Academic Affairs Brief 02.03.22

Faculty + academic staff weekly updates

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Week 4 Early Alert Survey Feb. 7

  • Curriculum Committee Feb. 9

  • Admissions Winter Open House Feb. 12

  • Faculty Senate Feb. 16

Week 4 Early Alert Survey

On Mon, Feb. 7, faculty will get a brief survey, per section they teach, asking how students are doing academically. This brief survey will accomplish two goals: (1) Help identify students who may be at risk across multiple courses and (2) Connect students with helpful support networks early in the semester to increase overall student success. Please submit these surveys even if you have no students with academic concerns.

During week 5, identified students will receive a message about these concerns from Academic Affairs. The message will include a form with information about academic support services and ask students to self identify which services they intend to access.

This Brief Includes:

COVID-19 Updates
Events + Special Programs
    • Will Randall's The Founders' Fortunes

    • InSight FastPass

    • Spread the Love: Cards to Colleagues

    • Faculty Visit to BETA Technologies

Canvas + Academic Technology
    • Canvas Attendance

Curriculum + Assessment Info
    • February Curriculum Committee

Professional Development Opportunities
    • DEI Conference

    • EMC Student Collaboration Strategies

    • Upcoming CLT Events

Academic Support for Students
    • SMART Space Is Open!

    • Student of Concern Report Form (SCART)

Champlain In The News
    • In Memoriam

Academic Calendar Spring 2022

COVID-19 Updates

  • All employees should notify the college if they are identified as a close contact or if they test positive for COVID-19. Please use this form and a member of Employee Health will connect with you. This link is provided in every Academic Affairs Brief as a “button” at the bottom of the email message.

  • 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 utilize 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.

Will Randall's The Founders' Fortunes

The Champlain community is invited to attend a free virtual book launch and discussion of The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America, by author and historian Willard "Will" Sterne Randall. The book examines America's Founding Fathers through a complex relationship of civil war, personal wealth building, and political independence. The event is scheduled for Tue, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. via Zoom click here to register. Randall is beginning his 25th year teaching history courses at Champlain College and is the author of six full-length biographies.

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InSight FastPass

The Career Collaborative is hosting a large InSight-related event, "InSight FastPass" on Wed, Feb 9, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, and would like faculty to encourage students to attend. Here are the details:

INSIGHT FASTPASS DAY: A one-stop shop for students to complete ALL their milestones at once, and for a chance to win one of four $250 scholarships!

A full day for students to stop by and take advantage of:

  • Career and Financial Drop-in corners to receive resume critiques, LinkedIn reviews, FREE credit pulls, budget check-up, internship questions, and more!

  • Power Bundle sessions that combine Financial a la Carte, Career a la Carte and Salary Negotiation milestones, all in one!

  • Guest Speaker Kathleen Kingsbury (wealth psychologist, author and podcast host) to facilitate special Power Bundle session on Salary Negotiation

  • Many other Career and Financial a la Carte sessions scheduled throughout the day (in-person and virtual).

For a full schedule and to sign up for sessions, students can visit
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Spread the Love: Cards to Colleagues

Let's spread some Champlain love. Send a note of appreciation to a colleague by filling out this form before the end of the day on Mon, Feb. 7! The message will be delivered to your colleague on Mon, Feb. 14.

Faculty Visit to BETA Technologies

BETA Technologies, a fast-growing electric aviation start-up based in Burlington, is interested in developing a closer collaboration with Champlain. The company is inviting a group of Champlain faculty across academic divisions to visit and tour the company's HQ. For faculty, this is a chance to learn about BETA, develop networking connections, and explore collaboration opportunities through student internships and projects in a variety of academic areas like data science, business administration, finance, marketing, broadcast media production, computer science & innovation, game, and more. Please contact Kellie Nadeau by Fri, Feb. 11 at in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs if you are interested in a visit to BETA.

Canvas Attendance

The Canvas Attendance feature is a key component of the SCART process. When SCART forms are submitted, the SCART members review both Canvas attendance and grade activity for each of the students referred. Faculty are encouraged to update the attendance daily for each of their classes to assist the SCART team in working with up-to-date data to inform the team's decisions. Here is a great guide for how to take attendance in Canvas.

Creating Seating Charts in Canvas

February Curriculum Committee

The February Curriculum Committee meeting is scheduled for Wed, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. until noon. The February meeting is the deadline for new course proposals intended for a fall 2022 start. The deadline for course modifications or eliminations intended for fall 2022 is the March meeting, so those proposals need approval at the March 9 Division meetings.

DEI Conference Call For Proposals

Call for proposals, “What Works in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” conference: Champlain faculty and academic staff are invited to submit paper or panel proposals for a virtual pedagogy conference, to be hosted June 1-3 by friends of the CLT at Kenyon College’s Center for Innovative Pedagogy. The annual “What Works” conference is geared toward cross-institutional, faculty-to-faculty sharing. Contact Caroline Toy or Rebecca Mills in the CLT with any questions!

EMC Student Collaboration Strategies

New blog, “Deliver Strong Outcomes with Structured Collaboration”: learn from the Emergent Media Center’s Jen Adrian about strategies for fostering successful collaboration in major group projects! The EMC welcomes faculty who want to discuss or work together on major class projects. Reach out for more information.

Upcoming CLT Events

Please join us for CLT events! These events are open to all Champlain College faculty (full- and part-time) and academic staff.

DEIB & Course Design Pt 2 - Assignments and Assessments

Wed, Feb. 9 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Faculty Writing Group

Wed, Feb. 9. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

SMART Space Is Open!

  • SMART Space is open for tutoring in person!

  • Interested in Social Wellbeing for your students? Encourage them to join the Stern Center Social Cognition student group starting on Wed, Feb. 16.

For more information on all upcoming SMART Space space support services available, please check out our latest SMART Space newsletter.

Student of Concern Report Form (SCART)

Faculty are encouraged to support students experiencing academic challenges by submitting the Student of Concern Report Form (SCART). Faculty can identify specific academic concerns including excessive absences, failure to complete assignments, poor test scores, quality and/or content of written work, suspected learning disability, inappropriate classroom behavior, and/or needs academic coaching. The reports are reviewed by Student Affairs and Academic Affairs staff that now includes Roz Whitaker-Heck, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, in addition to Lauren Bruneau, Director of Academic Support & Coaching Services. Please reach out to Dr. Roz or Lauren if you have any questions about the SCART process.

Champlain Single Parent Program and Social Work Program graduate Joanne Saunders is featured in Vermont Digger in an article about how VSAC's Educational Opportunity Center works with adult Vermonters who want to return to school to earn their college degrees.

In Memoriam

A long-time faculty member, Nancy Wells, passed away on Tue, Feb. 1, 2022. During her 25-year career at Champlain College, Wells served in many roles, including as Chair of the Accounting Department.

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.