Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

Bob Weisenfeld, Assistant Vice President for Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Suzanne Wilson and Mary Gaebler, of the Faculty Development Committee, will host a special tenure-track only session on grants on Thursday, February 10. Bob will talk about external opportunities, and ways his office can help; Suzanne and/or Mary will talk about internal opportunities, like the Research, Scholarship, and Creativity grant, and how and when to apply.

The Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting is back!

All faculty, please plan to attend the most tasty event of the 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.T he Cook-off will be held Friday, February 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. As usual, Schell's Brewery has graciously agreed to provide the beer; non-alcoholic beverages also will be available.

Teachers Talking

The topic for the Wednesday, February 16 Teachers Talking is Department and Program Assessment Plans. This session is an opportunity for department and program representatives, and any other interested faculty, to ask questions and share ideas about their assessment plans. The conversation will be facilitated by Carolyn Dobler, Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Co-Chair. Program runs at 11:30 and at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in St Peter Room.

Teachers Talking Technology - Going public: student contributions to Wikipedia

Our students seek quickly-accessible sources of information. Because of this need we developed two projects requiring students to communicate topics related to plant or insect biology using Wikipedia. As a result of these projects, students realized how poorly some topics were covered, composed and posted new entries, and expressed pride in their final products — because they were in the public domain.

New Faculty Orientation Session

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, February 24 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the St. Peter Room. Topic: checking in. As always, free lunch at the Three Crowns buffet.

Presentation, "Engaging College Men in Experiential Learning"

Gustavus has been part of a unique national program addressing the documented imbalance of college men in study abroad, internships, service-learning, community service and other experiential learning opportunities. The results have just been published in a new book, "Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and Why." Please join special guests, Dr. Miles Groth and Dr. Gar Kellom, for a presentation titled "Engaging College Men in Experiential Learning" followed by a conversation.

Moodle Users Group (MUG)

Not a Moodle user, but would like to be? Or are you familiar with Moodle, but would like to explore more of what it has to offer? Would you like to know how your colleagues are using Moodle in their classrooms? Do you have Moodle ideas that you would be willing to share with others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Moodle Users Group (MUG) is for you. click "more" for further information.

Teachers Talking: 'The Inverted Classroom'

Join us on Thursday, March 3 for a presentation by Dr. Darin J. Ulness and Patti Heisler (Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department and Neuroscience Program, Instructional Designer/Academic Technologist, respectively; Concordia College, Moorhead) followed by discussion. Program runs at 11:30 and at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in St Peter Room.

Celebration of Creative Inquiry

The Celebration of Creative Inquiry is a campus-wide forum to publicly share the creative inquiry of students from Gustavus Adolphus College. The Celebration will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center on Friday, May 6 the day before Honors Day, and will feature student poster presentations (or other similar presentations as appropriate). "Creative inquiry" is an intentionally broad term that encompasses research and scholarship including, in the arts, exhibits or performances.

Grant Due Dates

Just a reminder that RSC grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, February 11th, 2011. Presidential Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, February 25th, 2011. Sabbatical Grants are due in the Kendall Center office on Friday, March 11, 2011.

New Book Available - The Heart of Higher Education

Arthur Zajonc and Parker J Palmer's book, The Heart of Higher Education has recently been purchased by the Kendall Center and is available for check-out thru the Gustavus Library. For a complete list of books available int eh Kendall Center library collection please visit the Kendall Center website under Library Resources.

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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