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Staffing Updates

Academic Services is pleased to welcome Danielle Dohaney, first-year and international student advisor. Danielle will support the work of Kate Child, director of the first-year experience and international student services, with a special emphasis on first-year and international student advising and program development. Danielle's office is located in Academic Services (Barn 120); please stop by to say hello and meet Danielle when you are back on campus.

Kendra Ericson, director of study away and associate director of academic services, will be going on maternity leave this spring. Please welcome Amy Dobson, interim study-away advisor, who will be advising students interested in studying away in Kendra's absence. Amy's office is located in Barn 242.

Faculty Searches

We continue to be in the thick of the faculty search cycle, with many candidate campus visits scheduled during the first three weeks of the term. We are working closely with SEPC to bring students directly into the process. Keep your eye on the Academic Minute for detailed information on candidate visits and presentations and how to give feedback. 

Curriculum and Registration

The up-to-date spring curriculum is available online.

You may also review your course schedule for the spring term online in the student portal, Populi. Log in using your Bennington webmail username and password. Proceed to the student tab, click on the action wheel in the upper right corner, and select "student schedule." Make sure the courses listed are those you intend to take. Room assignments will be added to course schedules in the next couple of weeks, so please check your schedule again prior to the first day of classes (February 23).

For those of you who wish to add or drop classes, you may do so starting February 22 during the afternoon advising and registration period in faculty offices, 2:00–5:00 pm; the relevant forms will be available in the Provost and Dean’s Office the morning of February 22. If you were placed on a waitlist for a class, please contact the instructor to inquire as to the status of the waitlist. If you are interested in adding a course that requires an audition (an instrumental course, for instance), please contact the faculty directly to arrange an audition time.

You may add courses through March 4, and drop courses through March 9. March 9 is also the last day you may request a letter grade for one or more of your courses.

Course Materials and Bookstore

Course material information has been compiled for the upcoming term so that you can order any necessary books or textbooks before returning to campus. This information is available in Populi and can be accessed as follows:

  • Log in to the student portal at https://bennington.populiweb.com/.
  • On your home screen, pull up your list of spring courses, and click on the course for which you'd like to view course materials.
  • Click the Info tab underneath the course title. Any required or optional books will be listed on the right hand side of the page.
  • Click on the book title to obtain more information; most books will have a direct link to Amazon, though you may purchase the title from whatever vendor you choose. Just be sure to get the proper volume or edition, using the ISBN when available.
  • Required supplies are also listed. Course supplies will be in stock and available for purchase in the on-campus bookstore at the beginning of term.

We encourage you to order your books well before the term begins, and prior to your arrival on campus. Although a limited amount of books will be available for each class in the on-campus bookstore, these are primarily intended to facilitate the add/drop process.

If you have any questions about materials for your courses, please direct them to the faculty teaching those courses.

Faculty Comings and Goings: 2016

  • Spring 2016 | Visiting faculty, new and returning: Crina Archer, political science; Souleymane Badolo, dance; Josh Blackwell, painting; David Bond, CAPA; Colin Brant, painting; Lydia Brassard, education; Rebecca Brooks, drama; Wesley Brown, literature; Akiko Busch, environment/literature; Elliot Caplan, dance; Zirwat Chowdhury, art history; Michael Cohen, conflict resolution; Alison Dennis, CAPA; Harlan Fichtenholtz, cognitive science; Luis Gonzalez-Barrios, Spanish; John Gould, literature; Karen Gross, education; Camille Guthrie, literature; Dan Hofstadter, literature; Timothy Karis, anthropology; Ralph Lemon, dance; Thom Loubet, music; Sara Magenheimer, video; Alex Mihailovic, literature; Mohammad Moeini-Feizabadi, public policy; Joe Mundt, mathematics; Peter Pagnucco, conflict resolution; Andrea Parkins, music; Jimena Paz, dance; Fern Silva, video; Bryce Smedley, languages; Justin Vasselli, computing; Sam Wentz, dance; Janis Young, drama. View bios.
  • Spring 2016 | Returning from sabbatical or leave: John Bullock, Carol Pal, Betsy Sherman.
  • Spring 2016 | Going on sabbatical or leave: Andrew Cencini, Noah Coburn, Terry Creach, Mary Lum, Jon Pitcher, Jenny Rohn.
  • Fall 2016 | Going on sabbatical or leave: Brooke Allen, Janet Foley, Karen Gover, Jonathan Kline, Mary Lum, Robert Ransick, Stephen Shapiro, Donald Sherefkin, Mark Wunderlich.

Study Away

  • Students returning from study away: As you know, Kendra Ericson will be on maternity leave for much of the spring term. We are happy to announce that, during this time, Amy Dobson will be working with students on their study-away plans, including exchanges. You can find Amy in Barn 242, Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–2:00 pm. Please email Amy to schedule an appointment. A study away re-entry meeting will be held on March 2, 12:15–1:45 pm, Barn 124. We hope you can all attend! 
    • As you know, official transcripts are due on February 10. If you are uncertain about the status of your transcript and transfer credit, please contact the Registrar. Transcripts should be sent to the attention of the Registrar.
    • Students studying away Spring 2016: Once you have settled in and registered for classes, you will need to send your contact information and course registration to Amy Dobson. Please continue to check your Bennington email address for updates from the College.
    • Students planning to study away: If you are thinking about studying away, please plan to attend the Study Away Information Session on March 16, 1:00–2:00 pm, Barn 124. If you are planning to study away for the Fall 2016 term, make an appointment with Amy Dobson early in the term to begin the application process.

    Once the term begins, look for more updates and information in the Provost and Dean’s Office Academic Minute.