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Monday, March 27, 2023


New Summer Science Fellows Coordinator Named

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor of Mathematics Rob Thompson will serve as Summer Science Fellows Coordinator for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years.  Rob has supervised five Summer Science Fellows, beginning in the Summer of 2019.  His Summer Science Fellows have regularly presented their work at the Mathematical Association of America’s Mathfest and other regional and national conferences, collaborated with scientists from the University of Minnesota and 3M, and published research in Springer Nature: Computer Science.  Rob takes over for Amy Csizmar Dalal, who has coordinated the Summer Science Fellows program for the past six years.  During Amy’s time as Coordinator, 26 Carleton students participated in the program, taking part in research projects supervised by 18 different Carleton faculty members, in addition to projects at 15 different institutions.  

Admitted Students Experience: April 14 & 21

The Admissions Office wants to ensure you’re aware of the upcoming, in-person Admitted Student Experience. The College expects to welcome about 400 guests on each of the Friday dates for ASE: April 14 and April 21. At the start of spring term, Holly Buttrey will be reaching out about the possibility of prospies visiting your classes as your waitlists settle. The Admissions office thanks you in advance for supporting their efforts to yield the Carleton College class of 2027!

Grassroots Leadership Applications & Skills (GLASS) Events

All faculty are invited to join a series of informal facilitated discussions around topics related to leadership.  Each facilitator chooses either written or video materials for participants to engage with and hosts a discussion on a topic related to those materials. The goal of these discussions is to consider how we might apply what we learn to improve the efficacy of our work at Carleton and beyond. Folks are welcome to attend one or all of these events (no RSVP required to attend):

  • Conflict Management, Wednesday April 5th 4:30-6pm, LTC Lounge, Facilitated by Mija Van Der Wege
  • Negotiation for Change, Tuesday April 25th 4:30-6pm, Alumni Guest House (AGH) Lounge, Facilitated by Stephen Mohring
  • Creating Space for Others to Contribute, May 4th noon-1pm, Olin 104, Facilitated by Marty Baylor

The topics are based on the top topic requests from faculty and staff who have participated in past leadership events. More information on GLASS Events (i.e., reading materials, whether food is provided, etc.) can be found here. If you would like to receive direct emails about these types of events, you have ideas for topics, you are interested in facilitating an event, and/or have questions about the above events, please contact Marty Baylor (mbaylor@carleton.edu). These professional development activities are sponsored by the Provost’s Office.


Welcome Back to Spring Term!

Make note of the important SPRING TERM 2023 Dates and Deadlines. Please be mindful of deadline times as well as dates and make sure that your advisees do the same.

Advisee Academic Progress

If any of your advisees received a letter from the Academic Standing Committee (ASC) about any number of academic issues (a student is low on credits, a student had unexpected academic difficulty, a student who did not meet previous review requirements), please reach out to them to discuss strategies to address the issues that led to academic difficulties and help them create a plan to address them.

Referring Students for Writing Support

Spring brings with it major writing projects for many students: Sophomore Portfolios, Comps final drafts, job applications, etc. In addition to the support the Writing Center can provide, students whose first or home language is not English (both international and domestic) have access to other services, including a term-long partnership with a peer consultant and appointments with Melanie Cashin, coordinator of Multilingual Writing Support. Advisors whose multilingual students have expressed concerns about a recent WR course or upcoming writing projects are encouraged to refer them to Melanie Cashin.

Summer Internship Funding

The Career Center has ample funding available to support students in unpaid or underpaid internships this summer. “Internship” is a broad term that can encompass experiential learning in a variety of settings, including laboratories, offices, natural environments, and studios. Student funding applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are due on the first Sunday of every month. The final deadline for summer 2023 is Sunday, June 4, 2023. Students should reach out to Luke Klefstad in the Career Center with any questions about the funding process.

Advising Quick Links

Grants and Fellowships

Quinn Arnold to Support Faculty Grant-Seeking

The Grants Office is happy to share the news that Quinn Arnold will be joining Charlotte Whited in supporting individual faculty grant-seeking at Carleton. Quinn replaces Dee Menning, who retired from the College in November. She has been a valued member of the Grants Office for three years and will bring deep institutional knowledge and expertise to the position. This represents an increase in the FTE the college is dedicating to supporting faculty in all their grant-related endeavors. Quinn and Charlotte look forward to working with you!


Day of Public Scholarship

You are invited to attend and register for the inaugural Day of Public Scholarship on Thursday, June 8, 2023 (during senior week), sponsored by the Broom Fellowship for Public Scholarship and the CCCE. You can hold your place by signing up here

The agenda will include guest speakers in the morning, lunch, and facilitated written and group reflections on public scholarship in the afternoon. You will hear from two experts who will share their public scholarship journeys: Dr. Ellen Mayock, author of Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace and professor at Washington & Lee, and Dr. Buffy Smith, Dean of the Dougherty Family College at the University of St Thomas.

