Academic Affairs Brief 02.17.22

Faculty + academic staff weekly updates

Important Upcoming Dates + Announcements

  • Cyber Security Training Due - Feb. 25
  • Provost Forum - March 2 (9 a.m. - 10 a.m.)

Champlain College Fact Book

The 2021-22 edition of the Champlain College Fact Book is now available via the Faculty and Staff portal. You need to be signed in to the portal to have access to the Fact Book. Please remember that this is intended for internal use only. This resource provides access to important and interesting information about the College including enrollment, student success, diversity, finances, physical plant, among others -- most of it reflecting five years of trend data. It also contains this year's Comparison School List.

This Brief Includes:

COVID-19 Updates
Events + Special Programs

  • Social Impact Scholars Virtual Panel: Fair Trade
  • First to Fall Book Reading
  • Pie Bake-Off
  • Travel to Antigua and Barbuda with OISS
Professional Development Opportunities
  • “Bear-ing” the Winter Blues
  • Self-Guided Development Opportunities
  • Faculty Professional Development Sessions
  • Cyber Security Training Reminder
Academic Support for Students
  • Early Alert Thanks
  • New Study Groups
  • Group Coaching
  • Math and Programming Tutoring
  • Hot Chocolate, Homemade Cookies + Homework
Champlain In The News

COVID-19 Updates

Check your email for a message from Sentry MD ( This is the service we are using to collect employee vaccination and booster documentation from employees. Please submit your (1) SentryMD Authorization Form and (2) vaccination/booster documentation ASAP (deadline was Fri, Jan. 21).

Click on the blue Covid-19 Dashboard bar above to see updated information.

Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form (click here)

Employees should use this form to notify the College they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a close contact by a primary care provider or health entity such as the Vermont Health Department.

Social Impact Scholars Virtual Panel: Fair Trade

The Social Impact Scholars Spring 2022 Intersections Series invites the Champlain community to a virtual panel discussion: Social Impact and Business: Fair Trade: Philosophy and Practice. The second half of the online event will be open to questions from the audience. Please invite your students to attend! This free event is Fri, Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Our panelists will be:

  • Holly Francis, Eastern Regional Fellow for Fair Trade Campaigns and a 2020 Champlain graduate in Environmental Studies & Policy

  • Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Director of Communications & Fair Trade Campaigns at Fair Trade USA

  • Dr. Pat Patel, Associate Professor in the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College

  • Rick Peyser, Sr. Relationship Manager, Coffee & Cocoa, Lutheran World Relief

  • John Jensen, Manager of Ten Thousand Villages, Burlington location

  • Cheryl Pinto, Global Values Led Sourcing Manager, Ben & Jerry's

Contact: Eric Ronis or Christina Erickson with any questions.

Event Listing in the View

First to Fall Book Reading

On Tue, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., journalist and author Ken Ellingwood will discuss his 2021 publication, First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and his Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery, a biography of American abolitionist journalist and newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy. Full event details on The View. Please consider attending and invite your class to this event. Listen here for a previous interview with author Ellingwood on NPR's Morning Edition.

Pie Bake-Off

Due to the overwhelming success of this year's Chili Cook-Off, the Library is starting a new spring tradition of a Pie Bake-Off (in honor of Pi Day). Will you bake a pie for our first Bake-Off this year? There are no restrictions on the types of pie (or other baked goods) you can bring. Like the Chili Cook-Off, our best bakers will be awarded prizes and bragging rights for the year. Sign up by Mon, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. Sign up here! We need at least 15 pie bakers to make this event work. The event will be Wed, March 9 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Drop off your pies by 1 p.m!

Travel to Antigua and Barbuda with OISS

Travel with the Office of International Student Services (OISS) to Antigua and Barbuda on Wed, Feb. 23 from 12-1 p.m. in Skiff Hall, Room 204. Please join the amazing Suevere Martin (Class of 2025, Criminal Justice/Law, Antigua and Barbuda) to explore Antigua and Barbuda and sample some Caribbean food. This event is part of Champlain College's celebration of Black History Month and is sponsored by the Office of International Student Services.

“Bear-ing” the Winter Blues

At this time of year, energy levels are low and stress levels can be high for faculty, staff, and students! The CLT is running a three-part blog series on self-care and supporting your students in the dark doldrums of winter. Check out the first part, focused on faculty self-care!

