Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 19 – February 13, 2018

Competitive Scholarship Day

Department chairs received an email on Wednesday, February 1 requesting confirmation of proctor and Academic Fair representative(s). Thank you to those who have responded. If you have not already done so, please respond to Patrick Wilson at as soon as possible.

Assist Coaches with Recruiting

Along with Admission, Linfield coaches work extremely hard to recruit students. Talking to faculty is a key factor in a student-athlete’s decision to enroll at Linfield.

If you receive a request from Matt Dressel or Jan Adams in Admission to coordinate a classroom visit or a meeting with a prospective student, please respond promptly. Coaches report that we have already lost at least one potential student due to a lack of response.

Colloquium Advisors Needed

At least 15 additional faculty advisors are needed to reach the target 2018-19 Colloquium section sizes of 18 students. Every department needs to participate. If there are fewer faculty, section sizes will need to increase. Participating faculty will receive stipends of at least $1,300 for their work.

Interested faculty should consult their department chair and contact Ellen Crabtree at by Friday, February 23.

New Student Update

This week, 14 new students have begun taking classes in McMinnville, and 72 in Portland. McMinnville students include 7 international exchange students and 7 transfer students. Last year at this time, we had 4 international, 5 first-year and 14 transfer students. Portland’s class is made up of 28 students who have migrated from McMinnville, and 44 direct transfer students.

As a reminder, first-year and transfer students who started at Linfield this spring are asked to invite a faculty member out for lunch or a cup of coffee. The purpose of this activity is to nurture out-of-class student and faculty interaction. Research has shown that students are more likely to stay at an institution when they feel that at least one person at that institution really cares about them.

McMinnville: First-year and transfer students are provided vouchers to pay for meals at Dillin or coffee at Starbucks during their first semester at Linfield. Students are not permitted to invite their faculty advisor.

Portland: Academic Affairs and Student Life provide any Portland student with $5 to the Legacy Café for coffee.

Jan Term Report

2018 marked our third year of required first-year student Jan Term attendance, and we are encouraged at how quickly the campus culture has shifted to accommodate this requirement.

There were 707 students on campus, and attendance at campus events increased overall. We conduct a Jan Term event survey in CoursEval alongside course evaluations, and feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive, such as:

“…I can learn what not to do as well as do from history and work through tough issues with people that are not necessarily the same as me.”
“I am definitely considering taking Jan Term all four years.”

Faculty Lecture Series

The Faculty Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Joe Wilkins, on

“Language, Memory, and Story: Writing Across the Genres.”
Through lecture and readings, Wilkins will discuss his own considerations as a cross-genre writer in fitting language to the world—whether poem, essay, or story.

The lecture will be on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall.

Faculty Grant and Professional Development Opportunities

The National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) requests applications from scholars seeking Fellowships in support of advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars. Applications are due by April 11.

NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School Teachers and College and University Faculty supports seminars and institutes that take place in between June through August at institutions of higher education throughout the nation.  Applications must be submitted directly to the host institution and are due by Thursday, March 1.

For more information contact Catherine Jarmin Miller at or past summer program participant Nick Buccola at

Please Remind Students…

Student applications due for all 2018-19 study abroad programs
Due Friday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m. to the International Programs Office, Walker 120 

Last Day to Add a Class
McMinnville/Portland: Friday, February 16
OCE: Friday, February 23 

Last Day to Drop with No Record
McMinnville/Portland: Friday, February 23
OCE: Friday, March 2

Department Chair Deadlines

Submit copies of syllabi to Academic Affairs
Email to Meridith Symons at
Due Friday, February 16 

Important Deadlines

Summer 2017 Student Faculty Collaborative Research Post-Grant Reports
Email to
Due Thursday, February 15 

Significant changes to a major or minor
Please submit through Curriculum Committee website.
Due Monday, February 19 

Course proposals for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and January 2019
Please submit through Curriculum Committee website.
Due Tuesday, February 20 

Faculty Development Grant Applications
Email application to
Please include all materials as a single file.
Due Monday, March 5 

Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Applications
Email application to
Please include all materials as a single file.
Due Monday, March 5 

Upcoming Events

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Applying for Faculty Development and Collaborative Research Grants”
Presented by the Faculty Development Subcommittee and IRB Chair
Tuesday, February 13
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
“Poll Everywhere: Student Response system”
Wednesday, February 14
4:00 p.m. in Renshaw Lab

Second Year Faculty Breakfast: Preparing for Faculty Development Meetings
Thursday, February 15
8:00 a.m. in Dillin Hall Chef’s Room 

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series
“Creating a Culture of Care for LGBTQ+ Student Success”
Presented by Thomas Arce, Sponsored by Student Affairs & Academic Affairs
Thursday, February 15
12:00-1:30 p.m. in Riley 201 (lunch is provided)

Board of Trustees Meetings
Thursday, February 15 – Saturday, February 17 

Competitive Scholarship Day
Sunday, February 18 

Portland First Year Faculty Lunch: Preparing for Faculty Development Meetings
Monday, February 19
12:00 p.m. at location to be determined 

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, February 19
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW 

IRB Committee Meeting
Monday, February 19
4:00 p.m.
RSVP to Tanya Tompkins at by Wednesday, February 14 if you wish to attend. 

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch"Toward a PLACE 2.0?"
Presented by Pat Cottrell
Tuesday, February 20
12:15 p.m. in NW Dillin
RSVP here

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
“Kaltura: Creating Your First Video for a Course”
Wednesday, February 21
4:00 p.m. in Renshaw Lab

Faculty Lecture Series
“Language, Memory, and Story: Writing Across the Genres”
Presented by Joe Wilkins, Associate Professor of English
Wednesday, February 21
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall 

Linfield BSU Presents: Jane Elliot Speaks
Thursday, February 22
7:00 p.m. in Ice Auditorium 

Division Meetings
Monday, February 26
4:00 p.m. 

McMenamin’s History Pub
“Whaling the Pacific World: An Unprecedented Adventure”
Presented by Lissa Wadewitz
Monday, February 26
6:30 p.m. at Hotel Oregon: Mattie’s Room (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) 

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