Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 15 – November 28, 2017

Update from the Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee has selected two finalists for campus interviews. The interview with the first candidate will take place on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 and with the second candidate on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8. The candidates will visit both the McMinnville and Portland campuses. Additional information will be forthcoming later in the week.

Comprehensive Enrollment Planning Survey

Thank you to those who participated in the Comprehensive Enrollment Planning (CEP) survey. We received truly thoughtful comments on the current list of submitted ideas, and the Cabinet, CEP Council and CEP Steering Committee will all be looking at results more closely in the coming weeks. Also, if you provided your contact information when you completed the survey, we will follow up with you soon.

If the survey inspired you to envision ideas that were not already represented on the list, please consider submitting these new ideas to To review the list of currently submitted ideas, and for further information about the CEP process, please visit the CEP website (accessible to all Linfield employees with Catnet login):

Jan Term Writing Retreat

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and organized by the Faculty Development Subcommittee, the Seventh Annual January Faculty Writing Retreat is an opportunity for participating faculty to immerse themselves in a writing project. You can work on a grant application, a manuscript revision, course syllabi or assignments, or any other professional writing tasks that awaits you. This year, to privilege the writing process and to invite more interaction among participating faculty, the retreat will be hosted across three Fridays, January 5, 12, and 19.

Coffee and tea will be available in the morning, and lunch at noon, provided by Academic Affairs. Faculty are encouraged to attend all three days, but are welcome to come only to those parts of the retreat their schedules allow.

Friday, January 5, Friday, January 12, and Friday, January 19
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Nicholson Library Conference Room
RSVP here 

Reading Day and Scheduled Final Exams

Reading Day, scheduled for Monday, December 11 on the McMinnville and Portland campuses, is a day for students to prepare for final examinations. Final exams, final in-class exercises, and other culminating course activities should not be scheduled during Reading Day.

To avoid conflicts for students and faculty, courses should meet during their published times in the final exam schedule. A change in exam date should only be granted in the rare situation where a student is “scheduled to take more than two examinations in one day” per the Faculty Handbook, Section VII.17.

Food or Funds Drive to Stuff the Bus

This holiday season, Linfield is partnering with YCAP and Willamette Valley Medical Center for a community-wide food drive. The Linfield drive will culminate in a “Stuff the Bus” event on Friday, December 8, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall.

We encourage each department to fill a box with food, or an envelope with donations, and bring it to the event on December 8.

To donate food, please refer to the list of items most needed. Boxes for food items along with information can be picked up outside Riley 301.

To donate funds, YCAP has agreements with local markets to stretch dollars, so that $10.00=33 meals. Please make any checks out to YCAP Food Bank.

If you prefer to donate as an individual, you can visit to donate online to YCAP and make a note of “Linfield STB” at checkout.

If you have gently-used or like-new coats and new/unwrapped toys that you would like to donate, you can leave them in the donation bin outside the ASLC office in Riley Hall 216. 

Please contact Joni Tonn at with questions.

Course Evaluations

Course evaluations will be administered via CoursEval as usual. Devoting class time to completing evaluations is the most efficient way to increase student participation. Here’s a recommended approach:

  1. Schedule 10-15 minutes at the end of a class period to allow for thoughtful comments.
  2. Ask students to open their laptops or iOS devices, and log into Blackboard to access “My CoursEval”.
  3. Leave the room.

If you teach an online course, please consider using the Blackboard announcement tool to remind your students to evaluate the course.

Monday, December 4, 7:00 am: Faculty receive a reminder that evaluations are open to students.
Friday, December 15, 11:59 pm: Evaluations close.
Saturday, December 23: Faculty will receive individual emails with links to each course evaluation report.

If you have any questions regarding CoursEval, please contact:

McMinnville: Amy Scholer at
OCE: Brett Hardee at

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation offers approximately 300 awards (up to $7,500 per year) to undergraduate science or mathematics majors for their last year or two of undergraduate study. Students must be planning a research career in science or mathematics.

The campus deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Please encourage students who meet these criteria to contact Competitive Scholarships Advisor Tom Mertes at

Please Remind Students…

Students must upload this semester's LC exemplars to Taskstream
Friday, December 15

Important Deadlines

Files of candidates for promotion and tenure close to candidates
Friday, December 1 

Last Day of Classes
Friday, December 8 

Final Grades Due (all students, all campuses)
Friday, December 22 before 12:00 p.m. 

Upcoming Events

Promotion and Tenure Drop-In Times
Wednesday, November 29
3:00-5:00 p.m. in Taylor 202

Stephen Bricher will email candidates to arrange meetings.

The Hungry Mind Humanities Lecture Series
“Queers in the Middle Ages? A Lesbian/Trans Reading of One Medieval Romance"
Presented by Jamie Friedman, Assistant Professor of English
Wednesday, November 29
4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room 

First-Year Faculty Lunch: Academic Advising
Friday, December 1
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW 

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series
“Having Difficult Conversations with Co-Workers”
Friday, December 1
Two identical sessions offered; only sign up for one.
Session 1: 8:00–11:30 a.m. in Riley 201
Session 2: 1:00–4:30 p.m. in Riley 201

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

Holiday Social and Employee Recognition Ceremonies
Monday, December 4
5:00-6:30 p.m. in Peterson Hall Foyer 

Thursday, December 14
3:30-5:00 p.m. in Riley Hall Fred Meyer Lounge 

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Thinking Toward a Linfield College Honors Program”
Presented by Nick Buccola and Joe Wilkins
Tuesday, December 5
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, December 11
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW 

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