All Things Academic

Curriculum and Registration

The up-to-date fall Curriculum is available online. Be sure to check out the updates section, where we have added new courses in art history, music, advancement of public action, and drama, among others.

You should also review your course schedule for the fall term in Populi and be sure to note start and end times for your courses, since the course grid has shifted slightly relatie to prior years. Log in using your Bennington username and password. Click on My Profile, then proceed to your “Student” tab and select “Export 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 download your schedule again prior to the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 5. If you are looking for the location of a course that is not on your schedule, you can search for the course using the Populi search function; classroom information is displayed on the course Info tab.

For those of you who wish to add or drop classes, you may do so starting Tuesday, September 5 during the morning advising and registration period in faculty offices, 9:00–10:45 am. We will be using the standard add and drop forms that we've used in previous terms, and these forms will be available in the Dean’s Office and online in the late afternoon of Monday, September 4. All 2000-level waitlists from registration last spring will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty in preparation for add/drop. If you remain interested in any course for which you were waitlisted (2000- or 4000-level), please follow up with the faculty when you return to campus to inquire as to the status of those waitlists, and to reiterate your interest. Note that faculty cannot add you to any courses before the morning of Tuesday, September 5. You may add courses through Friday, September 15 and drop courses through Wednesday, September 20—this is also the last day you may request a letter grade for one or more of your courses.

Finally, keep an eye out for pop-up courses, which we will be offering again this term. Please see the first Academic Minute for more information on pop-ups and the proposal process.

Additional Announcements and Resources

Staff Updates

We are delighted to announce the following staff changes and appointments:

  • Earlier this summer Holly McCormack stepped down as Dean of Field Work Term to take a position at Kenyon College as Dean of Career Development. Faith McClellan, Director of Field Work Term and Career Development, will continue to oversee all Field Work Term staff and operations and assist with other initiatives in the absence of the Dean. In addition to these changes, the Field Work Term office is delighted to welcome two new staff members: Michael Gonzales, Associate Director of Field Work Term, and Matthew Seeley, Career Advisor, both started in August. For more information about Field Work Term staff and office hours, click here.
  • We are pleased to announce that Laurie Kobik has been promoted to Dean of Studies.  Laurie will lead all aspects of Academic Services, including oversight and administration of the plan process.  
  • The Academic Services Office is looking to fill a newly created position for an Academic Services and Accommodations advisor.  This position will help support the academic progress of all students and serve as the point person for Academic Accommodations.
  • Earlier this summer Selina Petschek stepped down as First-Year and International Student Advisor/Assistant to accept a fellowship working at a conflict resolution center in northern Ireland. The search for a First Year Advisor is ongoing and we hope to fill it by the start of the term.
  • Danielle Dohaney, First-Year and International Student Advisor, will be out for most of the fall term on maternity leave.  
  • After more than 52 wonderful years of service, Associate Registrar Rosie Odell retired from the College on June 30. We are grateful for her many contributions to Bennington and know that she will be missed by staff, faculty, and students alike. The search for a new Associate Registrar is underway and we hope to fill it by the start of the term.

Faculty Comings and Goings: Fall 2017

New faculty: Camille Guthrie, Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives; Anne Thompson, Director and Curator of the Usdan Gallery; Debbie Warnock, Sociology; Ursula Wolz, Computer Science.  View bios.

Visiting faculty, new and returning: Elisa Albert, literature; Colin Brant, painting; Akiko Busch, literature; Brian Campion, CAPA; Brian Chase, music; Michael Cohen, conflict resolution; Ron Cohen, CAPA; Chelsea Corr, climate science; Eli Crews, sound design/recording; Charles Crowell, digital arts; Annie DeWitt, literature; Mansour Farhang, CAPA; Razan Francis, art history; Gian-Murray Gianino, drama; Anne Gilman, cognitive psychology; Ivan Goff, CAPA; Wayne Hoffman-Ogier, writing; Elisa Lendvay, painting; Thom Loubet, music; Alex Mihailovic, literature; Joe Mundt, mathematics; Mimi Onuoha, digital arts; Peter Pagnucco, conflict resolution; Burcu Seyben, drama/CAPA; Fern Silva, video; Suzanne Thorpe, music; Phillip Williams, literature; Janis Young, drama. View bios.

Returning from sabbatical or leave: Andrew Cencini, Hugh Crowl, Michael Giannitti, Sherry Kramer, Ginger Lin, Mirka Prazak, Robert Ransick, Stephen Shapiro, Mark Wunderlich.

Going on sabbatical or leave: David Anderegg, Michael Dumanis, Susie Ibarra, Jenny Rohn.


In other faculty news, Mark Wunderlich has been named the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He will continue to teach one undergraduate literature course a year.

Karthik Pandian has resigned from his position in video. Fern Silva will return as visiting faculty for the year while a full search is launched. A student search committee will be formed at the start of the fall term. Video and Design/Animation technician, Katie Soule, has also resigned and a replacement is being hired for the fall.

David Baron has resigned from his position in sound design/recording and the Provost and Dean’s Office is in the midst of finalizing a replacement for the fall.

View the full list of faculty and their bios.

Faculty Comings and Goings: Spring 2018

Going on sabbatical or leave: Thorsten Dennerline, Amie McClellan, Jenny Rohn, and Allen Shawn.

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 the student portal–Populi– and can be accessed as follows:

  • Log in to the student portal.
  • On your Home screen, pull up your list of 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.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: The campus deadline for applications is Thursday, September 7, 9:00 am. Please see Director of Grants and Fellowships and Associate Director of Academic Services Noelle Everett Murphy with any questions.
  • Seeking funding for study abroad: Students seeking funding for study abroad in the Spring 2018 term, should begin researching scholarship options right away. Gilman Scholarship applications are due Tuesday, October 3; Public Action Grant for Study Abroad applications are due October 17, 9:00 am.  

Writing Tutors

Peer Writing & Research Tutors will begin holding hours on Sunday, September 17. Any project at any stage of the writing process can be strengthened by working with a writing tutor. Sunday–Thursday, 8:00–10:00 pm, Crossett Library, second floor staff lounge.

Open Office Hours with the Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives: Camille Guthrie will hold open office hours three times a week to meet with students to work on any aspect of their writing. Please direct students to sign up on her door (located on the second floor of Crossett Library), or to email her for an appointment, during these times: Tuesdays 1-4 pm, Wednesdays 3-5 pm, and Fridays 1-3 pm.

Study Abroad

  • Students returning from study away: A study away re-entry meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, 12:15–1:45 pm in Barn 245. We hope you can all attend! As you know, official transcripts were due on Tuesday, August 1. If you are uncertain about the status of your transcript and transfer credit, please contact Jaime Babic. Transcripts should be sent to the attention of the Registrar.
  • Students studying away Fall 2017: Once you have settled in and registered for classes, you will need to send your contact information to Jade Thompson and your course registration to your faculty advisor. 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 Tuesday, September 12, 1:00–2:00 pm in Barn 124. If you are planning to study away for the Spring 2018 term, make an appointment with the director of study away early in the term to begin the application process.

Auditions & Placement Tests

Check out this list of auditions and placement tests.

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