Faculty Messages from the Dean of Faculty’s Office

Please see Pathway Forward Community Messages for COVID-19 messages to the campus community.


2022-23 Scholars in Residence Announcement
04.25.2022

Dear Colleagues:   I am pleased to announce and congratulate the 2022-2023 Scholars in Residence: Harmony O’Rourke and Marcus Rodriguez.   These Scholars in Residence will pursue scholarly activities and offer a seminar course during their residency. The aim of the seminar is to engage students in the process of creating knowledge or artistic work and to enable the SIR faculty to make substantive progress on a scholarly or artistic product by the end of the semester.

Professor O’Rourke’s project is on “Natural Disaster and Latent Violence in Cold War Cameroon.”  She plans to produce an article during the semester and teach an interdisciplinary seminar that draws on African studies, history, environmental studies, political studies, anthropology, and research and writings on natural disasters and history of science. Students will be exposed to and assist with oral history methods and archival research.       

Professor Rodriguez’s project, “Peer Counseling,” will include completing a systematic review and meta-analysis of domestic and international peer counseling initiatives for teens and young adults.  His seminar will examine mental health interventions by non-specialist providers from the perspectives of clinical psychology, public health, epidemiology, and human rights.  Students will obtain first-hand experiences providing peer counseling and conducting a meta-analysis.    

I look forward to the positive impact of this program on the scholars and students alike. The committee and I enjoyed reviewing the applications, and I would like to thank them for their work: Carmen Fought, Curriculum Committee faculty representative; Jessica Sass, Curriculum Committee student representative; Brent Armendinger, FEC faculty representative; Juan Santos, FEC student representative, and Adrian Pantoja; DoF representative.  


Call for Glass Humanities Lecture faculty lead 2022-23
04.19.2022

Dear Colleagues,

The Faculty Executive Committee is accepting proposals from faculty interested in serving as a faculty lead for the annual Glass Humanities Lecture for 2022-2023. Any full-time Pitzer faculty member can apply, although preference generally will be given to faculty members on continuing or tenure-track/tenured appointments. The faculty lead is responsible for securing a speaker and coordinating the logistics for this distinguished lecture, which typically takes place in the spring semester. The faculty lead must also work with the donors and Steve and Sandy Glass. If interested please submit the information noted below to this private folder no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

  • Your name and field group
  • Speaker nomination for consideration (may nominate up to 3 speakers).
  • Each nomination should include the following:
  • full name of nominated speaker
  • brief bio of nominated speaker (< 400 words) and sample of publications, presentations, or public work,
  • rationale for the nominated speaker (< 400 words), including explanation of
  • potential benefits to the broad College community of hosting this speaker, and
  • potential professional benefits for the faculty lead in hosting this speaker (< 400
  • words).

The Stephen and Sandra Glass Humanities Lecture

The Stephen and Sandra Glass Humanities Lecture Series was established in 2004 through the generosity of Alumna Nancy Bushnell ’69 and her husband, the late David Bushnell, who passed away in 2005. Ms. Bushnell graduated from Pitzer College in 1969 with a humanities degree, and she served as a Pitzer College trustee from 1987 to 2007.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Glass is a founding faculty member of Pitzer College and former John A. McCarthy Professor of Classics. He and his wife, Dr. Sandra Glass, were vital partners in the creation of Pitzer’s campus and in the mentoring of Pitzer students. Known for their stimulating conversation and as being great thinkers in the humanities, this named lecture series permanently links the immeasurable contributions of Steve and Sandy Glass to the history of Pitzer College.

The Glass Humanities Lecture Endowed Fund underwrites the cost to bring leading scholars in the humanities to Pitzer College. These visiting lecturers add vibrant texture to the fabric of campus life through their intellectual and social interactions with our students, faculty, the Claremont Colleges community, and the surrounding communities.

An annual endowment payout supports this lecture. Although not yet finalized, it is expected that next year’s payout will be approximately $6,000.

Speaker History

March 2005 T.C. Boyle, English professor, author

April 2008 Njabulo Ndebele, literary scholar and South African thought-leader

March 2010 Philip J. Deloria, historian on the American Indian experience

October 2010 David Goldblatt, sports writer and global soccer (football) aficionado

February 2011 Marcus Coates, London-based live performance and film artist

March 2013 Angus Johnston, community college professor, student activism expert

April 2014 Susan Griffin, poet, essayist, playwright and screenwriter

February 2016 Elaine Scarry, aesthetics professor, author, literary critic

February 2017 Ariella Azoulay, documentary filmmaker, curator, professor, author

April 2018 Jeffrey Stewart, Black studies professor, author

April 2019 Moussa Sene Absa, filmmaker, editor, producer, songwriter, painter

March 2020 (postponed to April 2021)

April 2021 Ishion Hutchinson, English professor, poet

April 2022, Carolina Caycedo, multidisciplinary artist


Davis-Doman Fellowship Funding Call
04.15.2022

Dear Faculty:

We are now accepting proposals for The Doman Social Sciences Research Fund and the Davis Humanities Research Fund for research activities, including direct and research-related cost, training and professional development, conference registration, and curriculum design and enhancement beginning July 1, 2022. Attached please find the application form and below the application guidelines. The deadline for proposals for these fellowships is Friday April 29, 2022 at 5:00pm. Electronic submissions should be submitted to DOFBudgets@pitzer.edu.

