December 2021 
A Note from the Dean
Dear Colleagues,
Welcome back! Now that we are past the late autumn break, we begin the sprint to the end of the semester. Thank you for all your hard work to continue our educational mission for the past many months--still amid a pandemic. Through my own teaching and scholarship in 2020-21, I know firsthand the extraordinary energy that it takes to keep pressing forward in the current atmosphere in the world, the nation, on campus, and at home. You have done great things. Truly, thank you.
Warm wishes for a restorative December break,
A note on open educational resources
State Level Support for Open Education Resources
The ecosystem of open educational resources (OER) is rich and vibrant in the state of Virginia.  OER are a great way for faculty to give themselves more freedom and flexibility to adapt textbooks to their own pedagogical needs while also helping student's keep textbook cost down.  Faculty often write open textbooks to replace costly textbooks and to allow others to reuse and remix the content without any copyright or license fees.  Adapting resources can be as simple as rewriting questions to be more relevant to students and as complex as creating an entirely new textbook by combining chapters from various OER.
Virginia's Academic Consortium (VIVA) is growing support for OER in the state through grants and other incentives.  VIVA Open! is a catalog of curated OER that includes faculty reviews and collections specifically mapped to high enrollment courses, along with a growing collection of OER created by Virginia faculty.
With VIVA's support, W&L offers workshops about OER and the Open Education Network (OEN), after which faculty are invited to write a review of any OER cataloged in the Open Textbook Library for a $200 stipend.  Paula S. Kiser, the Digital Scholarship Librarian and OEN Campus Leader, typically offers these workshops during Fall Academy.
Faculty who are interested in replacing a textbook with a pre-exiting OER may be interested in the VIVA Open Adopt Grant.  This grant gives the faculty member $2,000 to help pay them for their time spent updating their class to the OER.  Prof. Julia Hernández, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, is a recipient of the most recent round of Open Adopt grants.  VIVA also offers grants to people interested in writing new or heavily augmenting existing OER with Open Course Grants ranging from $2,000 to $30,000.  The next round of Open Course grants will be announced in late fall 2021.
If anyone is interested in learning about how they can find, adopt, or adapt OER to meet their pedagogical needs or wants to explore submitting a grant application for either the Open Course or Open Adopt grants in the future, contact Paula S. Kiser, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Assistant Professor, at
Dates and Deadlines
Reappointment/non-reappointment letters from Department Heads re: faculty who are in second year of initial tenure-track appointment
Due to Dean
Delaney Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals
Due to Dean
Undergraduate Faculty Meeting
Stackhouse Theater - 4pm
Mini-Grant Proposals
Due to Department/Program Head
Winter Academy
12/13 through 12/16
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Department and Program Heads Meeting
Hillel 101 - 4pm
Department/Program Head Mini-Grant Submission
Due to Dean
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Final Fall 2021 grades due for all undergraduates
Tuesday December 21st, 12:00 pm
University Faculty Meeting
Stackhouse Theater - 4pm
College Faculty Activities Report
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2021 Lenfest Grant Reports
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Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Classes suspended; rescheduled for Friday 1/21
C&D deadline for proposals to be included in the 2022-2023 University Catalog
Deadline to confirm final Spring 2022 term section details with the University Registrar
Lenfest Grant Applications for Summer 2022
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Summer Research Scholar Applications for Summer 2022
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