Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Teachers Talking:Universal Design for Instruction

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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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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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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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.

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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Teachers Talking: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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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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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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SoTL Grants - deadline January 27

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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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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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. The Cook-off will be held Friday, February 10 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.

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