Awards can be processed as follows:

  • Reimbursement- Will need to submit receipts before June 30, 2023
  • Stipend- Will be issued in July paycheck
  • Research Assistant: the research assistant will be paid directly and must be set up through HR prior to beginning to work for you or they will not be paid

Please indicate in your proposal how you want to receive the funds.

SOCIAL SCIENCES (Doman Fund) –

The scope of support for projects includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: anthropology, economics, environmental studies, history, linguistics, political studies, psychology, and sociology. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Persons undertaking studies in the humanities and natural sciences that have significance for the Social Sciences are eligible and encouraged to apply.

HUMANITIES (Davis Fund) –

The scope of support for projects includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics, literature, history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods. Persons undertaking studies in the social and natural sciences which are historical or philosophical, or which attempt to cast light on questions of interpretation or criticism traditionally in the humanities, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Eligibility- All continuing full-time members of the faculty are eligible to apply.  Awards will be determined by the proposal, the requested amount, and the amount of funding available from the endowment spinoff. Eligible faculty members may apply either for a Humanities fellowship or a Social Sciences fellowship, but not for both in the same year.

Questions about either fund or proposal requirements can be directed to Andrea Harris at andrea_harris@pitzer.edu.


End of Semester course evaluations
04.05.2022

Dear Faculty,

As the semester’s end is nearing, the Dean of Faculty’s Office would like to remind you of the course evaluation process.  The Faculty Handbook (Section V.F.1.b) states, “…A faculty member is responsible for distributing each semester to all students in his or her classes course evaluation forms in each course taught, with the choice of any of the approved Pitzer forms or a form of his or her choice or design.”

To increase completion rates, the Dean of Faculty’s Office encourages faculty to administer evaluations during class time if possible.  Please review the information below on how to administer and collect both online and paper evaluations.

Please note that students can access online evaluations by laptop or smartphone and have a shorter return processing time than paper evaluations.  You will also receive summary information for evals completed online.  Paper evaluations are also an option, but no summary analysis will be provided.

ONLINE EVALUATIONS

The College has four template forms for your use.  You may select a template form, make adaptations to the template, or design a new form.  Please note, however, that adaptations and new designs require additional time from our IT team.  So, be sure to submit requests as soon as possible to allow enough ready time.  Please note that preview links are available only for template forms, not for adaptations or new forms.  You will receive a link to your course forms when it has been finalized by IT.

Template Forms

Please visit the Course Evaluations Page to preview inactive templated Forms A, B, C, D, and Supplemental questions at this link: https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/services/course-evals/.

Course Evaluation Request
If you have developed adaptations/designs in the past with IT support, and would like to reuse that form, please make a note with the semester, year, and course number in the “additional instructions or notes” field of the Course Evaluation Request Form for IT to recall and reuse.

Please complete the ITCourse Evaluation Request Form at this link: https://pzforms.pitzer.edu/it-course-evaluation-request/.  You can submit up to four-course form requests at one time.  

The deadline to submit course evaluation forms is Monday, April 18.

PAPER EVALUATIONS

Please email Duplicating Services at duplicating@pitzer.edu with the information listed below.  Duplicating will envelope and label the forms for pick-up.  Please request the evaluations one week before distribution and collect the evaluation printouts within three business days after notice from Duplicating Services of their being ready.  Forms will be held at the Dean of Faculty’s Office (Scott Hall 114) if they are not collected within three business days.  You may collect your forms during our regular business hours.

Administering Paper Evaluations

Students should complete the evaluations in blue or black ink only and place them in the envelope provided by Duplicating Services.  Please assign one student in your class to return the envelope to Scott Hall 114 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday thru Friday.  Students may deposit envelopes in the Dean of Faculty mailbox, #A 104 in Scott Hall 127 (neighboring Career Services) if your class occurs after business hours.

RESULTS

Provided that you have submitted final grades for a course, you can expect to receive online course evaluations for that course at your Pitzer email address in late May.  If distributed and returned by a student to the Office of the Dean of Faculty in Scott Hall 114 during or before finals week, paper evaluations will be available approximately the first week of June.

If you need to receive your evaluations at a non-Pitzer email address or have any questions, please us at course-eval@pitzer.edu


Appreciation and best wishes
03.11.2022

Dear Pitzer Community,

I write on behalf of President Oliver and the entire Pitzer leadership team.  It was two years ago today – March 11, 2020  –  that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.  Only a few days later, we sent students, faculty, and staff home to finish the semester online.  It was an abrupt and disruptive change in operations and just the beginning of two years filled with stress and loss, modified class and work schedules, alternative modes of teaching and learning, and fractured interpersonal and community relationships. 

