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Monday, September 26, 2022


Note from the Provost – Visiting Departments and Programs

In the past few months I have had the opportunity to meet with several offices on campus and a few departments and programs. Thank you to all of the departments and programs that have hosted me. I have found these conversations to be truly engaging and helpful in getting to know Carleton better. To those departments and programs that have not invited me, please consider this a reminder that I am happy to be invited to meet with you to learn more about you and answer any questions about me or my learning process to date. Please feel free to get in touch with Peggy to schedule a time.

LTC News: A Liberal Arts Laboratory and a Change of Location

Please note the room change for the LTC lunch on Tuesday, September 27 on exploring “A ‘Liberal Arts Laboratory’: Teaching with Archives, Maps, and Rare Books.” This session takes place in the Alumni Guest House (AGH) meeting room. Everyone is welcome; lunch will be available at 11:45am and the presentation will begin at noon. This session will highlight creative approaches to incorporating Gould Library’s unique physical collections into a variety of disciplines, adding a new dimension to a class. The speakers will share ways that faculty have worked with materials to create cross-disciplinary activities. Please see the LTC Events calendar for more information.

New Faculty Teaching Fellows Program

A new cohort of Faculty Teaching Fellows, funded by an ACM FaCE grant, are available to offer compassionate, low-stakes, formative support for their colleagues’ teaching outside of the context of formal review processes. In addition, the LTC offers several programs to support faculty development in teaching, including our successful student observer program staffed by the LTC Student Fellows. Please see the LTC Programs website for more information.

Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium Registration Deadline is Thursday

There’s still time for students to register to present a poster at this year’s Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium, but that won’t be true for much longer: the deadline is this Thursday, September 29, using the online registration form. As in the past, participants will be required to submit the final version of their poster when they register. 

The symposium itself will be from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Friday, October 14, in the Weitz Commons.  Due to the large number of posters we anticipate, and to give student presenters a chance to see some of the other posters, each poster will be presented at one of two sessions.  The first session will be from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm, then there will be half an hour of transition time, and the second session will be from 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm.  

Class Visits for Prospective Students

We are excited to welcome prospective students to campus to get a sense for the Carleton experience. Please keep your eyes peeled for emails from the Admissions Office regarding vaccinated and boosted students joining your classes. Generally, students will be visiting classes on Mondays and Fridays, beginning Monday, September 26, with big events on Monday, October 3 (Taste of Carleton) and Friday, October 21 (Falling for Carleton). We know from past experience that many prospective students find their class visits and interactions with faculty engaging, compelling, and an invaluable part of their time on campus, and both the Admissions Office and the Office of the Provost appreciate faculty engagement with prospective students. As questions arise, please direct them to Holly at hbuttrey@carleton.edu.


Sophomorphosis Begins on Wednesday, September 28

The annual Sophomorphosis, a series of presentations by offices across campus that profile subjects pertinent to the sophomore experience, starts Wednesday, Sept. 28, with an introduction to “Fellowships and Undergraduate Research at Carleton” from 4-5 p.m. in Leighton 304. Other events will focus on planning for an Off-Campus Studies program, writing résumés, leveraging Career Center resources, introducing the pre-health (pre-med) program, and detailing the sophomore writing portfolio requirement. The two weeks culminate with our annual Majors and Minors Fair in Great Hall from 6:30-8:00pm on Thursday, October 13. Please forward this information and the Sophomorphosis brochure to your sophomore and enterprising first-year advisees.

Off-Campus Studies

The 2023-24 Off-Campus Studies program websites are live and you can check them out now! If you have any advisees interested in studying abroad, have them schedule an advising appointment with an OCS adviser. OCS will be hosting two sessions during Sophomorphosis so it would be great if you encourage your first-year and sophomore advisees to attend. 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7-8:00 p.m., Leighton 305
  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-6:00 p.m., Leighton 305

Comps Fellowships for Seniors

COMPS ADVISERS: The Office of Student Fellowships will again offer Comps Fellowships to Seniors.  We’ll make awards of up to $2,000 each for students to pursue Comps research over Winter Break.  Applications (which draw directly on the Comps proposal) are due October 18, 2022, at noon, and decisions will be announced no later than November 1. See more details on the Student Fellowships website.

Advising Quick Links

Grants and Fellowships

Associated Colleges of the Midwest – Call for Preproposals

ACM’s Institutionalizing Community-Based Pedagogies initiative, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, aims to institutionalize community-based pedagogies at liberal arts colleges. This funding opportunity encourages ACM faculty and staff to develop collaborative projects that seek to enhance the place and stature of community-based learning and/or community-based research on and across ACM campuses.

The preproposal deadline is Friday, October 14. Awards will likely range from $5,000 to $15,000; larger collaborations across multiple institutions may be funded up to $30,000. Those interested in this call should speak with the Provost and the Grants Office prior to applying.

NEH Spotlight on the Humanities

The NEH Spotlight on the Humanities program supports the exploration and development of small projects that would benefit students from underserved communities through the teaching and study of the humanities at small to mid-sized institutions of higher education. The program supports activities such as curricular or program development, expert consultations, speakers’ series, student research, creation of teaching resources, and community engagement. Projects may benefit students, faculty, the institution or organization, and/or the community. This program features a simplified application, with a five-page narrative and work plan at the core.

The Spotlight program has two funding levels:

  •   Exploration: up to $25,000 for up to 1 year
  •   Development: up to $60,000 for up to 2 years

Applications are due Wednesday, November 2, 2022; projects must begin between June 1 and September 1, 2023.

Conferences and Workshops

Eckerd College’s Nielsen Center Teaching Workshop for Early Career Faculty

Eckerd College is pleased to announce the 2023 Nielsen Center Teaching Workshop for Early Career Faculty is now accepting applications. Recipients receive fully funded travel and accommodations. Applications are due by Monday, October 17, 2022.  This is a paid workshop to join a supportive faculty learning community that reflects on vocation of liberal arts educators and explores teaching identity, pedagogical practices, and student learning. Connect with new colleagues in a retreat-style fellowship program at Eckerd College on Florida’s Gulf Coast. You can learn more at https://nielsencenter.eckerd.edu/2023-workshop-for-early-career-faculty/