Center for Faculty and Curricular Development
Supporting the professional development and pedagogical initiatives of the Bard College faculty, The Center for Faculty and Curricular Development (CFCD) offers programs and support for faculty at all stages in their teaching and professional development. Regular programming includes Lightning Lunches (noon discussions in the faculty dining room), a series of events designed specifically for new and junior faculty, publishing panels, open classrooms, teaching roundtables, and summer workshops. Ongoing projects include peer observation of teaching, one-on-one consultations on syllabus and assignment design, and mentoring. Visit our newsroom for upcoming programs and more.
Visit the CFCD Website
Accessibility at Bard
Accessibility at Bard
As many of you may know, faculty, staff, and students have been hard at work this addressing concerns presented by the Bard Disabled Student Union. Accessibility at Bard is a large working group that will continue its efforts over the course of this academic year, welcoming participation and input from all members of the community.
One major step forward has been the formulation of a model syllabus statement for faculty reference: please consider including this language (or some version adapted to the specific contours of your class) in course materials shared with students this fall.
Model Syllabus Statement
Bard College is committed to inclusion and providing equal access to all students; we uphold and maintain all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If a student with a disability wishes to request accommodations, they must register with Disability and Access Services (DAS). Any information regarding a student’s disability will remain confidential. Requests for accommodations should be made as early as possible to ensure adequate time for coordination and planning. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive and require advance notice to implement.
If you are already registered and have an existing accommodation plan with DAS, request that the office forwards your accommodation letter to the appropriate faculty.
If you experience any unforeseen access barriers in this course, or have disability-related or accessibility questions, please contact DAS for a confidential discussion: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessibility at Bard is committed to supporting inclusive pedagogy with tools such as the attached universal design checklist for digital materials.
Administrative Assistants and Program Managers for academic programs received essential training to support faculty in creating more accessible course materials: I want to thank these dedicated professionals for their energetic efforts in support of Bard's institutional commitment to creating inclusive learning environments. The College will provide ongoing training to help program support personnel master these new practices.
You may wish to familiarize yourself now with Bard SensusAccess, an on-demand file conversion service that helps Bard students, staff, and faculty convert digital materials into alternate formats, such as audio books, e-books, digital large-print and Braille. This service improves the accessibility and readability of your digital documents. You can find SensusAccess here: moodle.bard.edu or via this link: sensusaccess.com/web3/bard
The College invited a consultant to meet with faculty, administrators, staff, and students to identify next steps and to formulate a comprehensive action plan for Accessibility at Bard. Recommendations were received - please stay tuned for updates on action items as we move forward.
Please join me in thanking Erika van der Velden, former Director of Disability, Leslie Melvin, Academic Technology Services, Nancy Smith, Campus Accessibility Project Manager, and Juliet Meyers, Web Service Manager, for their tireless efforts to make Bard College more accessible to all members of our community. The leadership of Vice President for Administration Coleen Murphy Alexander '00 and Vice President of Student Affairs Erin Cannan has been vital to all efforts and advances made to date.
We very much appreciate your ideas, suggestions, and cooperation in implementing these important changes.
Finally, Disability and Access Services has undergone some exciting changes! The office has moved to Olin 106. Erin Braselmann joins us as the new Director, and she can be reached at email@example.com. Rachel Flynn is the new Program Associate (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Megan Brien is the office's new Administrative Assistant (email@example.com).
Resources for Students and Faculty
Contact for the Center for Student Life & Advising:
Our colleagues there can help you help your students develop and implement strategies for success in the classroom and in their work and lives at the College. Please also be in touch if students have been missing from classes with no explanation, or with other concerns or questions.
If you have questions or concerns about first-year students contact Assistant Dean of Students Molly Freitas (firstname.lastname@example.org, 7454)
If you have questions or concerns about sophomores, juniors, or seniors whose last names start with A-G, contact Assistant Dean of Studies Jennifer Triplett (email@example.com; x7454).
If you have questions or concerns about sophomores, juniors, or seniors whose last names start with H-P, contact Assistant Dean of Studies Dorothy Albertini (firstname.lastname@example.org; x7454).
If you have questions or concerns about sophomores, juniors, or seniors whose last names start with Q-Z, contact Associate Dean of Students Timand Bates (email@example.com; x7454).
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Bethany Nohlgren (firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-758-7454) and Associate Vice President for Academic Affiairs & Dean of Studies David Shein (email@example.com, 845-758-7045) are also available to work with students and faculty who need additional assistance. We hope this system will provide a useful supplement to the advising and support available to students from the Learning Commons, the Library, Disability Services, as well as from their teachers, academic advisers, coaches, mentors, and house professors. Please do not hesitate to be in touch.
Course and Faculty Evaluation
Program External Review
Faculty and Program Support Staff
Higher Education Resources
- AAC&U: Association of American Colleges and Universities
- AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
- ACE: American Council on Education
- ACLS: American Council of Learned Societies
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- CIC: The Council of Independent Colleges
- Environmental Consortium of the Hudson Valley
- Inside Higher Education
- NAFA: National Association of Fellowships Advisers
- NCFDD: National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
- Presidents' Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability
Office: Ludlow & Willink, 2nd Floor
*Please note Faculty Meetings in the Fall begin at 12:00 p.m. and will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center unless otherwise notified.
Wednesday, September 1
Wednesday, September 29 (faculty-led)
Wednesday, November 10
Wednesday, December 15
*Please note Faculty Meetings in the Spring will begin at 1:20 p.m. and will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center unless otherwise notified.
Wednesday, February 2
Wednesday, May 25