Today, at the start of spring break 2022, I want to extend my deepest appreciation and thanks to the entire Pitzer community for how it has responded to the pandemic.  Faculty, students, and staff have gone above and beyond, demonstrating incredible resilience and strength as they carried on the Pitzer educational mission while prioritizing health.  We have found new ways to work, developed creative solutions to unpredictable challenges, and remained united in striving to put the best interests of the community foremost in our actions.  No doubt, it has been extremely difficult, we don’t always agree, and we are tired.  Still, I am continuously heartened by the spirit and resourcefulness of the Pitzer community.  We continue to take precautions in attempting to ensure the health and well-being of our whole Pitzer community, but now with a glimmer of hope on the horizon. 

And, on this anniversary of the pandemic declaration, I want to let you know that we are planning a special event in April to recognize the extraordinary individual and collective efforts that have been so critical to our operations and response.  This will be an opportunity for us to gather together, to say thank you, and to reinvest in the relationships that are at the heart of our community.  More details on this event will be forthcoming. 

In the meantime, I hope that you will be safe and healthy, and that spring break will provide you opportunities for rest and rejuvenation. 

Provida Futuri,

Allen M. Omoto
Dean of Faculty
Vice President for Academic Affairs


Faculty-in-Residence Application Announcement (deadline 03.25.2022)
02.25.2022

The DOF is now accepting applications for two Faculty in Residence positions for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years, one focused on first year students and the other focusing on sophomores, juniors, seniors.  The job description for the position is attached.  The deadline for applications is Friday, March 25, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

Faculty-In-Residence (FIR) should be interested in student learning and have the desire to relate to students in a residential setting, outside of the formal classroom or laboratory.  The work of the FIR in Pitzer, Atherton, Sanborn (PAS) residence halls is targeted at first-year students and has been designed with the purpose of offering a distinctive benefit to students in their first and most formative year at Pitzer.  The work of the FIR in West, East, and Skandera (WES) is targeted at sophomores, juniors, and seniors and has been designed with the purpose of offering programming that focuses on major selection, academic advising, internships, study abroad considerations and campus involvement.

Eligibility

FIR must be tenure track or have a continuing contract.

To apply, follow this link and complete the application by the date stated above: https://forms.gle/bSk2uJQHAihXb8r5A

Questions may be directed to dean_faculty@pitzer.edu.


Scholar-in-Residence Application Announcement (deadline 03.07.2022)
02.14.2022

The DoF is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Scholar-in-Residence position. The details of the program appear below. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 7, 2022, 5:00 pm.  Please submit proposals to this private Box folder.

This year, up to two faculty members may be chosen to be Scholar(s)-in-Residence for a single semester each. During that semester, the faculty members will be released from regular committee and teaching responsibilities in order to pursue scholarly or artistic activities and to offer only a seminar course. The seminars will be open to both students and faculty and will center on the faculty member’s scholarly or artistic work. The Scholar(s)-in-Residence will present frequent progress reports to the Dean of Faculty, and students enrolled in the seminar for credit will respond to the faculty member’s work with written comments on a regular basis. The aim of the seminar is to engage students in the process of creating knowledge or artistic work and to enable the faculty member to make substantive progress on a scholarly or artistic product by the end of the semester.

The Scholar(s)-in-Residence will be chosen from the applicants by a committee consisting of faculty and student representatives from the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Executive Committee, with the Dean of Faculty and an Associate Dean as ex-officio members. Proposals should be 3-5 pages in length and should outline the nature of the planned scholarly or artistic activities, including a detailed description of the value of the seminar to the curriculum, the topics likely to be covered, and how student performance in the seminar will be evaluated. In addition, an updated C.V. should accompany the proposal submission.  Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • The value of the seminar to the curriculum
  • The breadth of appeal of the topic
  • The feasibility of the scholarly or artistic project
  • The faculty member’s credentials and record

A final report should be submitted at the end of the semester in residence. This report will be retained on file in the Dean of the Faculty Office as part of the faculty member’s personnel file.

ELIGIBILITY

All full-time faculty members on multi-year contracts are eligible to apply with the following exceptions:

  • Faculty members on leave Spring 2022 are not eligible to be Scholar-in-Residence in the Fall of 2022
  • Faculty members who are on leave for one or both semesters of the academic year 2022-23 are not eligible to be Scholar-in Residence during the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Previous Scholars-in-Residence are not eligible again until five years after their term as Scholar-in-Residence.

Preference will be given to faculty members who have not had a leave this academic year and to faculty who are not eligible for a leave in 2023-24. Further, the semester identified for the Scholar-in-Residence appointment shall be the semester in which the faculty member is scheduled to have a two-course teaching load (consistent with expectations for sabbatical leaves).

Allen M. Omoto, Ph.D.


