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Dear Evergreen Colleagues,
Welcome back! I am grateful to be celebrating small things like a chill in the air or running into colleagues in the parking lot. It's been delightful to see students back on campus getting busy with the work of being students. Last week, I had the good fortune to help with student move-in. It was so nice to see students excited about returning to campus after a year away - or arriving for their first year. 
We are making a few changes to the newsletter this year in an effort to refocus our work on the core mission of the Learning and Teaching Commons. You'll notice the content will focus on teaching and learning, with an emphasis on equitable classroom practices. 
To this end we will be hosting 1-2 Conversations about Teaching at Evergreen each quarter. I invite you to join our newest faculty in conversations about the core aspects of teaching at Evergreen.
In Community, 
The Learning and Teaching Commons newsletter is delivered to your inbox on the first Friday of the month during the quarter. Click here to read past newsletters.

In this issue...


  • The Writing Lab is a meeting place for students to share their writing, build a community, and crowd source best practices. Click here for more details and to learn how to reserve space for yourself or your course.
  • The Tacoma Lyceum will host New York Times bestselling author, Ijeoma Oluo, on Tuesday, October 5. [more information
  • The Art Lecture Series will kick off its fall lineup on Wednesday, Oct. 6 with James Spooner - tattoo artist, illustrator, and filmmaker. Click here for information on the series.
  • Evergreen is hosting the second Womxn of Color Legislators Panel on Monday, October 18, 1-3 pm via Zoom. For more information, check out this post
Incoming students for the 2021-2022 academic year participate in orientation workshops on Sat., Sept. 25, 2021 on the Evergreen campus.
2021 Evergreen Orientation Workshops

Faculty Spotlight

Evergreen faculty member, Hirsh Diamant, co-authored a chapter in the recently published book Online Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues, Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies. The chapter examines cross-cultural exchange among three different countries when the pandemic stalled study abroad programs.
Hirsh Diamant is currently teaching Arts and the Child: Early Childhood.
Send us faculty spotlight ideas for future newsletters.


Visit the Commons website for announcements, events, and resources related to teaching.

Save the Date - Conversations about Teaching at Evergreen

These twice a quarter sessions provide an opportunity to engage in seminar with colleagues about the unique nature of teaching at Evergreen. Open to all campus community members - faculty, staff, and students. More information, including registration, will be available in subsequent issues of the newsletter. 
  • Narrative Evaluations | Monday, Nov 15, 2021 | 3:30pm - 4:10p
  • Mid-Quarter Feedback | Monday, Jan 24, 2022 | 3:30pm - 4:10
  • Seminars | Monday, Feb 7, 2022 | 3:30pm - 4:10p
  • Inclusive Teaching | Monday, Apr 18, 2022 | 3:30pm - 4:10p
  • Syllabus | Monday, May 16, 2022 | 3:30pm - 4:10pm

Call for Nominations:
Learning and Teaching Commons Faculty Fellowship

Do you have a passion for teaching and learning? Are you interested in promoting inclusive and culturally-informed teaching practices at Evergreen? 

The Learning and Teaching Commons is recruiting faculty scholars. This nine-month, half-time release position is open to all full-time faculty. Fellowships are available for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024. [Details and nomination instructions]


As fall quarter begins don't forget...

Students adding and dropping classes

  • Oct.1 is the deadline for a 100% refund
  • Oct. 8 is the last date to drop without impacting credits for Financial Aid
  • Oct. 26 is the last date to drop with a 50% refund

Syllabi and Community Agreements

Faculty Sponsored Research Grants are due Oct. 25

Academic Statements

  • In fall, full-time programs should include at least 6 hours of in-program work on the Academic Statement or in advising students.
  • Half-time programs should include at least 3 hours during the quarter.
  • For more information, visit this informative page for the Academic Statement

Online Learning Consortium

Don't forget to explore the resources available to you through the Online Learning Consortium! Evergreen holds an institutional membership to the Online Learning Consortium. As a member institution, faculty have access to free webinars, and other online teaching and learning resources. Members also receive special discounts on workshops, teaching certificate programs, conferences, and events. 

To access your member benefits, create your free user account here. Be sure to use your Evergreen email to create your account. 

Request a Teaching Consultation 

Do you have a teaching dilemma, issue or question? Is there an activity you are struggling to translate to remote teaching? Do you need some help designing asynchronous activities?
The Learning and Teaching Commons offers individual and small group remote teaching consultations. Consultations provide an opportunity to get direct feedback on your teaching puzzles. Click here for details.


Faculty, please share the Fall 2021 Student Services document with your programs and courses. 
These individuals and offices are eager to support students. Keep this list handy when advising students or reach out to schedule a visit to your program or course. 


Visit the Learning and Teaching Commons Calendar for information on upcoming events, teaching deadlines, and more.
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