Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

New Faculty Orientation Session

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, December 2, from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. at Phi Beta Kappa Room in the Confer-Vickner building. Lunch will be delivered there. Topic: Course evaluations led by Paul Saulnier.
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2010-2011 Gustavus Technology Training Classes

Gustavus Technology Services is pleased to announce the return 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 dates/topics.
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Special Teachers Talking & New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on December 7, 2010 for a Special Teachers Talking/New Faculty Orientation Session on Interdisciplinary Programs: What are they? How do they work? How can you get involved? Faculty involved with a variety of programs will be available to discuss their experiences in working at the intersections and contributing to the curriculum beyond their department. Program runs at 11:30 and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning) Lunch

Join us for the last SoTL lunch of the semester at 11:30 or 12:30 on Friday, December 10. Come talk with your colleagues about student learning in the classroom over the past semester. We'll use our time together to discuss issues and insights you found in your classroom, as well as brainstorm possible ways of studying those issues. All are welcome, even if you are not planning a SoTL project in the near future. Free lunch at the Three Crowns buffet then meet in St Peter Room.

January Reading Groups

Is there a book related to teaching, learning, or scholarship that you would like to discuss with colleagues? Would you like to get together to discuss articles over coffee? The Kendall Center will support up to three reading groups this January by funding materials and refreshments. Interested? Send an e-mail to Margaret Bloch Qazi, mqazi@gustavus.edu by December 10th with information about what you would like to read, how it relates to faculty development and who might be interested in participating.

Workshop Opportunity: Designing Courses for Significant Learning

Workshop, "Designing Courses for Significant Learning" teaches participants how to design their courses in a way that leads to greater student engagement and better student learning. The workshop lasts 2½ days, starting Friday morning and ending on Sunday at noon. click "more" for further information.
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Conference: Expanding the Circle Conference 2011

Conference: Expanding the Circle Conference 2011 is designed for faculty, student life professionals, chaplains, faculty development specialists, academic administrators, campus counselors, and graduate students. click "more" for further information.
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Workshop Opportunity: Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues

Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues Conference for faculty at all career stages, undergraduate research directors, grants administrators, development officers. CUR Dialogues is designed to bring faculty and administrators to Washington, D.C. to interact with federal agency program officers and other grant funders. click "more" for further information.
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Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation for Undergraduates

On Wednesday, 10 November, more than twenty faculty from across campus participated in a workshop on writing letters of recommendation. Jeff Stocco, Terry Morrow, and Alisa Rosenthal shared information about writing letters of recommendation for medical school, graduate programs, law school and fellowships, respectively. Many thanks to the presenters for an informative presentation and to faculty for sharing their questions-experiences. To see a podcast of the first portion of the workshop, click "more"
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Students Experiencing Financial Stress

For Teachers Talking Student Financial Stress (3 November), we met over lunch to learn about the financial challenges some of our students face, share experiences they'd had with students, and to explore practical solutions to support students. An abbreviated list of student issues associated with financial stress and some accessible things faculty can do to provide support, please see the attached document "Student Financial Stress".
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Supporting our ELL Students

The ELL/Generation 1.5 Action Committee has created a brochure listing ways that instructors can support their ELL student's learning. It can be accessed from the Kendall Center website.

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.