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Monday, June 27, 2022


Upcoming Transitions in the DOC Division

A lot of changes are teed up this summer! In terms of administrative personnel:

  • Associate Deans Andrew Fisher and Al Montero will be leaving their positions in the Dean of the College office on June 30. They will both enjoy sabbaticals before returning to the faculty in the History and Political Science departments, respectively.
  • Yansi Pérez will begin her appointment as Associate Provost and Director of Advising on July 1.
  • George Shuffelton will be filling in as Interim Associate Provost beginning July 1 until David Liben-Nowell returns from his off-campus study program in early September.
  • We will welcome our new College Registrar, Theresa Rodriguez, on July 1.
  • Dean Gretchen Hofmeister’s last day in the Dean’s Office will be July 14. If you send her email after that, expect to see her “on sabbatical” message.
  • The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Michelle Mattson, will begin work on July 15.

There are also several office moves in the works:

  • The Political Science department will move into their new space in Hasenstab Hall in mid-August.
  • American Studies, Environmental Studies and Linguistics will move from Goodsell into space vacated by Political Science in Willis Hall.
  • The Africana Studies program and the Center for Global and Regional Studies will move to the office suite on the east side of 4th Leighton.

And finally, the Dean of the College Office will become the Office of the Provost on July 1!

Summer Library Hours

Gould Library summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The library is closed on the weekends. Please be aware that both the lighting and air handling systems in the library are being updated this summer. Crews will be working throughout the building and there will be noise and dust during this work.  Different parts of the stacks and the materials located there will be inaccessible while the work takes place in that area. The programming spaces within the library including the Athenaeum and classrooms are not available to be reserved from now through September 2. Other common spaces will be available on a rolling basis as work is completed. We appreciate your patience and understanding as this work is undertaken to improve the library.

Department and Program Assessment Reports

This is a gentle reminder that all departments and programs need to review the assessment report checklist and submit an assessment report by July 15. The IRA office is in the process of replacing Bill Altermatt’s position. In the meantime, your assessment reports should be submitted to Peggy Pfister.

A Reminder about Leaves of Absence Requests and Grant Opportunities

LEAVES OF ABSENCE.  Tenured, tenure-track, PEAR and continuing faculty members who wish to request a sabbatical or other leave of absence for all or part of the academic year 2023-2024 should do so by October 1, 2022.  Guidelines for expectations while on a leave and forms are available on the Dean of the College website.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.  Faculty members are invited to submit proposals for support through several different funds. Following is a brief summary of the grant opportunities which have a September 9, 2022, application deadline:

  • Faculty development endowment (FDE) grants
  • Large FDE grants (up to one term’s salary) – Support for scholarship, research, and creative activity in any field for tenured, tenure-track and PEAR faculty.
  • Small FDE grants for the same purposes as the large. 
  • Targeted Opportunity Grants – Course release(s), stipend, or expenses for scholarly, creative, or pedagogical work that falls outside the more traditional large FDE or small grants.
  • Joan Hanson Endowed Fund for Faculty Development and Teaching in Ethics – Support for research or teaching in ethics, broadly construed.

There are also several funds that support curricular or professional development in particular areas that may be applied for on a rolling basis, including the Broom Public Scholarship Project Grants, Lilly Bayard Fund Grants, Muirhead Grants for Arts and Science Collaboration, and others. Many curricular innovation grant funds have deadlines in February. Please see the full list of grant opportunities and deadlines on the DOC website.

Carleton is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Faculty may apply to the Provost for funds to support participation in the Faculty Success Program (Bootcamp). Faculty wishing to apply to participate in the spring 2023 program should apply to the Provost by September 1.  More information is available on the Perlman LTC website or the DOC website. 

EXTERNALLY FUNDED GRANTS. You should also be thinking about applying for external grants to support your work. Many deadlines for 2023-2024 will be in September or October. The Carleton Faculty Grants Committee will give preference for large FDE grants to faculty who have applied for appropriate external funding. See our website for guidelines for external grant applications.

COVID Recovery


Two Volunteers Needed for Advising Transfer Students

At last count, we have nine incoming transfer students who will need advisers to provide guidance about the liberal arts requirements for graduation and then to advise them as they select their courses for fall. This usually requires at least two meetings with each transfer student via Zoom during July. Transfer advisers are also called upon in certain cases to work with the Registrar’s office to apply incoming transfer credits to graduation requirements and to navigate any changes that could be to the advantage of the transfer student.

Since this assignment requires summer work, transfer advisers are not asked to advise incoming first-year students. If you are an experienced adviser and are not already carrying a heavy advising load, please contact Al Montero (amontero) on or before June 30 and Yansi Pérez (yperez) on or after July 1. We usually have two advisers support the transfer students — each adviser might take 4–5. 

Rising Sophomores with Advisers On Leave in the Fall, Fall & Winter, or All Year

If you are the adviser of rising sophomores and you are going on leave in the fall, the fall and the winter, or all years, your rising sophomore advisees will be reassigned to a new adviser during early July. You need not do anything at this time. If you will be on campus in the fall and winter and would like to advise reassigned sophomores in lieu of new first-year students, please contact Yansi Pérez (yperez) after July 1. 

Advising Quick Links

Grants and Fellowships

Fall External Grant Opportunities for Humanists

The fall brings multiple external grant opportunities for humanities faculty at Carleton. Each program is unique: NEH Summer Stipends, ACLS Fellowships for untenured faculty, Guggenheim Fellowships, and residential fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Stanford Humanities Center, all with deadlines in September and October. If you are looking for support for sabbatical time during 2023-24, now is the time to begin planning your fall applications. Please reach out to the Grants Office — they can help determine which programs might be the best fit for your work and assist with the application process.

Conferences and Workshops