September 2023
A Note from the Dean
Dear Colleagues,
Happy New Year!
With September upon us, many of us have been back on campus for a couple of weeks engaging in enrichment activities in Fall Academy. It has become one of my favorite times of year. We get the excitement of meeting our newly hired faculty and staff while contemplating new teaching and curriculum ideas together.
We look forward to a great year of shared experiences and shared governance on campus. The University, Undergraduate, and College Faculty meetings are primary times for dialogue among all faculty in one space, for forging community and sometimes for discussing policy. The meeting dates are below, at 4pm in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. We have heard a rumor of snacks.
At our first University Faculty meeting on Monday, Sept 11 at 4pm in Stackhouse, we will introduce all the new faculty members in the university. Please join us to celebrate our new colleagues. A reception at Lee House follows the meeting.
We also look forward to seeing you at Convocation on Thursday, Sept 7 at 5:30pm on the lawn in front of Washington Hall. The speaker will be our own Howard Pickett, Associate Professor of Ethics and Poverty Studies. (Hooray, Howard!)
Good luck with the finishing touches on your syllabi and with the dawn of this new academic year.
Best wishes,
Faculty Meeting Dates
University Faculty Meetings
Monday, September 11, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, January 22, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 11, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Faculty Meetings
Monday, October 2, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 4, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 1, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 6, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
College Faculty Meeting 
Monday, October 30, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
All meetings are held in Stackhouse.
Look forward to seeing you there, sometimes there are cupcakes!
ACS Program Offered to Current and Potential Department Heads
The ACS is offering a program that may be of interest to you. There is a monthly virtual training that ACS has built. The registration link and more information can be found here. Registration by September 3 is preferred. Here's a sneak peak of the schedule:
  • September 6, 2023 (3 – 5pm ET):  Who am I as a Leader?
  • October 5, 2023 (3-4pm ET): Supporting Students as Department Chairs
  • November 2, 2023 (4-5pm ET): Support for the Chairs
ACS invites you to attend as many of the sessions as you like.
ACS is delighted to announce the call for applications for mentors and mentees for 2023-2024 FOC CONNECT - A Virtual Multi-Institutional Mentoring Program for Faculty of Color within the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). This program provides one-on-one mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities for early-career faculty of color. The program is committed to building relationships and creating an inclusive community.
At the link, you can find information about the program as well as the links for mentor and mentee applications - Here is the link to mentor and mentee applications for FOC CONNECT. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 1 (however delayed applications will be considered). We are inviting mentors and mentees from ACS institutions. Selected mentors will receive training and a stipend.
Reach out to Dr. Maha Zewail-Foote (, the program director, if you have any questions.
Religious Holiday Policy
Washington and Lee University values diverse religious perspectives and beliefs. Our students celebrate and value a variety of religious traditions. We are committed to supporting our students in observing their religious holidays, while also maintaining their commitment to their academic efforts.
As stipulated in the Faculty Handbook, apart from absences for observance of religious holidays, faculty may set their own attendance policies and have discretion to designate absences for other reasons as "excused" or "unexcused" based upon their professional judgement." (Revised policy approved by the faculty January 7, 2019)
Find the full religious holiday policy here.
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Dates and Deadlines
Fall Mini-grant proposals from Dept/Prog Heads due
Submit to Dean's Office by email
First Day of Classes
Convocation at 5:30pm
On the front lawn, dinner to follow.
University Faculty Meeting
Stackhouse Theater
Undergraduate winter 2024 course offerings requested
Submit to Registrar
Rosh Hashanah Sept 15 (sundown)-17
Yom Kippur Sept 24 (sundown)-25
Deadline for winter 2024 course proposals
Submit to C&D
Department & Program Heads Meeting
Hillel 101, 4:00pm
List of senior-class candidates being tracked for Honors in the Major
Submit to Registrar
Undergraduate spring 2024 course offerings requested
Submit to Registrar
Entrepreneurship Summit September 29 & 30
Declaration of phased retirement beginning 2024-25 due
Submit to Dean
Leave reports due
Assurance of Learning reports due for previous year (fall deadline; if not submitted on summer deadline)
Dean and Associate Director of Assessment
Undergraduate Faculty Meeting
Stackhouse, 4:00pm
Undergraduate winter 2024 course offerings due
2023 Lenfest grant reports due
College Faculty Meeting
Stackhouse, 4:00pm
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