In-Person Instruction
01.29.2022

Dear Colleagues:

I hope that you are all safe and healthy.  As we return to in-person instruction and re-populating campus this week, I am sending you a few quick reminders.  Much of this information has been disseminated previously, although at different times and in different messages. 

  • Our fall cohort of students are fully vaccinated and over 90% are boosted; Student Affairs continues to work closely with Student Health Services to provide booster clinic access to get all students boosted.  In addition, students are currently being tested for COVID twice/week for two weeks upon their return to campus, following which they are tested weekly.  Students who test positive are placed in isolation and their Pitzer faculty are notified by our Office of Student Affairs.
  • Unless they have an approved exemption from HR, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated and boosted.  If you haven’t already done so, please upload your booster information at Healthy Pitzer or show proof of your booster to Nurse Zephyr by January 31, 2022.  HR will be reaching out to faculty who have not provided booster information.  Additional information on faculty and staff testing is forthcoming, likely in the next week.
  • Classroom and outside tent assignments have been made based on class enrollments, technology requirements, and faculty preferences.  If you made a request or your classroom was changed, you should have received direct notification.  Otherwise, the portal has updated information on all classroom assignments.  It may be difficult to accommodate new changes, but if you would like to request a change in your assigned classroom, please send your request to DOFCore@pitzer.edu.  For IT issues, please contact help@pitzer.edu.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are required to wear N95, KN95, or surgical masks indoors when on campus.  All of these mask types are available through DoF, Office of Student Affairs, or Facilities.  You can pick up masks from the DoF office during regular business hours at Scott Hall 114.
  • Monday, January 31, is the last day to add a course or drop one for full refund, so some students may still be trying to PERM or “shop” for classes.  To avoid over-crowding classrooms, I have sent a message to students discouraging them from attending classes in person until they have received professor/instructor approval through the PERM system.  Similar messages have or will be sent from the other colleges.  I hope that you will reach out to any students still on your PERM lists to let them know what they should do or when you will let them know about enrolling in and attending your classes. 
  • Finally, faculty are free to use online tools and technology for their classes and student meetings to support their in-person instruction.  That is, there may be circumstances or assignments for which temporary use of Zoom or other online technology may be appropriate in the context of in-person instruction.  Moreover, our learning management system (i.e., Sakai), specialized IT, and Pitzer Academic Support Services (PASS) are available to assist with teaching and learning accommodations that may be needed over the semester and with fluctuations in student and faculty health. 

As noted above (see also Pitzer Pathway Forward), we have precautions and protocols in place while also continuing to monitor the number of positive tests and other community health indicators.  Thank you for your online teaching over the past two weeks and for now transitioning to in-person instruction – to the kind of teaching and learning that faculty and students relish at Pitzer and across the Claremont Colleges.  I also thank you for continuing to be mindful of community health and well-being, and for helping all of us to be safe and comfortable on campus.  I know I am not alone in looking forward to the day when COVID begins to recede in our rearview mirror.  For now, I appreciate your continuing patience and flexibility, and I wish you good health and best wishes for an academically enriching semester.

Allen Omoto


Water Shutdown, Power Outages, and COVID Update
01.23.2022

Dear Colleagues:

I know that the start of the spring semester has been challenging and unpredictable, requiring pivots and flexibility.  I appreciate your patience and perseverance.  I sincerely hope that you are all safe and doing well. 

At this time, I wanted to update you on recent events that have affected many members of the Pitzer community, and importantly, may have impacted students and their ability to complete academic work this past weekend. 

First, and as you may already know, the entire campus unexpectedly lost all water supply for several hours on Friday.  This happened again on Saturday. 

In addition, Claremont experienced very strong winds on Friday night that knocked out power and internet connections.  Students living on campus were affected, and the students living in CCA housing had an even longer period of outage (lasting until earlier today).  And, depending on where they live, other students may still be without power and internet connectivity.  Many trees were downed throughout Claremont, including on our campus.  Thankfully, all of our students are safe.

Finally, many of our students are still navigating delayed returns to campus and all of them are subject to twice/week COVID testing.

I am in regular contact with Vice President for Student Affairs Sandra Vasquez.  Her dedicated team is working diligently to meet student needs and to help ensure that they are safe and supported, including the handful of on-campus students who are in COVID isolation.  Our students have demonstrated tremendous resiliency, with many of them taking recent events in stride.  However, please know that this has been a difficult few days.

I thank all of you, the faculty, for what you are doing to support each other and our students.  My hat also goes off to the staff across the College – and especially dining services, facilities, and student housing – who have gone above and beyond these past few days. 

Let’s hope that the coming weeks are calmer and that we can get back to focusing on coursework and academic and co-curricular pursuits without new problems or distractions. 

Best,

Allen


Faculty Support Services
01.14.2022

Dear Colleagues:

Although instruction will be remote through January 28, support services remain available to faculty through the Dean of Faculty’s Office and across campus. Below you will find support service information for the online period of instruction and the remainder of the semester.

