The college is committed to encouraging and supporting interactions between faculty and students. Students who form meaningful relationships with their professors outside the immediate context of course work consistently report greater satisfaction with their undergraduate experience. The rewards for faculty members can be just as great.
The Undergraduate Dean’s Office has funds to support faculty connections with students in small informal group interactions outside the classroom. This program intends to enhance the students’ learning experience and their sense of connection to their faculty and the College more broadly.
As part of the College-wide budget reduction for 2017-18, the number of meal passes available and reimbursement limits have been reduced from prior year levels somewhat.
1) Faculty members are eligible to receive up to 15 meal passes per semester for their use during lunch with students (who will cover their meal expenses with a meal plan or their own funds) that is not directly related to curriculum, e.g., language tables are not funded by the Deans Office. Faculty anticipating a need to fund course-based activities should consult with their department chair.
2) In addition, a faculty member may be reimbursed for up to $75 per semester for expenses related to entertainment of students in an activity that takes place outside of class time. These can be course-related. Faculty requests for dean’s office funding to provide refreshments for students after attending an exhibit, a talk by a campus speaker, or at an end-of-semester celebration (held outside of class time) are acceptable.
To obtain the Faculty and Student Entertainment Request for Reimbursement form, please complete the Faculty and Student Entertainment Fund Request Form and return to Joann O'Doherty in the Dean's Office for processing. Please allow several days to process reimbursements.