the U.S., and English-Spanish bilingualism.
Middlebury Women’s Soccer is hosting a Kids Night on Friday, May 6 from 5:30-10pm at the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. Parents may drop off their children, ages 4-13, between 5:30 and 6pm for fun games and age appropriate activities. For more information, registration, and release, please visit http://www.middleburysoccercamp.com/content/kids-night, or call x5410.
There are currently 3 faculty positions, 44 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 6 internal job postings on the Middlebury 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 Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Chellis House, the Women’s Resource Center, are seeking nominations for the student, staff, and faculty Feminist of the Year.
As feminist, we define a person who actively engages with our community to dismantle social hierarchies and systems of oppression with a multi-layered understanding and appreciation of difference.
You may nominate persons in one or all of the following categories: student, staff, and faculty by Monday, May 9, 6 p.m. by sending an email to Karin Hanta by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by campus mail.
I nominate __________________________ for student feminist of the year because
I nominate __________________________ for staff feminist of the year because
I nominate __________________________ for faculty feminist of the year because
Thank you for your nominations!
Please join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research at 12:15 pm.
There has been much discussion on Middlebury’s campus about student stress, but little data to inform these conversations. Students in Svea Closser’s ethnographic research methods classes conducted and analyzed interviews with their peers about their experiences with stress. Their findings complicate simple narratives about workload, and suggest that syllabus tweaks are unlikely to make substantial impacts. In this roundtable, students will present the results of their research on the drivers of student stress, and leave the floor open for faculty to discuss potential ways forward.
As with all Academic Roundtables, lunch will be provided. RSVP to Doreen Bernier via email at email@example.com by noon on Friday, May 6, 2016.
The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by
the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library
Monday, May 9th at 4:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium please join us for this year’s Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. ’75 Memorial Lecture. Our speaker is Jeffrey Selingo who will give a talk, Higher Education: How the Press Shapes the Private Gains Over the Public Good. Book signing to follow lecture. His book is available in the bookstore.
Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is author of three books and a regular contributor to the Washington Post. His newest book, There Is Life After College (HarperCollins, 2016), explores how today’s young adults need to navigate school in order to succeed in the job market of tomorrow. His first book, College (Un)Bound, was aNew York Times bestselling education book. Jeff is the former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he has appeared on ABC, CNN, PBS, and NPR. He is a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University and a visiting scholar at the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. was a member of the Middlebury class of 1975. The Van de Velde memorial lecture series provides an annual talk on the confluence of public affairs-both foreign and domestic-and journalism, particularly broadcast journalism.