11/18/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Weekly Updates

HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND ENJOY THE BREAK!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction open survey period Nov. 17 - Dec. 3
  • Deadline to submit incomplete grades - Dec. 8

  • Last day to receive a medical withdrawal from the College - Dec. 10

This Brief Includes:

  • COVID-19 Update

  • Indigenous Education At Champlain - Student-Led Forum

  • Perry Chair Announcement

  • Anti-Racism Circles (ARC’s)

  • T.E.A.C.H. of the Week

  • Faculty Development Opportunity: Climate Change and Food Insecurity

  • REMINDERS: So Good, It's Worth Repeating!

COVID-19 UPDATE

  • As a gentle reminder, any employee who is identified as a close contact OR tests positive for COVID-19 should let Champlain College know immediately through this form. After the form is submitted, Employee Health will follow up with the employee and discuss the next steps. For your convenience, this link is available at the bottom of every Academic Affairs Brief.

  • All students received a message today which included:

    • Reminder to stay home if not feeling well.

    • Reminder to get tested when returning from break.

    • Holiday gathering and travel tips.

    • Booster eligibility information.

  • Seating charts are tremendously helpful when contact tracing needs to occur. Thank you to the faculty who have provided this information in the past. We encourage faculty to keep seating charts to allow us to quickly contact any students who might be a close contact. You are welcome to use whatever tool that will work best for you to capture this information. Canvas does have a feature that will allow you to keep a seating chart. Here is a brief video tutorial, and a Canvas article with more information.

  • We highly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get their flu shot. Our campus clinics are not finished, but you can click here to find out more about the flu shot in Vermont.

WHAT'S NEW*S

FORUM TO FOCUS ON ABENAKI COMMUNITIES

To close out Indigenous People's Week, the Champlain community is invited to a student-led discussion Friday, Nov. 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to explore next steps for how to best collaborate with Abenaki communities going forward. The discussion will take place in the Morgan Conference Room, Aiken Hall.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PERRY CHAIR - DUANE DUNSTON

Congratulations to Duane Dunston, Associate Professor of Cybersecurity, for being selected as the Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair. Champlain's first endowed chair was funded by trustees, emeriti and special friends of the College in honor of outgoing President Roger H. Perry. As determined by Dr. Perry, the fund supports initiatives promoting innovation, change, and the entrepreneurial spirit for which Champlain College is known; it is open to any academic area.

ANTI-RACISM CIRCLES (ARC’S)

Anti-Racism Circles, or “ARCs”, are a new opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in constructive work in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. ARCs will be made up of three to four people who share a commitment to the rigorous work of reflection and self-examination required by authentic anti-racism and who will meet at least once every two weeks as a discussion and problem-solving circle to make that commitment a reality.

ARCs are not a college-sponsored project and will be guided independently and cooperatively by a Coordinating Committee selected from among the participants in ARCs. For more information and/or to sign up to participate, please visit the ARCs website or contact one of the members of the ARCs Coordinating Committee: Liz Allen-Pennebaker, Emily Crist, Christina Erickson, Rebecca Hopkins, and Faith Yacubian.

T.E.A.C.H. - KYLIE KING

T.E.A.C.H. is a snack-size profile of Champlain's Technology, Engagement And Creative Heroes who in 90 seconds share REALLY COOL tips and tools that make learning and teaching more technology rich, engaging, and creative. This week’s hero is Dr. Kylie King! Fostering curiosity in (and outside) the classroom is an integral part of teaching. As a professor of business who specializes in entrepreneurship, Dr. King coaches her students’ creativity in many forms. Check out her quick read about the dimensions of curiosity, types of creative people, and ways to help your students (and yourself) become more curious!

All faculty and staff are invited to participate by contributing 90 seconds of content (text, video, slide decks, web links, etc) directly to Caroline Toy. Heros will win a Perky Planet gift certificate!

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD INSECURITY


Campus Compact of Maine will host a free online faculty development workshop, “Rise Up: How Faculty Can Respond to the Challenges of Our Time,” Dec.13, 14, and 16. This workshop will cover designing and implementing community-oriented courses that help students learn to address climate change and food insecurity. Register here.

REMINDERS - So Good, It's Worth Repeating!

NEW DEVICES FOR CHECKOUT AT THE LIBRARY

By popular student request, the library is now offering our Chromebooks and Drawing Tablets for 24-hour checkout, and patrons may now take these items out of the library for the duration of their checkout period. Please help us spread the word about this expanded access to your students! Any questions can be directed to swilson@champlain.edu.

PLAN AHEAD FOR THE IDEA STUDENT RATINGS

The survey period for the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction in 15-week courses this semester is Wednesday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Dec. 3. Be sure to schedule 20 minutes of class time during this period to give your students the opportunity to complete the survey. See these guidelines for planning ahead.

FINALS WEEK SCHEDULE

Finals week is Dec. 13-17 and classes will be assigned 3-hour blocks for finals. A PDF schedule by course and by instructor can be found online for downloading.

CLT PRESENTS HIGH-NOTE SEMESTER SESSION

The Center for Learning and Teaching extends an invitation to expand your academic portfolio with this end-of-semester professional development opportunity:

  • Building Class Community: Wrapping Up on a High Note and Preparing for Next Semester - Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m. MIC Vista Room

The CLT continues to offer previously-announced regular weekly events such as Peda-GO-gy walks every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. and the Faculty Writing Group Wednesdays, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

FALL ACADEMIC CALENDAR DATES


  • 11/24 - 11/26 - Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/13 - 12/17 - Finals Week

  • 12/20 - 1/16 - Winter Break

Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form

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.