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The Official Newsletter of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium
Advancing the Liberal Arts through Connection & Collaboration
December 2021 Issue
Happy Holidays!

With deep gratitude to all who join in the work of the New York Six, we send wishes for a peaceful holiday season.

Amy and Kim

January 11 Faculty Program to Focus on Student Mental Health 

As we continue in this pandemic era, more and more students are presenting with mental health challenges or emotional difficulties that can interfere with their academics. Supporting students is a campus-wide effort that can present unique challenges for faculty. Join us in a discussion, Student Mental Health and the Classroom: Guidance for Faculty, on Tuesday, January 11, from 12:30-1:30 pm, featuring NY6 colleagues engaged in helping to support students and faculty around these issues.
In this discussion, we will:
  • Provide broad context around student and campus mental health concerns;
  • Provide guidance and best practices for faculty on how to best support and work with students navigating mental health issues on campus;
  • Discuss strategies faculty can use to establish boundaries and set expectations in the classroom that will help them strike a balance between compassion and accountability;
  • Discuss strategies aimed at helping to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.
Panelists will include:
Marcus Hotaling, Ph.D.
Director of the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center, Union College and
President of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
Tina Tao, Ed.D.
Coordinator of Retention and Academic Support, St. Lawrence University
David Walden, Ph.D.
Director of the Counseling Center and Lecturer in Psychology, Hamilton College
Board Member, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
Please use this link to register.

Navigating Faculty Life with Self-Compassion: January 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Rigor, critique, and challenge tend to be prized in academic cultures, but what happens when we perceive that we are the ones not meeting standards—either in reality or in our own internal and often unfriendly judgments?  Following an exploration of aspects of faculty life that foster self-criticism, this webinar introduces mindful self-compassion as a resource for meeting difficult moments and interactions with resilience.  
Presented by Susan Walzer, Ph.D., MSW, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Skidmore College
Please use this link to register.
About Susan:
Susan Walzer, Ph.D., MSW, retired as Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in June 2021. Susan’s teaching and research focused on emotions, family relationships and transitions, social psychology, and issues in higher education.  During her 25 years at Skidmore, she served as a department chair, on numerous committees, and provided counsel to colleagues based on qualitative research she guided and conducted about student and faculty cultures.  These experiences coupled with her clinical background and training as a teacher of mindful self-compassion all inform her current consultations about navigating challenges of academic life. 
Academic Collaboration Seed Grants – Call for Proposals

The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium is pleased to offer funding for academic-related projects and programs that engage faculty from three or more member campuses. Examples of funded activities include conferences/workshops/symposia, new faculty working groups, programs on critical research skills and new pedagogical approaches, and development of innovative shared resources programs. 
Funding levels generally range from $250-$2,000 and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis to fund a maximum of six academic working groups per year. Faculty from at least three of the Consortium member schools must be represented in the proposal, and we welcome proposals from all disciplines.  
Interested faculty may submit proposal materials using this link to the funding request form. Proposal materials include a project description, budget and justification, and list of collaborators. Please contact NY6 Project Manager Kim Marsella at if you have any questions.
NY6 Faculty Invited to Apply to CNY Humanities Corridor Writing Retreat

Connect with scholars from across the Corridor, learn how to make your writing more sustainable and fulfilling, and make meaningful progress on your project at the 2022 Central New York Humanities Corridor Writing Retreat, October 7-9 at the Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. 

Participants will focus on topics such as: identifying and addressing writing obstacles (including external and internal barriers that can negatively impact writing); practicing sustainable writing habits; assessing what’s possible and setting realistic goals; reciprocity and cultivating readers for your work, while being inspired by Minnowbrook's beautiful Adirondack setting.

Eligible to apply are tenure-track faculty (untenured faculty, mid-career faculty, and full professors) in the humanities and related inter-disciplines from Corridor institutions. Additional information is available at the Writing Retreat website.

Apply online here by January 31, 2022. 
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