Guiding questions that will shape the day’s content include: How do public scholars employ academic resources and different forms of knowledge to create collaborative tools to address pressing public priorities and social challenges? How are non-experts included or addressed in this practice? How can scholars shift academic cultural norms and political power toward equity and inclusion? For instance, are there ways public scholars can position themselves in opposition to attacks against marginalized communities? Does our public scholarship inform our teaching or vice versa? In what ways can we prepare our students to become public scholars?

Please be in touch with Palmar Álvarez-Blanco if you have questions.

Proposals for Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) Workshops

AALAC workshops draw together faculty from 24 of our peer institutions to explore curricular or other common interests. These workshops can be very valuable opportunities to share ideas with colleagues and to advance liberal arts education across all our campuses. Please note that proposals for workshops to be held in 2024 need to be sent to Provost Mattson by May 6. We will then send them on to AALAC for their consideration. Please see below for more information.

Membership of AALAC

Amherst College, Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Carleton College, Colorado College, Davidson College, Denison University, Furman University, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Hobart And William Smith Colleges, Macalester College, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Pomona College, Reed College, Rhodes College, Scripps College, Smith College, Swarthmore College, Vassar College, Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, and Williams College.

AALAC Mission Statement

The liberal arts colleges that comprise AALAC vary in size, region and resources but share common educational goals and institutional challenges. AALAC strives to advance liberal arts education through collective efforts to support faculty research and teaching so as to enhance the overall experience of students and to develop faculty leadership. By working together, AALAC members seek to develop a broader view of their institutions in the landscape of higher education and thereby to address more effectively the pressing challenges facing American liberal arts colleges. Through assessment of AALAC activities and dissemination of our findings, the organization seeks to share best practices with other liberal arts colleges and to make the case to the larger public for the value of liberal education in the twenty-first century.

Workshop Proposals to be Funded in the Spring Semester, Summer or Fall Semester of 2024

AALAC provides funds to support workshops that enable faculty members from AALAC institutions to gather and work together on a subject of mutual interest. Designed and organized by the faculty, the workshops may focus on topics relating to research, curricula, or pedagogy and, where relevant, may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary. The workshops may take place during the academic year or summer and may be held on member institution campuses or may extend a stay at professional meetings by a day or two. For the upcoming round, it is anticipated that about ten workshops will be funded. These workshops may take place in the spring, summer, or fall semester of 2024.

Workshop Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to proposals that are planned jointly by several faculty members from three or more (ideally, at least five) of the AALAC institutions. It is hoped that the workshops will foster collaboration among these institutions and might lead to sustained interactions in scholarship or pedagogy among faculty. When selecting workshop proposals for funding, the Workshop Selection Committee will prioritize workshops that achieve the following:

  • Breadth of impact within a discipline or across disciplines and familiarity with the current state of the field
  • Integration of pedagogy and scholarship
  • Well-developed plans for follow-up activities and significant outcomes.

Assessment of the workshop is required within one year of completion.

Workshop Proposal Guidelines

Workshop proposals should contain the following items:

  • A description (not to exceed five hundred words) of the proposed workshop, its rationale and intended audience, its schedule and format, and its goals and intended impact. Proposals should also include a discussion of any anticipated follow-up activities that workshop groups might envision. 2. A list of the faculty members who will be the workshop leaders and of other faculty members who will assist in the detailed planning of the workshop
  • The name, email address, and institutional affiliation of one designated workshop liaison. This individual must be one of the workshop organizers at the institution that would host the workshop. He or she will be responsible for submitting the proposal to the dean/provost at the proposed host institution and for conveying information to the other members of the workshop group. The dean/provost at the proposed host institution will decide whether the proposal should be forwarded to the Workshop Selection Committee.
  • Condensed CVs (not to exceed two pages) of the above individuals.
  • A preliminary budget, which may support the following:
    • A modest stipend to be shared among the primary workshop organizer(s) ($500 for smaller workshops, up to $1,000 for larger ones)
    • Travel and accommodation expenses for faculty participants from the AALAC
    • Travel and accommodation expenses and a modest stipend for speakers from outside the AALAC. Please note that $1,000 is the maximum honorarium fee for each speaker.
    • Modest staff support for organizing the logistics (hotel space, etc.) for the workshop
    • Administrative expenses

The faculty member preparing the proposal should submit it to their dean/provost by May 5, 2023. Deans/provosts will forward all approved proposals to Janet Tobin at Amherst College, who will forward the materials to the Workshop Selection Committee, which will make the final decisions about proposals to be funded. Workshop awards will be announced by mid-July.

Encouraging Participation in Funded Workshops

Workshop organizers should endeavor to accommodate faculty from as many AALAC institutions as possible. The AALAC deans/provosts may provide supplemental support through their own institutional funds to enable additional colleagues to participate in a given workshop, if space permits. Workshops may vary in cost and number of participants. Funding levels will depend on the nature and scope of the workshop.

The maximum funding for an individual workshop is $20,000.