Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

GTS hands-on, technology training sessions

Gustavus Technology Services is pleased to announce the availability of free, hands-on, technology training sessions for faculty and staff. These training sessions will be in small groups held in the Olin Technology Classroom (Room 124B) beginning at 9:00 am and lasting about an hour. They are aimed at all different skill levels so all are welcome. Our goal is to make you feel more comfortable using technology, software and other online resources. click "MORE" for details

Faculty Achievements Publication - Due Feb. 19th

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.

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.

"Preparing for the Post-Course Era" Conference

When educators discuss "high impact" experiences from which students benefit, more and more of the action takes place out of the classroom. Students are increasingly seen as learning the most from the connections they make between courses and academic programs, and also from internships, study abroad, undergraduate research and more. click "MORE" for further information.

"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

Using podcasts? Me? In my classroom? Never! Well, think again! Interest in podcasting at Gustavus has exploded this past year among faculty and students alike. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, come hear Heidi Meyer and Joyce Aarsvold discuss how the Nursing Department, as well as other departments, are currently using this available technology in teaching, research and student learning. Potential uses of this available technology for future courses will be discussed as well.

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.

Grants Due

Just a reminder that RSC grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, February 12th, 2010. Presidential Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, February 26th, 2010.

Teachers Talking Writing - "Writing Assignments That Work"

Join Writing Center Director Rebecca Fremo and members of the Writing Center staff as they discuss the challenges of creating good writing assignments. The tutors will offer their perspectives based on their experiences helping students decipher their professors' writing prompts, and we'll talk about the elements that make a writing assignment both clear and challenging for students. Tuesday, March 9th, at 11:30 or 12:30 p.m. Free lunch, good conversation.

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