People: In Brief
In 2010, Beloit was one of 30 colleges and universities selected to take part in the latest Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. As a part of this nationally recognized measurement and outcomes-focused study, a team of Beloit faculty and staff are working to assess the college’s recently adopted curricular revisions with a particular focus on the liberal arts in practice, students' preparation to engage it, their experiences at Beloit with it, and what they gain as a result.
Headed up by President Bierman, Team Beloit won the inaugural "Shoehorn" trophy at the 48th running of the Olde English Classic, defeating Teams Lawrence and Ripon during Homecoming/Reunion 2010.
Beloit completed successful searches for five faculty members in the departments of biology, chemistry, classics, music, and theatre. Four of the positions are permanent additions to the faculty (tenure track), and one is a teaching fellowship.
A host of esteemed guest speakers visited campus over the past two years. Among them:
- Weissberg Professors Sheila Dinotshe Tlou (2010) and Ali Allawi (2011)
- Upton Scholars Hernando De Soto (2009) and Israel Kirzner (2010)
- Selzer Visiting Philosophers Martha Nussbaum (2010) and Daniel Dennett (2011)
- Mackey Professors Scott Russell Sanders (2009), Linda Gregerson and James McManus (2010)
Staff Council, a collection of directors and vice presidents from across campus, have undertaken a variety of new initiatives since 2009 aimed at strengthening the college’s professional acumen, clarifying priorities, and setting best practice benchmarks. Among their successes:
- The Admitted-to-Move-in program, which saw the winnowing of more than a binder’s worth of new student material into a 28-page brochure that walks admitted students—and their families—through the final stages of “Becoming a Beloiter,” the name given to the guide.
- Summer Symposium, an internally-produced professional development program that drew more than 300 staff and faculty to a day-long conference on the business of Beloit College, was successfully pitched as a day to educate and celebrate campus employees. Follow-up surveys charted overwhelmingly positive reviews of the day and success at meeting stated outcomes.
- Benchmarking Beloit—the summer 2010 study that identified best practices at peer institutions related to staffing levels, budget expenditures, and other operational activities— helped cement plans to launch the college’s new internal news website (which receives more than 10,000 hits weekly), prompted the council’s “Becoming a Beloiter” project, and helped outline several other department-level discussions and investigations.
- A concentrated, two-year focus on student employment practices led to the creation of goal-oriented job descriptions for all positions, a uniform pay structure, and a streamlined posting and hiring process for student workers.
For an extended listing of Beloit faculty scholarly and creative academic achievements, visit www.beloit.edu/facultyaccolades.