Summer Institutes

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What Are Summer Institutes?

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 Summer Institute Planning Group. Offerings are open to all faculty and staff.

  • 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, up to a cap of $1,000. 

Summer Institutes are distinct from other kinds of summer work, such as Curriculum Planning Retreats, Special College Project Work, and Summer Appointments. You can compare definitions of these categories of summer work by reviewing their descriptions on the Learning and Teaching Commons blog.

Faculty and staff have a long and inspired tradition of convening during the summer to build community, improve our practice, and engage in meaningful conversations about student success at Evergreen. The Learning and Teaching Commons is proud and committed to honoring that tradition.

Evergreen’s summer institutes promote a generative culture of interdisciplinary teaching and learning that is student-centered, equity-minded, inquiry-oriented, and committed to access and excellence. The primary purpose of summer institutes is to offer professional development opportunities that build institutional capacities to advance long-term curricular stability as required by our adopted mission and values. These institutes also provide Evergreen faculty and staff the rare opportunity to convene together as learners in a learning organization.

Each year, the Commons identifies key themes that align with institutional goals to encourage strategic alignment of developmental opportunities with long-term institutional goals. 

There are two types of Summer Institutes:

Sponsored Institutes: The Learning & Teaching Commons (LTC) collaborates with Student & Academic Life (SAL) and Inclusive Excellence & Student Success (IESS) to develop 5-8 institutes of broad relevance to the institution.  

Community-Initiated Institutes: In accordance with article 17.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the United Faculty of Evergreen, the Learning and Teaching Commons solicits proposals aligned with the key themes from the faculty at large.

Equity Training: Many institutes fulfill the requirement for faculty professional development in inclusive excellence, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and cultural competence laid out in the June 2017 MOU.

Equity Goals

The Summer Institutes center specific equity goals for the benefit of participating conveners, faculty, and staff. Proposed institutes with a significant emphasis on these goals will be designated in the program as an option to fulfill the Equity and Inclusion Training Requirement.

Inclusive – The proposed institute should be open to any and all faculty and staff at the institution and present no barriers to full participation or benefit from attendance.

Equitable – Many approaches to and possibilities for equitable pedagogy are represented by our identities, positions of privilege, and disciplinary backgrounds. The proposed institute should creatively and positively address equity with consideration for the topic and the context. 

Diverse – Our learning is enriched by the diversity of our academic community, and we encourage institutes that highlight diverse perspectives, under-represented populations, interdisciplinary approaches, and new or experimental topics and ideas.

If you have questions about these goals or would like assistance or support with framing the equity goals in your proposal, please contact

Important Dates

  • December 6 | Call for Proposals Opens
  • February 7th | Proposal Workshop
  • February 12 | Proposal Deadline
  • March 11 | Conveners Notified
  • April 29 | Registration Opens
  • June 10 | Registration Closes
  • Two-Weeks Post-Institute | Convener Report Due

Convener Orientation Materials