Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly



Volume 5, Issue 13 – November 7, 2017


Linfield’s Accreditation Steering Committee has been formed, and work is starting on our comprehensive self-study. The members of the Accreditation Steering Committee are Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Laura Brener, Charlotte Goddard, Michael Hampton, Susan Hopp, Michael Huntsberger, Shaik Ismail, Chris Keaveney, Jeff Mackay, Jackson Miller, Jennifer Nordstrom, Aaron Tabacco, and Susan Barnes Whyte.

The Committee is meeting this week to discuss the accreditation process, to review a timeline for the completion of the self-study, and to outline goals for fall 2017. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report, due in fall 2018 and followed shortly thereafter by a visit to campus by NWCCU accreditors in spring 2019, will detail Linfield’s efforts in five areas: mission & core themes, resources & capacity, planning & implementation, effectiveness & improvement, and mission fulfillment & sustainability.

Members of the Accreditation Steering Committee may be contacting faculty and staff with requests for information to be included in this report. If you have any questions about the self-study or the overall accreditation process, please contact Jackson Miller at

Advising and Registration: McMinnville Campus

Registration for 2018 Jan Term and Spring classes began yesterday and continues through this week (and beyond). Faculty advisors should approve registration on WebAdvisor for the advisees with whom they have met, and reach out to the others. 

If you have advisees that tell you that they are planning to take a leave of absence or withdraw from Linfield (including transferring to another school), please gather more information and provide any support you can. If the issues are financial, medical, or personal, there are resources you can refer students to. If you are uncertain who to refer them to, please contact Dan Preston at If a student does need to withdraw or take a leave of absence, they must file the appropriate forms with several administrative offices by the end of the semester.

Internships Contribute to Career Success

Students who complete one or more internships or other field experiences have a better chance of being employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation, compared to students with no internship experience. (Source: NACE: Impact of internships on Liberal Arts, September 2017). Career Development is currently hosting Internship Week to connect students with employers who seek to employ liberal arts students and graduates. Let Career Development know if you would like internship development support. Contact Kristi Mackay at

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series

Faculty are invited to attend “First Generation on Campus,” the next session in the Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series, held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. Led by Esperance Ibuka, Hilda Escalera Gonzalez and Gerardo Ochoa, this session will focus on the unique challenges faced by first-generation college students and explore strategies to continue building upon the support systems currently in place. 

Different topics of interest will be covered in this collaborative series throughout the academic year. Registration and detailed information can be found on the Human Resources webpage.

November Faculty Lecture

The Faculty Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Joan Haaland Paddock, on “The Lur of Prillar Guri.”

Paddock will discuss the background and construction of the lur, as well as share the story of the heroine, Prillar Guri, who sounded the lur to save her people from Scottish invasion during the Kalmar War in 1612 at the Battle of Kringen.

The lecture will be on Wednesday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall. For more information about the Faculty Lecture Series, please contact Meridith Symons at

Linfield Diverse Community Resource

Earlier this fall, a call was made for faculty and staff historically underrepresented in their disciplines to serve as volunteers willing to be contacted by faculty candidates invited to campus to interview. Twenty-six people agreed to serve as volunteers to share their experiences at Linfield and our surrounding community.  We are in need of more volunteers.

Faculty searches are currently underway, and an invitation to speak to a  resource person will only be provided to final candidates.  If you would like to serve as a resource or if you would like more information, please contact Gerardo Ochoa at

Please Remind Students…

Last day to drop a course with a W
OCE: Friday, November 10

Jan Term and Spring Registration
McMinnville: Monday, November 6 - Thursday, November 9
OCE: begins Monday, November 13

Last day to complete incomplete courses from Spring/Summer 2016
Wednesday, November 15

Department Chair Deadlines

2018-19 “Basic” Load Sheets
Department Chairs are encouraged to schedule time with Jackson Miller or Amy Scholer for help or questions.
Due Friday, November 17 

2018-19 Budgets
Please refer to October 30 email from Susan Agre-Kippenhan. 

Important Deadlines

Submit CourseEval Custom Questions
Submit to Amy Scholer at indicating Department Chair approval.
Due Friday, November 10 

Files of candidates for promotion and tenure close to everyone except the candidate
Wednesday, November 15 

Upcoming Events

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“CRAC (Critical reasoning Across the Curriculum)”
Presented by Leonard Finkelman
Tuesday, November 7
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

First-Year Faculty Lunch: Shared Governance
Friday, November 10
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW 

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, November 13
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW 

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series
“First Generation on Campus”
Thursday, November 16
12:00–1:30 p.m. in Riley 201 

IRB Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 16
4:00-5:00 p.m.
RSVP to Tanya Tompkins at by Monday, November 13 if you wish to attend. 

Promotion and Tenure Drop-In Times
Thursday, November 16
3:00-5:00 p.m. in Taylor 202 

Stephen Bricher will email candidates to arrange meetings.

Thanksgiving Break
No classes in session
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24

PLACE events
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