Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 18 – February 6, 2018


As we come back to the familiar rhythms of college life, our mission, Connecting Learning, Life, and Community, reminds us that we share a common ethos. Our commitment to providing transformational educational experiences remains steadfast, and we hope that this ideal inspires our important work during the spring semester.

Over December and January, we in Academic Affairs worked on presidential transition documentation; increased transfer student possibilities with Chemeketa Community College; and held another successful Jan Term.

The CPBC Budget Working Group presented the 2018-19 budget in Portland yesterday, and present in McMinnville this Thursday at noon in Riley 201. We encourage you to attend and, as always, after the meeting the presentation will be available to everyone.

In the midst of this important time at Linfield, as we transition from the leadership of President Hellie and prepare to welcome our new president Dr. Miles Davis, we in Academic Affairs want to provide ongoing support, information, and advice. We welcome your thoughts on what you need from us.



Work in preparation for our Year Seven site visit continues. The Accreditation Steering Committee met in January for the first of their monthly meetings to review progress on timeline milestones and develop key performance indicators based on Linfield’s Core Themes.

Since work on collecting data and writing reports is ongoing, you may be contacted with requests for information to be included some of these reports. If you have any questions about the Year Seven self-study or the overall accreditation process, please contact Jackson Miller at

Curriculum and Cost Analysis Task Force

The Curriculum and Cost Analysis Task Force met twice over January to review the cost analysis data that was produced as part of the Comprehensive Enrollment Planning (CEP) process. The purpose of this Task Force is to review the CEP cost analysis data, identify departments or programs that have potential to attract new students, and meet with faculty in those departments to suggest specific actions that could be taken to increase enrollments.

Representatives from the Curriculum and Cost Analysis Task Force will be contacting department chairs soon to set up meetings to discuss the data and to formulate enrollment strategies. Members of the Task Force include Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Anton Belov, Virlena Crosley, Jennifer Heath, Laura Kenow, Jackson Miller, Jeff Summers, Jackie Webb, Lisa Weidman, and Brian Winkenweder.

Admission Needs your Help

Department Chairs received an email from Admission requesting faculty help contacting the 377 students who have not RSVP’d to Competitive Scholarship Day. The deadline is Monday, February 12.

Your phone calls to invited students could have a significant impact. Please connect with your Department Chair and help.

Competitive Scholarship Day is Linfield’s single biggest recruitment event. Students who attend competitive scholarship day enroll at the College at twice the rate of students who do not attend—even if they do not receive an award!

Seeking Colloquium Instructors/ New Student Advisors

We are seeking 25 faculty members to serve as Colloquium instructors and advisors to new first-year and transfer students. Leading a Colloquium section affords faculty the opportunity to guide and mentor a group of new students and directly support student persistence. Faculty teaching a Colloquium section will receive a stipend of at least $1,300.

Colloquium format/content revision is underway in consultation with Student Policies Committee. Looking ahead to Fall 2018, we foresee streamlined class sessions and two options for Colloquium class meeting times: Mondays, 6:30-7:20 p.m. or Fridays, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Interested faculty should consult their department chair and contact Ellen Crabtree at by Friday, February 23. Faculty may also nominate potential Colloquium Peer Advisors by forwarding their names to Ellen and referring them to the Peer Advisor application on Cat Connect.

Board of Trustees to Visit

Faculty who are willing to host a Trustee dinner at their home on Friday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. are asked to contact Kathy Cook at Hosts are reimbursed for dinner expenses and Linfield will provide wine.

Interested Portland faculty are invited to attend a dinner and may also elect to co-host with a McMinnville campus faculty member.

Several Board of Trustees members are planning to visit classrooms on the afternoon of Thursday, February 15. If you teach a class during this time and are interested in participating, please contact Meridith Symons at

Welcome New Staff

Once per semester, we like to catch everyone up on new employees who have joined us over the past term. We are delighted to announce that several vacant positions have been filled in the Academic Affairs division. When you have an opportunity, please take a moment to introduce yourself.

Jason Barber, Education Department Program Manager
Christy Chaung, Academic Advisor (Pre-Nursing Advising)
Chris Dahlvig, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business
Anna Harrington, Assistant Director of Nursing Recruitment
Tiffany Hinkle, OCE Program Coordinator
Kim Jones, Dean of Nursing
Kathryn Kuskie, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
Chris Kahle, Director of Experiential Learning Center, School of Nursing

Jane Elliot Lecture

Linfield’s Black Student Union will present a lecture by Jane Elliot, an internationally known teacher, lecturer, and diversity trainer known for her “blue eyes—brown eyes” exercise. Elliot will speak and answer questions about colorism in reference to her previous research in Ice Auditorium on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.

In light of Black History Month, this is an opportunity to discuss the research done and conversations started and not yet ended about the Black experience in America.

Elliot’s visit is a collaborative effort: BSU partnered with the Psychology and Theater/Communication Arts departments and the event is sponsored by the Diversity Advisory Committee, English Department, Political Science Department, Multicultural Programs, and the Nicholson Library.

Spring Faculty Meeting Dates

Faculty meeting dates for the spring semester are provided below. Please mark your calendars.

Faculty Assembly Meetings
February 12, March 12, April 9 and May 7
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland 

Department Chairs’ Meetings
February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 14
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW

Division Meetings
February 26, March 19 and April 23
4:00 p.m.
Locations will be announced by each division chair.

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunches
Please see link for details. 

Faculty Workday
Friday, March 9
TIMES in McMenamin’s Grand Lodge, Forest Grove

Faculty Achievement Celebration
Thursday, May 17 (Reading Day)
Time and location to be announced.

Student Symposium Day
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the Keck Campus, McMinnville 

Please Remind Students…

Last Day to Add a Class for McMinnville/Portland Campus
Friday, February 16 

Department Chair Deadlines

Fall 2018 Load Sheets Due
Please refer to Jackson’s January 22 email for details.
Email to
Due Friday, February 9

Confirm Competitive Scholarship Day proctors and Academic Fair representative(s)
Competitive Scholarship Day is Sunday, February 18.
Academic Fair: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Exams: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Email Patrick Wilson at
Due Friday, February 9 

Contact students for Competitive Scholarship Day RSVP’s
Please refer to Lisa Knodle-Bragiel’s February 5 email for details.
Due Monday, February 12 

Submit syllabi to Academic Affairs
Email syllabi 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 

Upcoming Events

Benefits Information Sessions
Please refer to Betty Henninger’s January 26 email for details. All sessions will be held in Riley 201. 

Tuesday, February 6
Session 1:  1:00–2:00 p.m.
Session 2:  3:00–4:00 p.m. 

Friday, February 9
Session 1:  10:00–11:00 a.m.
Session 2:  1:00–2:00 p.m.
Session 3:  3:00–4:00 p.m.

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
“Poll Everywhere: Student Response system”
Wednesday, February 7
4:00 p.m. in Renshaw Lab 

2017-18 Budget Presentation
Thursday, February 8
12:00-1:00 p.m. in Riley 201

First Year Faculty Lunch: Preparing for Faculty Development Meetings
Friday, February 9
12:15 p.m. in Dillin Hall Walnut Room 

First Day of Classes
OCE: Monday, February 12 

Benefits Fair
Monday, February 12
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Peterson Hall Gallery 

Friday, February 16
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Upper Gymnasium

Faculty Assembly
Monday, February 12
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland 

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

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

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

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

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