Dear Willard College Faculty,
As discussed at the last Faculty Senate meeting, the College, in collaboration with faculty, has made final determination of the outline of the summer reorientation program. Please plan on reviewing and revising any summer research, travel, vacation, or surgery, as the reorientation will be somewhat time consuming. So, what is the Summer Reorientation?
Based on focus group data from faculty, Willard College will immediately dissolve all academic departments. This is following best practices as recently laid out by Plymouth State College. Instead of departments, those very nineteenth century hold outs, faculty shall organize into PODULES. There will be six podules that faculty may join: Investigation, Curiosity, Confusion, Choice, Insight, and Living. Incoming Willard College freshman will select their Podule during summer orientation. During their time at Willard, they may change their podule as often as they please. The only department to which this new program DOES NOT apply is the Department of Foreign Modern Languages as they had already anticipated this change and presently operate as a mobile podule.
Once again, Gingrich and Associates was invaluable in making the reorientation happen. Also, although he is no longer with us, we wish to extend deep gratitude to former provost Pillow, whose dedication to laying the groundwork for this project was critical. We wish him well in his current situation.
Sincerely, Provost Confabuloso
willard visionary again, i suggest faculty switch podules as well, at any time during the semester, year, time at willard. mobility…! i would start of in confusion, and then living.then insight then back to confusion. what a great thing to spend summer on…
I suspect that Provost Confabuloso will be sending updates soon. These reorientations are works in progress.
What about just phasing out faculty altogether? Students could have peer counselors or RA’s advise them in their residential self-directed online and collaborative learning.
We haven’t not looked at such a plan for down the line.