Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly

Commencement

Volume 5, Issue 4 – September 5, 2017

State of the College

We encourage all faculty and staff to attend this year’s State of the College address.

Monday, September 11
12:00 p.m. in Ice Auditorium
Videoconferencing will be provided to the Peterson Hall Conference Room on the Portland campus.

Debriefing the DACA Decision: Reaction & Response

In light of this morning’s federal announcement to rescind the DACA program, faculty are invited to join students, staff, and community members to be together in community to support our DREAMers.

Tuesday September 5
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center (Withnell Commons)

Academic Affairs Update

Since Jackson Miller joined the Dean’s Office, we have been working to better define our individual roles in order to provide more effective service and support for Linfield’s academic programs.

Susan will supervise the overall planning, budgeting, and management of academic programs and comprehensive enrollment planning efforts. She will continue to serve as co-chair of the College Planning and Budgeting Council and conduct professional development meetings with every faculty member as part of the promotion and tenure process.

Jackson will lead our efforts in accreditation, including assisting with the development and monitoring of assessment tools, organizing scheduled program reviews with departments, and coordinating the writing of the 2018 comprehensive self-study. On the curriculum front, Jackson will also be responsible for teaching load and adjunct contracts, representing Academic Affairs at Curriculum Committee meetings, and providing support for Linfield’s First Year Experience and PLACE.

Gerardo will serve as co-chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee and will continue to work with campus departments on diversity and inclusion initiatives. Gerardo will also serve as lead contact for external groups and organizations looking to partner with the college.

Susan, Jackson and Gerardo will collaborate on faculty development, including mentoring and professional development initiatives, efforts to improve campus and classroom climate and inclusivity, and meetings with faculty search committees.

Chris Gaiser will continue to provide support for selected academic affairs projects throughout the year, including the Faculty Lecture Series and the Symposium. Chris will also continue to work on designated ongoing projects such as an updated Department Chair’s Manual.

Comprehensive Enrollment Planning

Dr. Michael Williams, a consultant who has done extensive research for the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and specializes in institutional research at small colleges, will be visiting Linfield on Wednesday, September 13. Mike will introduce the College to a process he has developed for enrollment planning, and he specializes in cost and demand analysis for academic programs and co-curricular programs.

Mike has previously served on the faculty at George Fox University and chaired the English Department at William Jewell College. With his background in the humanities and his understanding of the liberal arts, Mike has the experience and knowledge to help us to collect and analyze relevant data about our own programs.

Mike will hold an open meeting for all faculty on Wednesday, September 13 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Riley 201. The information produced by Mike and his group will also be shared when it becomes available.

Faculty Lecture Series

We are thrilled to announce the Fall 2017 Faculty Lecture Series speakers. All lectures are at 7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall.

Kaarina Beam
“Is Truth Dead? Fact You!”
Wednesday, September 20

John Sagers
“From Farmer to Financial Giant: Shibusawa Ei'ichi’s Blend of Confucianism and Capitalism in the Industrialization of Japan”
Wednesday, October 18

Joan Haaland Paddock
“The Lur of Prillar Guri”
Wednesday, November 15

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Not to be confused with “Competitive Scholarship Day,” Nationally Competitive Scholarships are prestigious awards presented to the finest students in the nation. Scholarship deadlines vary, falling throughout the academic year; Competitive Scholarships Advisor Tom Mertes is currently working with twelve students applying for Fulbright Grants. The Campus Deadline for student applications, letters of recommendation, and language evaluations is Friday, September 15.

In addition, Tom is particularly interested in speaking with promising sophomores and juniors about submitting applications in upcoming years. Please encourage your finest students to contact him at tmertes@linfield.edu for consultations and more information.

Communications Resource

Christian Feuerstein has joined the Communications & Marketing team as the Director of Media Relations. She is a resource for faculty to promote their research and expertise to the media.

Christian will be at the September 18 Department Chairs meeting, and is in the process of reaching out to departments and individual faculty members. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one or department meeting, she can be reached at x2398 or at cfeuerstein@linfield.edu.

Support for Students with Temporary Injuries

As part of their scope of services, Learning Support Services (LSS) provides temporary accommodations to all injured students, including student athletes. LSS will review medical documentation and provide appropriate accommodation.

