Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Faculty Achievements Publication

The Kendall Center is putting together a publication listing faculty achievements for 2008 and 2009. To submit, for information, examples, and a form, please go to the Kendall Center website. Please make the editors happy, earn good Karma, and follow the style guide included there. Deadline to submit is February 19th.

January Reading Groups

The Kendall Center will be sponsoring two January Reading groups. The first will be "Blessed UnRest" by Paul Hawken, led by Michele Koomen. The group will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27 in Linner Lounge from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The second is, "Meditation As Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love" by Arthur Zajonc, led by William Freiert. Dates/times TBA. If you are interested in participating in these group(s), please contact the Kendall Center.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

On January 7, Colleen Jacks, the chair of the Personnel Committee this year, will run a special new faculty orientation session on personnel reviews, tenure, and promotion at Gustavus. We'll provide lunch coupons for the Marketplace at 12:30 p.m. and then the meeting/conversation will begin at 1 p.m (until 2 p.m.) in the Heritage Room. Please bring your questions or concerns about the review process to this confidential conversation.

Faculty Workshop - "Students and Alcohol"

One of out three college students will at some point in his or her career meet the criteria for alcohol abuse. These are our students and advisees. The KNEAD program helps faculty members to identify potential high risk drinkers, to engage in productive discussions, and to direct them to available resources both on- and off-campus. Join us on January 20th for this faculty workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. in the the St. Peter Room.

Teachers Talking - "ELL Students"

Katy Young will lead a discussion of practical advice for helping ELL students on Thursday, January 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room (PDR) Free lunch. Good conversation.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

Bob Weisenfeld, Assistant Vice President for Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Thia Cooper, past Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, will host a special tenure-track only session on grants. Bob will talk about external opportunities, and ways his office can help; Thia will talk about internal opportunities, like the Research, Scholarship, and Creativity grant, and how and when to apply. Program runs on Thursday, February 11th in the Board Room from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Chili Cook-Off

All faculty, please plan to attend the most tasty event of the year and see if you can dethrone the Biology's award-winning culinary creation from last year. What to do? Please cook up a pot of your favorite chili, enough to share. No time to cook? Come anyway, there always is plenty for all. The Chili Cook-off will be held Friday, February 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center.

RSC Grants Due February 12th

Just a reminder that RSC grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, February 12th, 2010.

Teachers Talking Writing

Join us at the buffet on Tuesday, February 16th, at 11:30 or 12:30 p.m. and then meet in the St. Peter Room. Free lunch, good conversation.

"The Liberal Arts and Counting"

Save the Date: "The Liberal Arts and Counting", A Symposium with Deborah Goodwin, Max, Hailperin, Lisa Heldke, Doug Huff, and Brian Johnson. Co-sponsored by the Hanson-Peterson Chair and the Sponberg Chair. This wine and cheese program, on February 17th, runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Interpretive Center.

New Faculty Orientation Session

On February 18, Rachel Slater will lead a discussion on "Dealing with the emotional responses on students in an academic setting." Program runs from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. on the St. Peter Room.

SoTL lunch meetings for participants

The next SoTL Working Lunch will be held on Friday, February 19 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Sign in at the buffet and join us in the St. Peter Room for a lively and informative conversation.

Teachers Talking Technology

The next Teachers Talking Technology will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd. Programs runs from 11:30 to 12:20 and again at 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the St. Peter Room. Free lunch. Good Conversation.

Teachers Talking on Problem Based Learning

Join Barbara Kaiser, Jon Grinnell, and Julie Bartley on February 25, for a discussion on Problem Based Learning. Program runs from 11:30 to 12:20 and again at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Peter Room. Free lunch. Good conversation.

Presidential Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants due Feb. 26th

Just a reminder that the Presidential Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, February 26th, 2010.

About the newsletter

This is an e-mail newsletter from the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. If you prefer not to receive future issues of this newsletter, please send an e-mail to cblaukat@gustavus.edu with your e-mail address and name.