MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXII No. 2
November / December 2009

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter begins a focus on some of the recent and upcoming Institute financial decisions that will affect the entire MIT community. Both the editorial "Retirement Planning" and the article "Changes in MIT's 401(k) Plan" discuss some of these decisions.

Teach Talk: What Else (Besides the Syllabus) Should Students Learn in Introductory Physics?
Recent surveys offer unexpected results and interesting commentary on the perceptions of freshmen students compared to faculty instructors.
From The Faculty Chair: Holiday Readings and Reflections
Faculty Chair Tom Kochan suggests some important reading material for over the holidays and into the new year.
Retirement Planning
Editorial Subcommittee
The MIT Human Resources Website allows each employee to study in detail his or her personal retirement benefit profile. The site is well done, an easy-to-use guide to . . .
Changes in MIT's 401(k) Plan
Peter A. Diamond and Andrew W. Lo
On a regular basis, the MIT Supplemental 401(k) Plan Oversight Committee reviews MIT’s 401(k) plan. The committee has just completed a thorough review of the plan . . .
Teach Talk
What Else (Besides the Syllabus) Should Students Learn
in Introductory Physics?
David E. Pritchard, Analia Barrantes, Brian R. Belland
Recently our education research group has turned its attention from studying micro-learning (see to issues that lie at the heart of any educational . . .
From the Faculty Chair
Holiday Readings and Reflections
Thomas A. Kochan
I hope everyone takes time to enjoy the upcoming holidays with family and friends. As you do so, I’d encourage you to take a few documents home with you and . . .
Memorial Resolution for David B. Schauer
It is with great sorrow that we regretfully acknowledge the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Dr. David Schauer, on June 7, 2009 – one day after his 48th birthday.
The MIT150 Symposia: A Call for Proposals
MIT will celebrate its 150th anniversary during the spring semester of 2011. In addition to a variety of other programs that will celebrate the past and envision the . . .
Request for Proposals for Teaching and Education Enhancement
The Office of Faculty Support seeks proposals for innovative projects for the 2010-2011 academic year that improve the quality of teaching, enrich students’ . . .
MIT Professional Education:
Call for Summer 2010 Short Course Proposals
MIT Professional Education – Short Programs (originally “Summer Session”) celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. During the program’s long tenure . . .
Allocating Faculty Time
Dave Staelin
This note is in response to your September/October editorial “altering the culture” query about administrative involvement in allocation of faculty time to teaching . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
OpenCourseWare (OCW) Expenses and Funding
M.I.T. Numbers
OpenCourseWare (OCW) Monthly Global and MIT Visits