Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Celebration of Creative Inquiry: deadline to submit abstract April 6

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 Friday, May 4th and will feature student poster presentations. Faculty, please invite and encourage all Gustavus students engaged in creative inquiry to participate. Please visit the Kendall Center website for Abstract submission form and instructions. Abstract deadline is April 6, 2012.
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Teachers Talking Technology

Join us on Tuesday, April 17 for Teachers Talking Technology. The topic is "Increasing Department and Program Visibility Online" and will be presented by Joel Carlin (Bio/EnvStudies) and Dwight Stoll (Chem). Program runs at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Teachers Talking Writing

Join us for Teachers Talking Writing on Wednesday, April 18. 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

Join us on April 19 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Know everything but still want lunch? As we near the end of the semester, we'd like to invite you to a no-agenda new faculty orientation lunch. We'll be there to answer questions if you have any, and give you reminders of some events that occur in the last month of the academic year, but other than that, just come over for lunch. Relax. Enjoy talking with colleagues you've come to know over this year. Celebrate your successes.
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New Faculty Mentoring Partners Program

There will be a New Faculty Mentoring Partners Program wine and cheese social on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 for faculty mentors and new faculty mentees participating in this program. This is a great chance to gather as a group and share stories with other first, second, or third year faculty, as well as with their faculty mentors. The social will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the St Peter Room and both mentors and mentees are invited. Mark your calendars. We hope to see you there!

Teachers Talking

Join us for Teachers Talking: Successes in the class/lab/stage on Thursday, April 26. Come share your teaching successes! Perhaps it was a new rubric, approach to class discussion, service learning assignment or activity to engage students with course material. Whatever the activity, come share what you did with your colleagues and reflect on why you thought it was successful with your students.
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Congratulations to Mini Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Julie Gilbert and Barbara Fister who have been awarded a Department Teaching and Learning Mini Grant to examine student use of and attitudes about ebooks. Congratulations to Aaron Banks who has been awarded a Teaching and Learning Individual Mini Grant to participate in the Middle School and High School SPARK Summer Institute training.

Open Faculty Associate Positions

The Kendall Center is looking to appoint two Faculty Associates, each for a three year term, starting in Fall 2012: the Faculty Associate for New Faculty Programming and the Faculty Associate for Evidence-Based Teaching. To indicate your interest in one of the positions, please send a brief statement of your interest and relevant experiences to the Kendall Center director, Margaret Bloch-Qazi (mqazi@gustavus.edu), by Monday, 16 April. Appointment recommendations will be made to the Provost 23 April.
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Faculty-Instruction Support Grant

Established in 2012, this grant supports faculty in the process of learning about collections relevant to course content and developing assignments using primary sources found in the College and Lutheran Church Archives at Gustavus Adolphus College. The goal of the grant is to encourage faculty and student use of the archives and provide students with hands-on research activities with primary source materials.
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Currents in Teaching & Learning - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Currents invites submissions for its Fall 2012 issue. please click "more" for more information.
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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.