Dear Faculty: Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful and restorative holiday season. The next several weeks provide us with a unique opportunity to prepare for a successful spring semester. In January, there are 38 faculty “support and community” professional development sessions focusing on teaching, technology, scholarship, and research. An event calendar and registration information can be found here. In addition, we have scheduled short morning and mid-day wellness breaks for mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Information on these is found in the Faculty Affairs webpage. I hope you and your colleagues will join in these events.

As always, I want to reinforce and offer some important information that I hope will be helpful to you.

  • For those of you teaching Winter Session courses please keep the following grading deadlines in mind: final grades for a winter session course must be submitted online via myUVM within 72 hours after the last day of the course. Grades for winter session courses ending on January 29 are due by noon, Tuesday, February 2. Instructions on how to enter grades through MyUVM are available here.
  • UVM Libraries are open during January with a range of remote and in-person services. Please check here for library hours and to see which services are by appointment only. Further information on curbside pickup and other services is available here.
  • The updated Spring 2021 Syllabus Template and Weekly Schedule Template with dates are now available here.
  • In January, CTL is offering "live" Drop-in Hours, specific times when you can consult with CTL staff and Faculty Associates without scheduling an appointment. It's almost just like visiting 303 Howe Library - minus the coffee! You can find more information here.
  • The university now fully supports YellowDig, an alternative to Blackboard’s discussion tool. You can find registration information for a workshop for new users here.
  • Every year, CELO recognizes outstanding faculty, students, and community partners for their work in creating rigorous and reciprocal community-engaged learning opportunities for students that benefit communities in Vermont and beyond. CELO Award nominations are now open.

I am hopeful for the promise of 2021. Although COVID-19 continues to impact how we do things, science and research has brought forward a vaccination in record time. This speaks to our human potential – the same potential we have the opportunity to foster in our students this semester who are eager to learn and make a difference. We don’t know exactly what the new year holds for us, but the last ten months have demonstrated the commitment faculty and staff have to our students. We have also persevered in the face of adversity – and that fills me with optimism.



Patricia Prelock, Provost and Sr. VP