Summer Institutes, Planning Retreats, and Project Work

From: McAvity, David <>
Sent: Friday, February 4, 2022 12:38 PM
To: All Faculty <>

Dear Colleagues,

Summer may seem far away, but it will be here sooner than we think! In fact, planning for summer opportunities has kicked off. You should have just received a call for proposals for Summer Institutes from the Learning and Teaching Commons.

Summer institutes are one of several compensated opportunities for faculty in the summer. The following information is intended to clarify the nature of these opportunities and help you make your summer plans. Please review the list below. I have included points of contact relating to each type of opportunity. They will be in touch with more information in due course and can be available to answer questions.

Summer Institutes 
Point of contact: Learning and Teaching Commons (

Summer Institutes are convenings of faculty and staff with the primary purpose of engaging in professional development activities. The topics and agenda for summer institute are determined by the institute conveners and peer-reviewed by the Learning and Teaching Commons Faculty Advisory Council. There will be a call for proposals announced next week. Offerings are open to all faculty and staff, except in rare cases where an additional application is required.  

  • Registration is required, participation may be limited, and attendance is tracked. 
  • Faculty participants will be paid a daily stipend of $125, and conveners will be paid a daily stipend of $250 for participating in summer institutes. 

Curriculum Planning Retreats 
Point of contact: Alex Markley  (

Curriculum Planning Retreats are gatherings of faculty (and relevant staff) with the primary goal of curricular planning. Typically, this planning work is associated with a curricular area (Paths, NPP, Tacoma, MiT, MPA, and MES). These are funded by the college as two-day institutes. Other areas, such as the CELTC or Climate Center, may also choose to host and fund planning retreats.  

  • Registration is not required. All faculty members are invited to attend the retreat for their curricular program or path. 
  • Faculty participants will be paid a daily stipend of $125, and conveners not already on contract for this work in the summer will be paid a daily stipend of $250.  

Special College Project Work 
Point of contact: Provost Office (

Special College Projects and Committee work are focused on work of the college as designated by the provost or other leaders who may have funding for this work. This work will be announced as it is identified in the lead up to summer. 

  • Participation is through a call for interested faculty or by invitation. There is no registration. 
  • Faculty participants will be paid a daily stipend of $250 for this work.  

Summer Appointments 
Point of contact: Provost Office (

There are some faculty positions appointed to do part-time or full-time work over the summer. These include CAT leaders and faculty directors. Additional project appointments will be announced to support the development of the school of curriculum for the school of professional studies this summer. There may also be other opportunities.

Please direct all questions about compensation, including questions about eligibility, to the Vice Provost ( or the Academic Budget Office (  

Best wishes,


David McAvity | he-him | Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (interim) | The Evergreen State College | 360.867.6400

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