May 2023
A Note from the Dean
Dear Colleagues,
Hooray, we have almost made to the end of another academic year. Whew! I hope that your Spring term classes are going smoothly and that your summer plans are gelling.
I look forward to seeing you at Baccalaureate on Wednesday, May 24 at 10am on the front lawn. The speaker is Mary Hipp '90 who runs Feed & Seed, a food access program in Greenville, SC. Also come celebrate our graduates and their families at Commencement on Thursday, May 25 at 10am on the front lawn. A full schedule of festivities is here.
On Friday, May 26, Human Resources plans a midday celebration, the Employee Appreciation Picnic Finale on Cannan Green. It features a bouncy house, axe throwing, lunch, and other activities! More info here.
Best wishes,
Conference Travel Funds
During the academic year 2023-2024, all tenured and tenure-track professors in the College are eligible to apply for up to $3,600 in conference travel funds. This new maximum includes conference registration fees and is subject to the criteria outlined on the Conference Travel Procedures webpage.
Join an ACS Working Group, Workshop or Reading Group!
Become a collaborator of an ACS working group, workshop or reading group. Sign up for any of the groups below by emailing stating which activities you are interested in and with the subject line: Interested in Proposed Summer WG, WS or RG. Inquiries should be sent no later than May 8. More info here.
Proposed Working Group:  Strengthening the Arts and Humanities across ACS Schools (Dr. Genelle Gertz, Washington and Lee University – facilitator).   Can accommodate up to 2 more individuals.
Proposed Working Group:  Synergies of Team Teaching (Dr. Rashna Richards, Rhodes College and Dr. Genelle Gertz (Washington and Lee University – co-facilitators). 
Proposed Working Group:  Embracing the Prospects and Addressing the Challenges of Artificial Intelligence Represented by Chat GPT for the Teaching and Learning of Foreign Languages (Dr. Zhengbin "Richard" Lu, Spelman College).  
Proposed Workshop Group:  Adaptive Learning Courseware and Lab Activities for First Course in Undergraduate Statistics: Empirical Evidence and Practices.  (Dr. Denny Garvis and Dr. Zoila Ponce de Leon, both from Washington and Lee University).  Can accommodate up to 2 more individuals for planning and implementing workshop - one of which must be from an institution other than Washington and Lee University).  Note:  Can be statistics instructors or those individuals who teach statistical methods within their discipline.
Proposed Workshop:  Listening with Purpose:  Improv and Active Listening. (Dr. Elyzabeth Wilder, Sewanee: The University of the South).  
Proposed Workshop:  Bullying in the Academic Workplace:  What it Looks like, Why it's More Harmful than You Think, and What You can Do to Combat It. (Dr. Jana Mathews and Dr. Mattea Garcia, both from Rollins College).  
Proposed Reading Group:  Being Human in STEM:  Partnering with Students to Shape Inclusive Practices and Communities.  (Author: Sarah L. Bunnell, Sheila S. Jaswal, and Megan B. Lyster); Co-facilitators: Dr. Kristen Cecala and Dr. Kate Cammack, Sewanee: The University of the South.  
Proposed Reading Group:  Not for Profit: Why Democracy needs the Humanities (Author: Martha C. Nussbaum); Facilitator:  Dr. David Wood (Millsaps College).  
Proposed Reading GroupThe Prepared Leader: Emerge from any Crisis More Resilient than Before (Authors: Erika H. James and Lynn Perry Wooten; Cofacilitators: Dr. Alison Marr (Southwestern University) and Dr. Della Dumbaugh (University of Richmond).
Proposed Reading Group:  Writing Pleasure (author: Helen Sword); Co-facilitators Dr. Kylie Korsnack and Dr. Kitty Maynard (University of Richmond).  
Proposed Reading Group:  Universities on Fire: Higher Education in Climate Crises.  Author: Bryan Alexander, Facilitator: Dr. Brandon Inabinet (Furman College). 
Proposed Reading Group: The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom.  Author: Eddie R. Cole; Facilitator (Andy Coe, Furman College). 
Take the Commuting Survey!
W&L's carbon footprint includes greenhouse gas emissions associated with commuting to campus. As part of our annual greenhouse gas report, we track estimated mileage associated with faculty and staff commuting - but we can do better!
Please take the 2022-2023 Employee Commuting Survey here: to help us build a better picture of our commuting emissions and to inform future transportation strategies.
Do you work with or know some amazing people at W&L?
Do you know someone who's accomplishing great things? Take the time to show them your appreciation by submitting their name and info to The Office of Communications and Public Affairs. If selected, the person may be featured in the Employee Accolades portion of The Columns Weekly newsletter. W&L is filled with amazing people, let's tell each other all about them!
Dates and Deadlines
Department & Program Heads Open Office Hours
4:00 - 5:00pm, Simpson House
Final Spring 2023 Grades (And Any Outstanding Grades) Due at Noon for All Graduating Seniors
Undergraduate Faculty Meeting
Tuesday, 4:00pm, Stackhouse
Final Spring 2023 Due at Noon for All Non-Senior Undergraduates
Second Pre-Tenure Review Letters from Department Heads Due
Deadline for Final 2023-2024 Catalog Proofing review of New Faculty Hires, Promotions, and Curricular Changes
End of Year Letters for Pre-Tenure Faculty Due
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