Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 7 – September 26, 2017

Continued Success: Linfield Pre-Orientation Programs

Linfield offers four pre-orientation programs to incoming freshmen. Participants use the week before orientation to delve deeply into experiential, focused learning; and to connect with their classmates, campus and community before starting classes. Not only do these programs get students off to a good start, but participants have strong retention rates, as well as a higher-than-average four-year graduation rate. 67 students (approximately 16% of eligible students) participated this year.

First CLAS (Community, Leadership, Action and Service) was founded in 2011 and is led by Joni Tonn, Director for Community Engagement and Service, along with 11 student leaders to help students explore a range of leadership, community and civic engagement options.

The SOIL Project, founded in 2013, is led by Sustainability Coordinator Duncan Reid and four peer advisors. SOIL focuses on sustainability practices including food production and waste management.

The following two pre-orientation programs provide an interdisciplinary focus and continue with activities across the academic year. Both programs have attracted external funding: iFOCUS from the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust and Hearst Foundation and Arts and Humanities in Action (AHA) from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

iFOCUS was founded in 2012 and is led by Michael Crosser, Professor of Physics, along with eight faculty and five peer advisors. The program offers experience with each of the Science disciplines. Five student-led learning communities have been created for 2017-18, focused on topics such as Computational History and Philosophy of Science.

Arts and Humanities in Action (AHA), founded in 2015, is led by Tom Mertes, Competitive Scholarships Advisor, with six faculty and four peer advisors. AHA focuses on one historical event, explored through the lens of six different Humanities disciplines. AHA students are eligible for internships and special career development opportunities. Please see the article in The Linfield News.

Transfer Colloquium Advisor Needed

While this semester has barely begun, Spring 2018 is around the corner. We are hoping to identify a faculty member interested in serving as a Transfer Colloquium instructor/advisor in the spring semester. Please contact Ellen Crabtree at if you are interested.

Department Chair Deadlines

Academic department chairs recently received instructions for the following requests. Please see your department chair if you would like further information.

Competitive Scholarship Day Materials
Confirm exam and exam description as described in the September 19 email from Patrick Wilson.
Due Friday, September 29

Submit Student Professional Travel requests
Please refer to the September 11 email from Jackson Miller.
Department Chairs submit requests to
Due Friday, October 6

Important Deadlines

Deadline for nominations for promotion and tenure
Email nominations to:
Stephen Bricher at
Meridith Symons at
Due Friday, September 30

2016-17 Fiscal Year Closing on WebAdvisor
See last week’s issue for details.

Submit Proposals for 2019 Jan Term Off-Campus Courses
Please submit through Curriculum Committee website. Refer to the August 23 email from Kaarina Beam for details.
Due Monday, October 2

Sabbatical Applications
Email your application as a single pdf file to
Due Monday, October 2

Faculty Development Grant Applications
Email your application as a single pdf file to
Due Monday, October 2

Submit IRB Applications requiring full review
Submit applications via email to Tanya Tompkins at
Due Thursday, October 5

Upcoming Events

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
"Campus Climate Survey Results, Implications, and Discussion"
Presented by Dimitri Kelly
Tuesday, September 26
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Scott Smith Memorial
Thursday, September 28
4:00 p.m. in Ice Auditorium
Reception to follow immediately in Jonassen Hall.

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Ultimate Questions (UQ) Working Group”
Presented by Brenda DeVore Marshall, UQ Working Group Chair
Friday, September 29
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Homecoming Events:

First-Year Faculty Lunch: Meet Second- and Third-Year Faculty
Friday, October 6
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW

Fall Break
McMinnville and Portland: no classes held
Monday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 10

PLACE events
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