Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 215
Director of Academic Programs
Weyerhaeuser Hall, 216
Student Advisement: Macalester uses a faculty advising model. The Academic Programs Office manages advising assignments, provides resources and support to advisors, meets with students in academic difficulty, and supports students in major decision-making.
First-Year Courses: All incoming first-year students are required to take in their first semester a course that is designed to assist them in their transition to college, specifically to the liberal arts model, and to Macalester’s academic expectations of them. All First-Year Courses have a common emphasis on college-level writing and basic library research skills. The Academic Programs Office recruits faculty, oversees learning outcomes, manages student enrollment, hires and supports writing assistants, and facilitates co-curricular activities associated with the FYCs.
Honors Program: In the spring of their Junior Year students apply through their departments to conduct an honors project in their Senior Year. The Academic Programs Office monitors this process, provides logistical support to both students and faculty, and organizes various events to recognize the work of those participating in the program.
Scholarships and Fellowships: The majority of scholarships and fellowships that require institutional nomination are handled by the Academic Programs Office. The office works on recruitment and mentoring, as well as on selection and nomination.
Student Travel Fund: The Academic Programs Office has resources to support student travel to present at academic conferences. Students are typically allowed one $350 award per year through this competitive process.
Speaker’s Fund: The Academic Programs Office has resources to support outside speakers making in-class presentations. Honoraria are typically $100 per speaker per course; faculty may make multiple requests per semester/year as funding allows.
Academic Prizes and Awards: The Academic Programs Office collaborates with departments in recognizing the outstanding performance of students. In addition to managing the dispersement of funds and running several of the competitions, the office coordinates the annual Honors and Awards Luncheon each spring.