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Staff Updates

Dean of Students Search

We have been reviewing the more than 100 applications received for the position of dean of students, and we are beginning to conduct interviews with candidates on our short list. Candidates who continue to be of interest will be brought for campus visits during the spring term. We will keep you apprised of developments on this front.

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 24).

For those of you who wish to add or drop classes, you may do so starting February 23 during the afternoon advising and registration period in faculty offices, 2:00–5:00 pm; the relevant forms will be available in the Dean’s Office the morning of February 23. 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 6, and drop courses through March 11. March 11 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 the student portal–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: 2015

We are pleased to announce that a search for a full-time faculty member in the area of cognitive neuroscience/cognitive psychology has just been launched (see the ad here). The search for a faculty member in video will continue during the spring term.

  • Spring 2015 | Visiting faculty, new and returning: Sean Akerman, psychology; Crina Archer, political science; David Baron, sound design; Josh Blackwell, painting; Edward Bowen, Italian; Lydia Brassard, social science; Akiko Busch, environment/literature; Warren Cockerham, video; Michael Cohen, conflict resolution; Dan Chelotti, literature; Moncell Durden, guest artist in dance; John Gould, literature; Camille Guthrie, literature; Stephen Higa, history; Dan Hofstadter, literature; Sarah Hammond, drama; Katsuya Izumi, Japanese; Karolina Kawiaka, architecture; Paul La Farge, literature; Satomi LaFave, Japanese; Art Larson, technology; Michael Leczinsky, music; Alexandar Mihailovic, literature; Joe Mundt, mathematics; Peter Pagnucco, conflict resolution; Jonathan Schwartz, video; Carol Stakenas, art history.
  • Spring 2015 | Returning from sabbatical or leave: Barry Bartlett, Ron Cohen, Marguerite Feitlowitz, Sarah Harris, Kirk Jackson, Rotimi Suberu, Bruce Williamson, Kerry Woods.
  • Spring 2015 | Going on sabbatical or leave: Barbara Alfano, Nick Brook, Sherry Kramer (continuing from F14), Amie Jo McClellan, Ann Pibal, (continuing from F14), Eileen Scully, Donald Sherefkin, Ikuko Yoshida.
  • Fall 2015 | Going on sabbatical or leave: John Bullock, Noah Coburn, Sarah Harris, Mary Lum, Carol Pal, Susan Sgorbati, Betsy Sherman.

Study Abroad

  • Students returning from study abroad: A study abroad re-entry meeting will be held on March 5, noon–1:30 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 abroad Spring 2015: Once you have settled in and registered for classes abroad, you will need to send your contact information and course registration to Kendra Ericson. Please continue to check your Bennington email address for updates from the College.
  • Students planning to study abroad: If you are thinking about studying abroad, please plan to attend the Study Abroad Information Session on March 11, 1:00–2:00 pm, Barn 124. If you are planning to go abroad for the Fall 2015 term, make an appointment with Kendra Ericson early in the term to begin the application process.

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