  • To align with efforts to reduce campus density, DoF staff will be available in-person by appointment from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 18 through January 28. Remote assistance is also available from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm by email, phone, and virtual meeting modes.
  • Surgical and KN95 masks are available for pick-up in the Dean of Faculty’s Office, Scott Hall 114. Please schedule an appointment to arrange pick-up.  Masks are also available through Facilities.
  • As desired, faculty can teach remotely from their assigned classrooms during our online instructional period.  Please notify DoF at dofcore@pitzer.edu if you plan to teach from your classroom.  You are encouraged to test equipment and technology in your offices and classrooms before classes begin. If you need assistance with a test-run, please contact the IT Help Desk at help@pitzer.edu
  • If you experience technology issues during a class session, the fastest way to get assistance is to send an email message to help@pitzer.edu with “URGENT: IN CLASS” in the subject line of your message.
  • As a reminder, DoF is once again offering Pitzer faculty the opportunity to hire a student Technical Assistant for up to 5 hours/week to assist with class technology needs.  The recent message about these positions can be found here.  
  • In spring 2020, Pitzer faculty contributed to a community Sakai site with information and tips on remote instruction (PZ Remote Instruction Sakai Site). This site remains available for use or for faculty to upload additional materials.   
  • Finally, here is contact information for several faculty support offices:

Dean of Faculty’s Office
Location: Scott Hall 114
In-Person Appointments: https://calendly.com/dofcore
M-F, 10 am – 3 pm

Virtual Support: dofcore@pitzer.edu
Phone: 909.621.8217
M – F, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Information Technology
Location: Bernard Hall Computer Lab
Help Desk: Help@pitzer.edu
Hours M-F, 8 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm

Facilities and Campus Services
Location: McConnell 113
Email: facilities@pitzer.edu
Phone: 909.607.2226
Work Request: https://www.pitzer.edu/facilities/work-requests/

Duplicating Services
Location: Bernard Hall 111
Email: duplicating@pitzer.edu
Phone: 909.621.8461
Duplicating Request: https://pzforms.pitzer.edu/pitzer-duplicating-online-submission-form/
Hours: M-F, 8 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm

Allen Omoto, Dean of Faculty


PERMs and Zoom
01.13.2022

Dear Colleagues – 

In anticipation of the on-line start of the semester — and recognizing that students have historically used the first two weeks of the semester, prior to the add deadline, as a “shopping period” for courses — we are asking students who want to potentially enroll in a course to inquire directly with instructors about Zoom access to their courses during the first two weeks.

You are welcome to share the zoom information with any students seeking to possibly add your courses, at your discretion.

Below, please find some helpful guidelines from IT:  

How to create and share a recurring Zoom class meeting linkhttps://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/services/zoom/scheduling/ 


How to add a Zoom link to Sakaihttps://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/services/zoom/scheduling/#sakai 

How to access, process, and/or deny PERMs : https://pitzer.box.com/s/bxsfm9pmv3pzbj5q4j1sms6tsudmdw1x 

How to access and manage your class Email Rosterhttps://pitzer.box.com/s/grlz61jw5uc38hjptqytmt5heu9iv4xa 


How to use Zoom (refresher overview): https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/services/zoom/  (also available at https://pitzer.zoom.us)

Thanks all,

Phil Zuckerman


Student Academic Accommodations
01.13.2022

Colleagues –

As mentioned in an email last week, you may encounter students who request accommodations related to course work or activities. Please encourage them to contact Pitzer’s Academic Support Services (PASS) in the Office of Student Affairs to inquire about accommodations and support services (https://www.pitzer.edu/student-life/academic-support-services/). Also, given the on-going COVID situation, please anticipate additional (higher than typical) personal, mental, physical, and/or family-related challenges that our students may have to contend with. As such, please be pro-active in anticipating such; perhaps consider including information or options for accommodations or student needs in your syllabus, or potential class modifications, changes, etc. that you may want to enact on these fronts.

In addition to the above, below are additional resources on the Accommodations front:

  • Attached is the “Claremont Colleges Care Guide.”
  • For Accessibility and Accommodation Contact emails at all of the Claremont Colleges:

Pitzer College: academicsupport@pitzer.edu
Pomona College: disabilityservices@pomona.edu
Claremont McKenna:  accessibilityservices@cmc.edu
Scripps College: ars@scrippscollege.edu
Harvey Mudd College: access@g.hmc.edu
Claremont Graduate University: disabilityservices@cgu.edu
Keck Graduate University: student.accessibility@kgi.edu

These links provide further helpful information:

On-Campus and Community Resources Page 
Faculty Resource Guide for Accommodations 

Best,

Phil Zuckerman

Attachment: Claremont Colleges Care Guide


Student Technical Assistants
01.10.2022

Dear Colleagues:

Pitzer IT, DoF staff and Faculty Support staff, and the consortial Center for Teaching and Learning (https://teaching.claremont.edu/) are all providing specialized services, support, and back up for faculty again this semester.

