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Monday, January 30, 2023


Student Textbook Affordability and Access; Friendly Reminder

The Textbook Working Group is seeking feedback on faculty experiences with student textbook affordability and access at Carleton. In response to concerns raised by CSA, the Cabinet convened a Working Group to research textbook affordability and availability and provide ideas and recommendations for improvement. Below is a link to the Faculty Textbook Survey, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey is open until Monday, February 13. Responses will remain anonymous and will assist the College in making policy and/or process changes. If you previously completed the survey sent during the fall term, your responses are recorded and will be aggregated with the new data.

Faculty Textbook Survey

If there are questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Danielle Hayden (dhayden@carleton.edu) or Judith Pannell (jpannell@carleton.edu) and thank you in advance for your participation.

Midterm reminder from the R&I Librarians

Your R&I liaisons are still available to work with your classes any time for the remainder of the term. It’s not too late to get in touch! They can stop by for classroom visits, meet one-on-one with your students, or help you refine the library research component of a project you are assigning.

Additionally, feel free to encourage your students to go to them for citation help, especially if they are using (or interested in using) Zotero or EndNote. These citation management tools can be particularly helpful to students working on their Comps. Your students can come to the Research/IT Desk when it is staffed on weekdays or reach out directly to their liaison librarian. Not sure which librarian to get in touch with? Reach out to reference@carleton.edu.

New R&I Librarian for Arts and Media

The Library is pleased to welcome Kate Brooks, our new Reference and Instruction Librarian for Arts & Media. Kate is the liaison to CAMS, Art & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance and Russian & German. In her unique role, Kate is also the liaison to all faculty seeking streaming films for courses. Kate can be reached at kbrooks@carleton.edu

Faculty Leaves and Languages in Workday

Beginning winter term 2023, faculty members can see sabbaticals and other types of leaves in Workday. Once leaves are approved by the Board, they will be entered into your record. Go to your Profile and choose Time Off in the blue bar on the left. If you have an approved leave this term or in the future, you will find it there.  

Also, a recent carlslist posting looking for German language speakers reminds us that you can now enter languages and your proficiency in Workday. Go to Career in the blue bar to add your info.

Seeking Faculty Volunteers to Assist with Workday Feedback and Testing

As he announced at the last faculty meeting, Associate Provost Eric Egge is looking for faculty volunteers to help test and give feedback on academic function configurations in Workday.  For now the group will have two or three 1-hour meetings each term, with volunteers attending as their schedules allow.  To sign up for this opportunity to see how Workday handles academic functions, and to help test and give feedback on how we configure those functions, please send Eric an email indicating your interest.

CHAT Available for Spring and Fall Term Courses

As you plan your spring term and fall ’23 courses, consider using the new Carleton Humanities and Arts Trailer (CHAT). The CHAT is a mobile recording studio/event space/gallery available for use by ACE courses and for Carleton faculty public scholarship. Learn more, including how the CHAT was used during fall term, on the CHAT website.

Curricular Innovation Grants

The Provost’s Office has funds available for curricular innovation grants through several initiatives and programs. Most proposals are due on February 6, but some have rolling deadlines. Information on these grant opportunities can be found on the Provost’s website.

Collaborative Teaching Opportunities

Collaborative teaching provides important faculty development opportunities and enriches the curriculum, especially in interdisciplinary fields. The Provost’s Office can support up to three new collaborative teaching opportunities for 2023-24. Proposals should be submitted by February 7. They can include more traditional team-taught courses (i.e., two people teaching the same course together), but we are also open to other ways that faculty can collaborate in their teaching efforts. Please see the Provost’s website for additional information.


Check in With Your Advisees

The fifth and sixth weeks of the term are a good time to check in with your advisees, particularly first-years. You can set up a lunch with your frosh advisees (remember to use your Take a Faculty Member to Lunch credit) and get a sense of how they are handling the midterm crunch.  This is also a good moment to begin planning your advising appointments and to remind your advisees to prepare for these sessions.  Advisers might want to email their advisees the Academic Advising Worksheet and the Choosing a Major Worksheet to sophomore advisees to help them prepare for advising conversations during week seven.  Thank you for all the work you do with our students!

Remaining Winter Term Deadlines

  • Monday, February 13, Advising Days Begin (through Feb. 21).
  • Friday, February 14, Second Five-week Course Drop/Add Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday February 17, Ten-week Course Late Drop and S/CR/NC Deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Monday, February 20, Registration for Spring Term Begins (through Mar. 26).
  • Friday, February 24, Second Five-week Course Late Drop and S/CR/NC Deadline (5:00 p.m.)

REMINDER: File Academic Progress Reports for Students Who Are Experiencing Serious Academic Difficulty

Faculty members are expected to notify the Office of the Dean of Students of any student at any point during the term who they believe is experiencing serious academic difficulty, who has missed a large number of classes, who frequently submits late work, or who, for some other reason, should be brought to a dean’s attention. This information is passed on to both the student and the student’s academic adviser. This is an excellent point in the term to alert the Dean of Students office of students who are having great difficulty so that they may get help in time. For first-year students, email Assoc. Dean of Students Trey Williams (twilliams), for second-year students, email Assoc. Dean of Students Sindy Fleming (sfleming) and for juniors and seniors, email Assoc. Dean of Students Cathy Carlson (ccarlson).

Sophomore Writing Portfolio

Sophomores should be talking to their advisers about their plans for the writing portfolios. (For more on the writing portfolio and how to prepare it, see the writing portfolio guidelines. Make sure that your sophomore advisees understand the requirements and have run through the FAQs. You may find the following video presentation by the Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Senior Lecturer in English, George Cusack, especially useful for you and for your students. Additional questions might be directed to Professor George Cusack (gcusack).

Keep in mind that students’ degree audits do not show that they have completed the writing portfolio until they have their portfolios scored during the summer. Portfolios for the Class of 2025 are due on Friday, Feb. 17 at 4:00 p.m. (the Winter deadline) and Friday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m. (the Spring deadline).

Advising Quick Links

Grants and Fellowships

Creative Capital Support for the Visual Arts and Film

Creative Capital provides grants to artists to support the creation of groundbreaking new art via a democratic, national, open call process. Innovation is their primary selection criterion, and they focus on championing groundbreaking projects and ideas. While selecting projects that are interesting, genre-stretching, and adventurous, they welcome multidisciplinary projects as well as projects that push boundaries within a single genre. In the upcoming grant cycle, they invite artists to propose experimental, risk-taking projects in the visual arts and film/moving image, which push boundaries formally and thematically, and/or venture into wild, out-there, never-before-seen concepts and future universes real or imagined.

Ultimately, they seek proposals for groundbreaking new work—including, but not limited to, work that attends to the many relationships between social, economic, and environmental justice, and advances the global dialogue around critical issues impacting the sustainability of artists, our communities, our planet, and beyond. Letters of Intent are due by March 31, 2023. For more information, please reach out to the Grants Office.