Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, February 9 (tenure-track only) from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Bob Weisenfeld, Assistant Vice President for Foundation and Corporate Relations and 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; we will also talk about internal opportunities, like the Research, Scholarship, and Creativity grant, and how and when to apply.

Chili Cook-off and Beer Tasting - Feb 10th

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.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, February 16 for Teachers Talking: What Research with Students Looks Like in My Discipline. Join colleagues to discuss how faculty involve students both in and out of the classroom in their research, scholarship and creativity. Facilitated by Tom Huber, Kendall Center Faculty Associate for Undergraduate Research Program runs at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.


"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. How might the space be organized to support faculty development and engaged student learning? For example, what functions could the space support and how would you most likely use the space? Please … dream big and share your ideas!

Teachers Talking Technology: Social Media

Want to incorporate social media into the classroom? Want to discover some techniques, exercises and common problems with Facebook and Twitter in an educational setting? On Tuesday, February 21 Sean Cobb will discuss a range of issues, such as privacy and college-wide policy on social media, Plus hear about actual uses of social media both inside and outside the classroom. Program runs at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session - Feb 23

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, February 23 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Topic: Checking in, led by Paul Saulnier. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room

Faculty Achievements Publication - Deadline to Apply Feb 17

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. Only work that has appeared or been awarded during this time should be submitted.

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant & Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant

The College offers several funding opportunities that assist faculty in their research, scholarship, and creative work, and their curriculum and pedagogy enhancement. The deadlines for these funding opportunities are as follows: Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant: February 10, 2012; Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant: February 24, 2012. More information on these funding opportunities, including submission guidelines, can be found Kendall Center website.

SoTL Grant Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the following recipients of grants supporting excellence in teaching through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL Fellows): Rebecca Fremo, English, Project "Enhancing the revision practices of multilingual students via First Term Seminar" Heidi Meyer, Nursing, Project "Bringing SimLab into the classroom: Using high-fidelity simulation scenarios as an interactive classroom teaching strategy" and Amy Vizenor, Education, Project "Using Thinking Maps to support diverse students."

New Funding Opportunity: Curriculum Development and Revitalization Grants

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is offering support for faculty designing a new semester-long course, or substantially re-designing an existing semester-long course, to reflect a global, multicultural, or interdisciplinary curriculum (as identified in the Academic Strategic Plan, April 2010). Please see grant guidelines and timeline on the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning website.

Understanding Gustavus: Exploring Its Lutheran Identity

Gustavus' guiding vision has been shaped by its Lutheran tradition. The purpose of this three-part series is to seek to understand it more fully. The presentations are designed for faculty and administrators who make decisions about programs and/or influence students. Each session will explore one basic characteristic of the Lutheran Heritage and its influence on Gustavus.

New Issue of International Journal - SoTL

The new issue of International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning is available online. Authors are from Australia, Canada, UK and the United States. The 5th annual SoTL Commons Conference will be on March 7-9, 2012 at Georgia Southern University. Click here for more information.

Submit to Currents in Teaching and Learning

Submit to Currents in Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars in higher education across the disciplines. The Spring submission deadline is February 15, 2012 and the submission deadline for our Fall 2012 issue, is April 15th, 2012.

Seminars @ Calvin - Application Deadline Approaching

Give some thought to joining a summer seminar here at Calvin College. For the past 16 seasons, they have been running these live-in sessions on topics of high interest, convened by the best and brightest of the Christian academy.

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