In addition, and with the online start of the semester, DoF is once again offering Pitzer faculty the opportunity to hire a student Technical Assistant for up to 5 hours/week to assist with class delivery and lesson preparation, including sourcing and retrieving readings, uploading and organizing of course materials, help with editing instructor-generated material, some in-person logistical support, etc.  These student employees are expected to possess basic, but not necessarily specialized technical skills.  They are not class tutors and are not permitted to grade or evaluate student work. Finally, Technical Assistants are expected to work remotely prior to and including the period of remote instruction.

Pitzer faculty who are teaching and wish to hire a student Technical Assistant to support their teaching should submit this brief request form.  The DoF will review requests and authorize faculty to hire a Technical Assistant from students who have applied.  After faculty select a technical assistant, they are responsible for notifying interviewed students about their choice. Faculty are also responsible for working with Carlos Alvarez in the Dean of Faculty’s Office in completing the hiring paperwork. Finally, faculty are responsible for direct supervision of student work.

Faculty must submit a new request for spring 2022 even if they hired a technical assistant in fall 2021. If you have already determined a student you would like to hire, you must still submit the request form and, once approved, may move forward with completing the hiring paperwork.

Requests to hire a Technical Assistant may be submitted at any time, but faculty are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Allen M. Omoto, Dean of Faculty


Religious Holidays, Academic Accommodations, Spring Calendar, and Other Resources
01.10.2022

Colleagues, 

As this Spring semester begins, I call your attention to the following:

  1. Religious holidays. Please be aware of religious holidays and any related accommodation requests you may receive; see attached list for specific dates.  https://services.claremont.edu/chaplains/major-religious-holydays/ .  Students are generally excused for religious observance, but it is their responsibility to talk with professors in advance to arrange for any make-up work.  Thank you for taking these religious holidays into consideration when planning exams and course-related events, and also for assisting students in meeting their academic responsibilities.
  1. Academic accommodations.  You may encounter students who request accommodations related to course work or activities.  Please encourage students to contact Pitzer’s Academic Support Services (PASS) in the Office of Student Affairs to inquire about accommodations and support services (https://www.pitzer.edu/student-life/academic-support-services/).  It would be best for students to contact PASS early in the semester so that a collaborative plan can be developed for the academic year.  PASS will work with students to identify reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and also follow up with a letter to relevant faculty members outlining specific accommodation options. 
  1. Related to the above, given the on-going COVID situation, please anticipate additional (higher than typical) personal, mental, physical, and/or family-related challenges that our students may have to contend with. As such, please be pro-active in anticipating such; perhaps consider including information or options for accommodations or student needs in your syllabus, or potential class modifications, changes, etc. that you may want to enact on these fronts.
  1. IT needs. Given that we will be starting the semester on-line, if you have any computer needs or need any tech support, please reach out to IT as soon as possible. And any students or advisees you have that have similar computer/tech needs should reach out to OSA.
  1. Spring academic calendar.  Key dates in the Spring academic calendar can be found on the Registrar’s website: https://www.pitzer.edu/registrar/academic-calendar/.  This calendar includes information on drop/add deadlines, deadlines for changing grade options and class withdrawals. 
  1. Information about our returning to campus, including COVID-19 protocols, testing, and FAQs can be found here: https://www.pitzer.edu/pathway-forward/
  1. Resources and upcoming events provided by the Claremont Center for Teaching and Learning can be found here: https://teaching.claremont.edu/

 All of us in the DoF wish you the best for the upcoming semester. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Phil Zuckerman, Associate Dean of Faculty


Spring Semester 2022
01.06.2022

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  We are on the verge of another semester like no other. I know that there are a lot of questions about this semester, and by this time, I trust that you have seen President Oliver’s community message describing current plans for the spring semester.  Importantly, the current plan is for the semester to begin with two weeks of online instruction, and then to return to in-person instruction.  In this message, I hope to address many faculty concerns, while also reminding you of recent communications that have gone out with campus-wide information. A townhall meeting for faculty and staff is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, January 7, from 10:00-11:00 am; a Zoom link will be forthcoming.

The Pitzer community is approaching this semester committed to remaining mindful of each other and to an in-person residential educational experience.  The safety and well-being of our community remains our highest priority in returning to in-person instruction and students living on campus.  There is already considerable information on this semester’s plans and safeguards on our website (see Pathway Forward), and we will continue to disseminate additional information over the next several weeks.  Across faculty, staff, and students, we have clear expectations for health behaviors and social norms that will help to ensure community safety and well-being.   

We remain mindful of the recent and rapid rise in COVID-19 transmission due to the Omicron variant locally and nationally.  Vaccinations, including a booster shot, and masks are the best currently available protection.  Before enrolling in classes or moving into campus housing, students are required to submit documentation that they received their booster unless they have a religious or health exemption.  Across the consortium, students must be vaccinated and have received boosters to live on campus and be enrolled in classes.  Among staff and faculty, we are requiring vaccinations and boosters by the start of the semester.  Unless they have an approved exemption on file with HR, Pitzer faculty and staff should provide evidence of having received a booster vaccine by January 18th

Below you will find important information about our policies and expectations for the start of the spring semester.  As you are aware, the situation is dynamic and subject to change.  We continue to monitor COVID-19 transmission and daily new cases, County and State directives, and consortium decisions, all of which may impact our plans. 

