Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning


Thanks to everyone who participated in Faculty Development Day and New Faculty Orientation. A special thank you to those colleagues who facilitated sessions and shared their experiences and expertise. Your contributions and involvement are appreciated. Click "more" for materials from Faculty Development Day.

New Faculty Orientation Session

The first New Faculty Orientation Session will be held Thursday, September 10 in the St. Peter Room from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Please join all new faculty colleagues for lunch to talk over the first week of classes; bring your questions.

First Friday Faculty Social

All faculty are invited to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall. Get to know new faculty, reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate the start of the new year. Refreshments provided. Hosted by the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Teachers Talking: A Conversation with Erazim Kohák

We're moving our date to Tuesday, Sept. 15 in order to have a chance to talk with Professor Erazim Kohák of Charles University in Prague. After teaching at Gustavus and Boston University, Kohák returned to his native Czechoslovakia at the time of the Velvet Revolution. In Prague he is known as an advocate for democracy and the environment. Join us to discuss his perspectives on higher education and the role of the scholar in public affairs.

Teachers Talking Technology: Online backups, synchronization, and sharing

Join Sean Cobb and Yurie Hong for the first Teachers Talking Technology of the year on Tuesday, September 22. Sean and Yurie will discuss their experience using services such as Dropbox and Mozy to keep an off-site backup of important files, to keep files synchronized across multiple computers, and to have a shared filespace that could be used with students for assignments and research collaborations. Buffet, then meet in the St. Peter Room; 11:30 to 12:20 and again at 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Teachers Talking Writing

"Getting Writers Off To a Good Start" - Join Writing Center director Becky Fremo and WAC director Jeanne Herman as they discuss ways to identify students who may need extra help with their writing, campus resources for writers, and ways to help struggling writers in your course. Program runs from 11:30 to 12:20 p.m. and again at 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Free lunch. Good Conversation.

Faculty Achievements Publication

As we did two years ago, the Kendall Center will be putting together a publication listing faculty achievements for 2008 & 2009. If you want to get started, information, examples, and a form can be found on the Kendall Center website. Please make the editors happy, earn good Karma, and follow the style guide included there.

New Kendall Center Blogs

Keep up with nifty technology tricks and with what our student researchers and their faculty sponsors are doing by following these two new blogs created by our faculty associates: Teachers Talking Blog and Student Research Blog

New Printing Rules May Affect Classes

Since for the first time students' use of printers is being metered, with 600 prints available at no cost and a 5 cents per page charge thereafter, you may notice some changes in how students prepare for classes. Most students prefer to work from printed documents as they study and do research, but may now be inclined to ration what they print. If you want students to have copies of a Moodle reading in front of them for discussion, you might need to explicitly say so.

AAC&U Report on Employer Perspectives

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has twice asked employers of graduates how well colleges are doing and where the greatest needs are. In the 2008 report, about a third of employers felt many graduates were not well prepared for entry level work and most felt half or more of graduates were unprepared for advancement. The full report can be found at the AAC&U site.

Found on the Web - Clive Thompson on the New Literacy

Clive Thompson on the New Literacy: In this article, Wired columnist reports on research by Andrea Lunsford, author of The Everyday Writer, examining the writing students do in class and out. "Lunsford's team found that the students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos—assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across. Click "more" for further info.

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