Self-Guided Development Opportunities

Check out this new book in the college library: STAYING ONLINE: HOW TO NAVIGATE DIGITAL HIGHER EDUCATION. The book is available in an unlimited user eBook edition. For more information about the book here is a Q&A with the author: Navigating Online Education

SCART: An Overview with Cory Davis

Cory Davis, Director of Community Standards + Deputy Title IX Coordinator, will present

virtual sessions that will provide an overview of the College’s SCART (Student Care & Response Team) process, the team, and the resources when referrals are made to this multidisciplinary team of professionals. Presenters will share best practices, suggestions, and tools to help provide the most supportive atmosphere possible for our students, faculty, and staff. The first of three identical sessions is scheduled for Tue, Feb. 22⋅ 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Video call link:

Other dates include: Thu, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. and Wed, March 2 at 3 p.m.

To join, please contact Cory Davis at for a link to these virtual sessions.

Criterion-Referenced Grading, Feedback and Assignment Design with Rebecca Mills

On Wed, Feb. 23 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Rebecca Mills, CLT director, will present an overview of rubrics and how they support efficiency and student success. The session will explore the different types of rubrics and how to build rubrics that enhance the teaching and learning experience.

CLT will offer a follow-up workshop for those who would like to create rubrics in Canvas for quick scoring. And the CLT will provide time and space to peer review and support rubric creation.

Teaching and Learning about Algorithmic Bias with Nick Faulk

This series explores issues of computer algorithm bias using a case-study approach. In addition to exploring these topics with faculty from across the college, we are discussing ways to integrate learning about algorithmic bias into our classes. Prior attendance is not necessary; join us for any sessions you are interested in!

Wed., March 2, 1 p.m. - Examining our Algorithmic Decision-makers

Wed., March 30, 1 p.m. - Envisioning the Ethical Practitioner in the Age of Algorithmic Bias

Cyber Security Training Reminder

As part of Champlain’s continuous efforts to strengthen information security, the Information Systems department has rolled out an installment of cyber security training. All current faculty and staff are required to take this training, which consists of two short modules entitled “Malware and Ransomware” and “Introduction to Phishing Emails and Websites.”

You should have received a notification from the “Security Education Platform” that includes your personal training link. Each of these modules will take about 20 minutes to complete and will be due by Fri, Feb. 25, 2022. It is important that the institutional process around information security awareness training be consistent to create a comprehensive baseline across the entire community. We appreciate your commitment to the training as it is an important next step to further strengthen our information security at Champlain College.

A big thanks to faculty for completing the Early Alert surveys! We had faculty responses for 465 course sections and will be reaching out to 301 students informing them of the array of academic support resources and services that are available to them. Faculty advisors will receive a list of their advisees who were flagged and deans will receive data on their divisions. Please encourage these students to take advantage of these fantastic academic support services.

Hot Chocolate + Homemade Cookies + Homework

Encourage your students to take advantage of these terrific academic support resources and TREATS at the SMART Space!

  • Three new Study Groups started this week - please help spread the word!

  • Group Coaching (facilitated by Academic Coach, Megan Sheldon) and Social Wellbeing (offered by Stern Center) are off to a great start! Next 3-week group coaching session on Procrastination will start on Wed, Feb. 23.

  • Subject-specific math and programming schedule is now available.

  • Hot Chocolate, Homemade Cookies, and Homework continue on Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

News of Champlain students' on our fall semester Trustees', President's, and Deans' Lists reached 1,836 media outlets and 1,651 elected officials. During the time period after releasing the news, our media placements reached 3M visitors with 6M page views on outlets that mention Champlain College.

01/17 - Spring 2022 classes start

01/17-01/21 - Add/Drop Period

03/06 - Midterm Grades Due

03/14-03/18 - Spring Break

03/28-04/8 - Registration for Summer

04/08 - Last Day to withdraw from a course or the College

04/27 - Deadline for incomplete grade requests

04/29 - Deadline for medical withdrawals

05/02-06 - Finals Week

05/14 - Commencement

Religious Holidays Calendar (click here)

Thanks to the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee and the Campus Climate, Culture and DE&I Committee for producing a calendar that lists religious holidays that fall during our semesters. Click on the blue bar to see the calendar.