 Campus Safety and Precautions

  • All faculty and staff are required to submit proof of vaccine booster through the Healthy Pitzer Portal by January 18, 2022. Please contact HR at hr@pitzer.edu to submit proof of vaccination using an alternative method. If you require an exemption, please contact HR. A “how to” for completing this upload can be found here.  If you already have an exemption on file or have previously submitted proof of receiving the booster vaccine, please disregard this point.
  • Mask requirements have changed.  All Pitzer employees and students are required to wear medical grade face masks while indoors. This includes well-fitting medical grade masks, surgical masks, medical procedure masks, or higher-level respirators approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, such as a N95 filtering face respirator.  KF94 and KN95 masks are also approved for use on campus.  Surgical masks will be supplied by Pitzer and available through the DoF Office (Scott Hall 114), Office of Student Affairs, Office of Residential Life, or Campus Facilities.  When we transition to in-person instruction, unmasked students are not permitted to attend classes.  You can send them to DoF or Student Affairs to obtain a mask if they arrive to your class without one. 
  • All faculty and staff are required to complete the brief daily health screening questionnaire every time they come to campus.  If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are unvaccinated and have been in contact with a person with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 10 days, it is critical that you do not come to campus. 
  • All Pitzer students will be required to complete a PCR test at least 72 hours prior to spring move-in arrival and produce a negative test at that time; if they are unable to test before arrival, Student Affairs and the Student Health Service will work with students to arrange a test.  Thereafter, vaccinated students will be routinely tested twice/week in the first two weeks of the semester and at least once/week thereafter.  Meanwhile, unvaccinated individuals (students, faculty, staff) who have an exemption on file will be tested twice/week.   For now, if you experience any symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID, you are encouraged to get a test.  On campus, tests are available from the Hamilton Health Box nurse (Zephyr) on the north end of West Hall; contact Nurse Zephyr at nurse@pitzer.edu to make an appointment.   
  • It is possible that we will institute mandatory faculty and staff testing.  Please watch for updates on testing requirements.
  • All individuals – faculty, students, staff, – must wear a facemask when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.  This includes when in class and office hours.  The only exceptions for faculty are when you are alone in your office with your door closed or when you are actively eating/drinking.  Anytime someone joins you in your office or other indoor locations, all individuals should be masked. 
  • Outdoors, masking is recommended but not required if you are fully vaccinated. 
  • At the outset of the semester, many campus offices and departments will have limited walk-in availability for services.  In many instances, faculty and students will be able to make appointments for service or to send online queries/requests for information.  
  • We will be limiting in-person gatherings, at least at the beginning of the semester.  Students, staff, and faculty from the Claremont Colleges will be allowed on our campus, although they must comply with our safety precautions (i.e., be masked).  However, we will not hold in-person campus-wide speakers or other public events.  For broader reach and participation, we will continue to rely on Zoom or Hyflex capabilities.
  • At this time non 7-C guests are not permitted on campus. This will be re-evaluated in early February.
  • The cafeteria will be open only to Pitzer students, at least for the first several weeks of the semester.  In addition, no catering services will be available through the campus food service.
  • The PitStop and Shakedown Cafe will offer “grab and go” options for students only, at least for the first few weeks of the semester. The Grove House will most likely be closed for the entire semester.  Thus, faculty and staff should bring food from home or make arrangements for dining that do not include going to campus facilities and services.
  • The water fountains on campus will not be functioning, but water bottle filling stations should be operational.   
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available in classrooms and through Facilities.  In addition, hand sanitizing stations are located across campus.  Please assist in keeping our campus community safe by regularly washing your hands and wiping down surfaces (e.g., printers, keyboards before and after use). 
  • Facilities has worked to make windows operable in many offices.  Please contact Facilities if you have a question about your windows. 

