Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

SoTL Grants Available

Excellent teaching is serious, scholarly work. In order to support the resources required to address student learning in a scholarly manner, The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is pleased to introduce Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants. The initiative provides support for faculty to develop, implement and assess a pedagogical approach intended to address a specific challenge to student learning. For a complete description of the grants, please click 'more'
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Exploring Methods for Measuring Student Learning Workshop

This workshop explores a variety of existing methods of course assessment. We will meet in the library e-classroom to provide an opportunity for each participant to investigate different techniques. Please bring questions you have related to a specific assessment project, relevant course materials and any rubrics or other measures you are considering. Participants will leave with concrete plans for course and specific assignment assessment.
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Tea & Treats: What to do when it doesn't work

Join us on Tuesday, January 24 for Tea and Treats: What to do when it doesn't work: addressing fundamental problems in class organization or assignment design. Have you ever had a 'perfect' idea for teaching that, when put into practice, flopped? In this informal workshop, we will share when and how we knew that our ideas weren't working and explore ways to address these challenging situations - even turning them into teachable-moments!
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Tea & Treats: How to foster basic habits of scholarly inquiry in students

Join us on Tuesday, January 17 for Tea and Treats: How to foster basic habits of scholarly inquiry in students. Come and talk about how to help students new to academic standards understand how to frame questions (rather than merely choose a topic and gather information), how to understand who is involved in conversations relevant to that question, how to choose the best sources, and how to use them effectively.
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Tea & Treats: Visions of a new Faculty Development Center

Join us on Tuesday, January 10 for Tea and Treats: Visions of a new Faculty Development Center. Do visions of an expanded faculty development center dance in your head? We seek faculty input on a new and expanded John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning in the renovated SSC building.
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Tea & Treats: End of the Semester Evaluations

Join us on Monday, January 9: End of the Semester Evaluations - what do you ask students, how do you ask it and what can you do with the information? In this informal workshop, you will be able to: see models of end of semester evaluations provided by a variety of faculty, get feedback on or revise your own end of the semester evaluations, and talk with colleagues about how they use the information acquired from student evaluations.
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Teachers Talking: Identifying metatopics for a new Scholars Speaking series

Join us on Thursday, January 26 for Teachers Talking: Identifying metatopics for a new Scholars Speaking series. A new program, called Scholars Speaking, will offer a venue for collaborating faculty-student scholars to present and discuss topics of interest with other faculty and students across disciplinary boundaries. The goal of this Teachers Talking session will be to identify common themes (i.e. meta-topics) to serve as a basis for these exciting new faculty-student conversations.
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Teachers Talking with the Counseling Center

Join us on Thursday, January 19 for Teachers Talking with the Counseling Center. The counseling center staff invites you to join them for an hour of questions and discussion. They will come prepared to discuss some mental health concerns that they believe may be common in our classrooms, but will be most interested in joining us in a discussion about what we observe and what we think is relevant to explore. Program runs 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, St. Peter Room.
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Teachers Talking Strategies for Continuing your Scholarship While Teaching

Join us on Thursday, January 12 for Teachers Talking: Strategies for Continuing your Scholarship While Teaching. How do you maintain a balance between prepping for classes and maintaining your scholarship? Does this look different during the semester and during breaks? Hear how some faculty balance teaching and scholarship and share your ideas. Program runs 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Three Crowns Buffet with lunch and conversation in the Heritage Room.

Teachers Talking: Universal Design for Instruction follow-up

Join us on Thursday, January 5th for Teachers Talking: reflections and next steps with Universal Design for Instruction. Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) is an approach to curriculum development that anticipates students' diverse approaches to learning without compromising academic rigor. This session follows up on the Faculty Development Day presentation on UDI. Come and share your ideas about UDI.
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Reading Group: "Healing the Heart of Democracy"

All faculty and staff are invited to join a reading/discussion group of Parker Palmer's new book, "Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage To Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit." Co-sponsored by the new Center for Servant-Leadership and the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. Please click "more" for further details.
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Reading Group: "How Learning Works"

How do people learn? How can we apply what is known about learning to be more effective educators? Faculty are invited to participate in a discussion of "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching." please click :more: for further details.
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New Faculty Orientation Session

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, December 1 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the Phi Beta Kappa room 107, Confer-Vickner building. Topic: Course Evaluations, led by Paul Saulnier. Free lunch provided.

Special Teachers Talking & New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Tuesday, December 6 for a Teachers Talking and New Faculty Orientation Session: Interdisciplinary Programs. Interdisciplinarity is an integrative and cross-disciplinary approach to learn about the world. Students at Gustavus Adolphus have multiple opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary educational experiences including majors, minors and study abroad experiences. Come learn about some of these programs and meet/reconnect with colleagues involved in them.
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Faculty Achievements Publication - submit now!

As a way to promote and celebrate the professional scholarly, research, and creative accomplishments of the faculty, The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is publishing the third issue of Faculty Achievements. This edition will collect and celebrate the scholarship, research, and creative work presented, published, or awarded to faculty during January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.Please visit the Kendal Center website to submit your achievements by February 17, 2012.
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December Shop Talk

David Obermiller will present "Submissive" and "Docile" Okinawans and their Resistance to the US Occupation on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm in the Interpretive Center. click "more" to view the abstract.
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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.