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 two new courses in Food Studies.

You should also review your course schedule for the Fall term in Populi. 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 have been added to course schedules but may change as we make final adjustments, so please download your schedule again prior to the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 3. 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 3 during the morning advising and registration period in faculty offices, 9:00-10:30 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 2. 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 3. You may add courses through Friday, September 13 and drop courses through Wednesday, September 18—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:

Academic Services

  • Kate Child and Noelle Murphy have been promoted to Assistant Deans for Academic Services. These promotions reflect the expanded scope of their work and responsibilities over the past two years as the Office of the Provost and Dean has made shifts in organizational and reporting structures. They will continue to work with students in the same capacity as previous terms. 

Campus Safety

  • Sarah Monroe has joined us as Campus Safety Coordinator. 

Field Work Term and Career Development

  • Faith McClellan has been promoted to Associate Dean of Work-Integrated Learning, reflecting the expanded scope of her work and responsibilities. Work-Integrated Learning refers to the College’s focus on all of the ways in which students learn through work: campus employment, career exploration, community engagement, and Field Work Term.

Student Life

  • Christine Winget has joined us as Associate Dean of Student Life. 

Faculty Comings and Goings: Fall 2019

New and Returning Visiting Faculty

Tatiana Abatemarco, CAPA; Jennifer Allen, music; Joseph Alpar, music; Kenneth Bailey, MFA public action; Colin Brant, drawing; Carly Briggs, math; Akiko Busch, literature; Brian Campion, CAPA; Hilary Clark, MFA dance; Michael Cohen, CAPA; Alisa Del Tufo, CAPA; Judith Enck, CAPA; Ben Hall, CAPA; Camille Hoffman, painting/drawing; Baseera Khan, sculpture; Aaron Landsman, MFA CAPA; Molly Leiber, MFA dance; Russell Lilie, MFA dance; Thessia Machado, music; Catherine McKeen, philosophy; Alexander Mihailovic, literature; Emily Mitchell-Eaton, SCT; Joe Mundt, math; Stuart Nadler, literature; Mina Nishimura, MFA dance; Kate Paarlberg-Kvam, SCT; Jeanie Reiss, MFA literature; Rosario de Swanson, Spanish; Justin Vaselli, computer science, Caroline Woolard, MFA CAPA; David Zicarelli, CAPA, Marina Zurkow, MFA CAPA.

View bios.

Returning from Sabbatical or Leave 

David Bond, Marguerite Feitlowitz, Dina Janis, Dana Reitz, Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly, and Paul Voice.

Going on Sabbatical or Leave 

Ben Anastas, Kitty Brazelton, Karen Gover, Sarah Harris, Susie Ibarra, Jon Isherwood, Mary Lum. John Hultgren has been awarded a Non-Teaching Term leave but will still be advising.

Faculty Comings and Goings: Spring 2020

Going on Sabbatical or Leave 

Barbara Alfano, Barry Bartlett, Kitty Brazelton, Elena Demyanenko, Susie Ibarra, Kirk Jackson, Chip Schoonmaker, Eileen Scully, Rotimi Suberu, Kerry Woods.

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 kits and 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, 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. Course supplies will be in stock and available in the Bookstore.

A limited supply of course texts may also be found in Crossett Library. Donations from previous classes have enlarged the collection, which can be found on the bottom floor of Crossett, back wall directly across from the stairwell. Course books are available for term long checkout, and the list can be viewed here: Crossett Course Books

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. 
  • The Udall ScholarshipSophomores and Juniors studying environmental issues or Native American health care or tribal policy should consider applying for this award.  Applications are due March 7, 2020.
  • Davis Projects for Peace: Submit a proposal for this $10,000 grant, which supports grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict domestically or internationally. Proposals are due January 21, 2020.
  • Study abroad funding: Students seeking funding for study abroad in the Spring 2020 term, should begin researching scholarship options right away. Gilman Scholarship applications are due in early October, Public Action Grant for Study Abroad applications are due October 14, 9:00 am.  
  • Students interested in any of these awards should see Noelle Murphy, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, for support in developing their applications.

Writing Tutors

Peer Writing Tutors, Peer Research Tutors, and the ELL Tutor

The Peer Writing & Research Tutors will begin holding writing consultations on Tuesday, September 10. The Peer Tutors are available Sundays-Thursdays 8:00-10:00 pm for 30-minute sessions. Book a consultation in the SCoPE Forum (in Commons). Updated hours, including lunch sessions, will be announced soon.

The professional Writing & ELL (English as a Learned Language) Tutor, Ellen Goldstein, is available for 30-minute consultations on Mondays 2:00-4:00 pm and on Thursdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-3:00 pm in the Quiet Study Room in Crossett, beginning Monday, September 9.  Students at any stage of their writing can book a session with Ellen. If you have any questions, please write to Camille Guthrie, Director of the Undergraduate Writing Initiatives or Jared Della Rocca, Director of Library Services.

Study Abroad

Students Planning to Study Away 

If you are thinking about studying away for the Spring 2020 term, please visit the Study Away Office to discuss the application process and funding options during office hours in Barn 120C. Hours are as follows:

  • Monday, September 2 from 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 3 from 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 4 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm or 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 5 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm 
  • Friday, September 6 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm     

Students Returning from Study Away

We want to hear about your study away experience!  Please drop by the Study Away Office in Barn 120C or send an e-mail for an individual appointment.  

Official transcripts were due on Thursday, 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 in Fall 2019

Once you have settled in and registered for classes, please send your emergency contact information to Dechen Albero and your course registration to your faculty advisor. Please continue to check your Bennington email address for updates from the College and remain in contact with your faculty advisor.

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.