Instruction

  • Undergraduate classes at the 5Cs will begin in online format for the first two weeks of the semester as we do baseline testing and establish protocols for community health and safety.  The Presidents Council will continue to receive information on COVID cases and testing and quarantine capabilities, and make a decision about potentially continuing online instruction beyond two weeks.  At this time, however, the Colleges remain committed to in-person and residential educational experiences, and the intent is to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible after the start of the semester. 
  • Some faculty may have health concerns or other circumstances for which they would like to request accommodations.  There may be a limited number of online or hybrid offerings taught by faculty who request and receive teaching accommodations.  Faculty should contact the DoF at dean_faculty@pitzer.edu as soon as possible to discuss possible teaching accommodations, which also will include conversation with Pitzer HR.  Faculty may be asked to provide medical or other documentation to support accommodation requests.  
  • Faculty are free to use online tools and technology for their classes and student meetings, and even after we resume in-person instruction.  For example, faculty can continue to use Sakai (and Canvas) to support teaching by recording and posting lectures, utilizing asynchronous chats/conversations, etc.  In addition, Hyflex teaching capacity is available in some classrooms and with advance notice to IT.  All of these tools are available to assist with teaching and learning accommodations that may be needed over the semester and with fluctuations in student and faculty health. 
  • Student Technical Assistant positions will once again be available for this semester.  More information on this program will be forthcoming.
  • We are able to use our current classrooms at normal/full capacity, although LACDPH recommends social distancing within classrooms when possible.  Like fall semester, we will be utilizing larger spaces that have not traditionally been used for classes.  Classroom assignments are being made based on faculty preferences, class requirements, and class enrollments.  If you would like to request a change in your assigned classroom, please send your request to DOFCore@pitzer.edu so that we can help coordinate the search for available alternatives. 
  • Windows in some classrooms are able to be opened.  Please contact Facilities to make this request
  • We have several outdoor classrooms available, although masking is still recommended in these settings and some faculty may require it for their classes.  There is little that can be done to control heat, wind, and ambient noise in these classrooms, and projection capabilities, wi-fi, and electricity is limited.  If you would like to explore having your class outdoors, please contact DOFCore@pitzer.edu.  Even if you opt to teach in an outdoor space, we will do our best to ensure that you have an indoor classroom reserved at the same time that you can use in the case of inclement weather or for other purposes.   
  • For office hours, faculty are encouraged to consider different options: masked and in-person (indoors or outdoors) or meeting online.
  • No class field trips will be permitted for at least the first two weeks of the semester.  Once we have clearance to resume field trips and other off-campus educational activities (e.g., internships in community agencies), faculty and staff should abide by the College transportation policy. 

Accommodations

  • Faculty are encouraged to think about and discuss with Field Group colleagues possible accommodations or pivots they could make during the semester should our campus circumstances change or in case their own health is compromised.  These considerations may also influence course design and requirements.  Pivoting to online instruction after the first two weeks may be a viable short-term teaching accommodation.   
  • In the event that a student needs to be isolated or quarantined for a period of time, please work with the student, their advisor, the Office of Student Affairs, and the DoF to help them to continue their work or do extra-credit work.  Faculty will be notified by the Pitzer Student Affairs Office when a Pitzer student tests positive and enters quarantine/isolation.  Student Health Services is hopeful that it will have antigen testing for isolation release on Day 6 (assuming a negative test) available by the start of the semester.  Until antigen tests are available, a 10-day isolation period will apply.
  • Given the ubiquity of the Omicron variant, we can expect that students, staff, and faculty may be infected over the semester and need to avoid attending in-person classes or on-campus activities.  Faculty and students should contact Pitzer Academic Support Services to discuss specific accommodations and what will work best for their situations and classes.  We are hopeful that our high vaccination and booster rates, insistence on masking, and best practices for community health will help us to limit absences and to address them using our usual accommodation processes.  Hyflex teaching capabilities are also potentially available, and we will have tutors and note-takers for a number of classes this semester.  
  • Faculty are encouraged to consider isolation and potential quarantine requirements when constructing their attendance policies and to make clear statements in their syllabi about student attendance and possible accommodations.  For example, students who have tested positive for COVID, been exposed, or are experiencing even mild symptoms should not come to class.  Consistently penalizing students for absences may deter them from engaging in good health practices.  Recording and posting lectures to a class Sakai site, meanwhile, may permit students to continue making progress even if they cannot attend class sessions. Faculty are empowered to set policies and expectations for their classes, and to the extent possible, it is best to do so through clearly stated guidelines in the course syllabus and class discussion.  
  • Faculty who are medically unable to come to campus should be in contact with the DoF at dean_faculty@pitzer.edu; HR may be consulted for medical accommodations.  
  • If faculty cannot work from campus because they are caring for an individual(s) who is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order, or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19, they should contact the DoF at dean_faculty@pitzer.edu.  Again, HR may be consulted to determine appropriate accommodations.

In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your continuing work on behalf of the Pitzer community, and especially our students.  The past 21 months have been extraordinarily challenging for all of us personally and professionally, and for the College as a whole, and we have all learned the importance of flexibility and patience.  I am proud of how our community has adapted and helped each other.  Clearly, though, more patience and adaptations will be needed in this next semester.  The Pitzer community is strong and resilient, and I have confidence that we will continue to work together to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic so as to continue to offer a distinctive and high-quality education to our students in a healthy and safe environment.  

If you have questions or suggestions for steps that we can take to increase safety and comfort on campus, please send them to DoF at dean_faculty@pitzer.edu or reach out to members of our Pitzer COVID Task Force.  My office will continue to send out updates as they become available and as the College continues to monitor developments and make adaptations.   

With best wishes for the coming semester,

Allen Omoto, Dean of Faculty