If a student comes to you with any temporary injury, please refer students to LSS. Faculty should not provide an accommodation without receiving notification from LSS first.

Please contact LSS at x2562 or at lss@linfield.edu with questions.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

If you or your students plan to conduct research using human participants this academic year, and this research will be presented or published, you must complete an online tutorial and submit an application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Please refer to the memo from Tanya Tompkins emailed on August 31.

For more information, please refer to the IRB webpage or contact Tanya Tompkins, Chair of the IRB Committee, at tatompki@linfield.edu.

Sabbatical Applications

Sabbatical applications are due Monday, October 2. Sabbatical applications should be submitted as a single pdf to sabbatical@linfield.edu. The sabbatical application, instructions and checklist can be found on the Faculty Forms webpage.

If you have questions about this process, we encourage you to attend the Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch on "Faculty Development Grants and Sabbatical Applications" presented by the Faculty Development Subcommittee on Tuesday, September 12.

Faculty Development Grant Applications

The fall round of faculty development grants are due Monday, October 2. Grant applications should be submitted as a single pdf to fdg@linfield.edu.

If you are requesting a course release that will require an adjunct to cover your course, use the adjunct rate of $920/credit for calculating your budget. Faculty development application, instructions and checklist can be found on the Faculty Forms webpage.

If you have questions about this process, we encourage you to attend the Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch on "Faculty Development Grants and Sabbatical Applications" presented by the Faculty Development Subcommittee on Tuesday, September 12.

Please Remind Students…

Seniors must apply to graduate via WebAdvisor
McMinnville students must also submit a signed Program Evaluation to the Registrar’s Office.
Due before Friday, September 8

Last day to add a McMinnville or Portland course
Friday, September 8

Last day to add an OCE course
Students must submit the signed OCE registration form (with their advisor’s signature) to the Registrar’s Office.
Monday, September 18

Last day to drop a class with no record
McMinnville and Portland: Friday, September 15
OCE: Friday, September 22

Department Chair Deadlines

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

Email syllabi to Meridith Symons at msymons@linfield.edu.
Due Friday, September 8

Submit Speaker Fund requests
Please refer to the August 31 email from Jackson Miller.
Department Chairs submit requests to speaker@linfield.edu.
Due Friday, September 15

Submit Dean’s Travel Fund requests
For McMinnville tenure-track faculty only; please refer to today’s email from Jackson Miller for details.
Portland faculty apply to the Dean of the School of Nursing for funds.
Department Chairs submit requests to deanstravelfund@linfield.edu.
Due Friday, September 22

Important Deadlines

Submit IRB Applications requiring full review
Submit applications via email to Tanya Tompkins at tatompki@linfield.edu.
Due Thursday, September 14 for next scheduled review on Thursday, September 28

Submit nominations for promotion and tenure
Email nominations to:
Stephen Bricher at sbricher@linfield.edu
Meridith Symons at msymons@linfield.edu
Due Saturday, September 30

Upcoming Events

Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 6
12:00–4:00 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
"Kaltura: Creating Your First Video"
Wednesday, September 6
4:00 p.m. in Renshaw Computer Lab 

Multicultural Center Open House
Friday, September 8
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Withnell Commons

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
"Proposed Sports Management Major"
Presented by the Denise Farag and members of the Sports Management team
Friday, September 8
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Faculty Assembly
New tenure-track and visiting faculty will be introduced by their Department Chair.
McMinnville: reception immediately to follow.
Portland: reception will be held following the October 16 Faculty Assembly meeting.
Monday, September 11
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Faculty Development Grants and Sabbatical Application”
Presented by the Faculty Development Subcommittee
Tuesday, September 12
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Promotion and Tenure Open Information Meeting: McMinnville
Please refer to the August 22 email from Stephen Bricher for more details.
Tuesday, September 12
4:15-5:15 p.m. in Taylor 101

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
"TurnItIn: Creating and Grading Assignments"
Wednesday, September 13
4:00 p.m. in Renshaw Computer Lab

Promotion and Tenure Open Information Meeting: Portland
Please refer to the August 22 email from Stephen Bricher for more details.
Thursday, September 14
3:00-4:00 p.m. in Peterson Hall Conference Room

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, September 18
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW

 

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