Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Faculty Shop Talk

Anna Versluis (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Programs) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, December 7. Her talk entitled, "Formal and familial material aid following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at, http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.

January Reading Group: "Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us"

What motivates us? Reward & punishment or something else? In Drive, Daniel Pink argues that motivation and performance are critically influenced by elements such as autonomy, mastery and purpose. Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in the Faculty/Staff Lounge/Center. Books will be provided to the first ten individuals to register. To reserve a place and receive a book, please register with Cathy Blaukat by Monday, 24 December.

January Reading Group: "Helping College Students Find Purpose"

All faculty and staff and are invited to join a reading/discussion group during January, around Robert Nash and Michele Murray's book, Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making. The group will meet each Tuesday throughout the month at 3:30 in the Faculty-Staff Center/Lounge, in the Jackson Campus Center.

Teachers Talking & New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Tuesday, December 11th for a joint Teachers Talking and New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: 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.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, December 13 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Supporting Student Engagement with Challenging Classroom Topics.

Spring Writing Retreats

Locate your sources, charge your batteries, and sharpen your pencils! This spring the Kendall Center, in collaboration with the Provost's Office, will host a series of monthly writing retreats. Interested faculty can sign up for a full day — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - devoted to writing. We'll provide breakfast and lunch — you provide the inspiration. click more for further info.

Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting

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 15 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 will also be available.

Updated Assessment Website!

The assessment website has been updated and includes resources for program assessments, student learning gains, and student evaluations. This website will be regularly updated with relevant resources. Any questions and/or suggestions for this website should be directed to Dan Moos (dmoos@gustavus.edu), Faculty Associate for Evidenced Based Learning.

Spring Semester: Facultu Shop Talk

Faculty Shop Talk will resume February 22 when Mark Bjelland presents "Sustainable for Whom? Density, Family Life, and Commuting in the Greenest City in the World" at 4:30 pm in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at, http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.

Off Campus Course Development Grants

Off Campus Course Development Grants -- The Center for Christian Thought is offering Course Development Grant for Psychology and Spiritual Formation. Visit cct.biola.edu for more information

2013 Academy for CBL

Are you interested in connecting with campus and regional colleagues to learn how their community-engaged scholarship is enhancing their academic vitality and contributing to the public good? Want to learn how your own engagement and scholarship interests can do the same? If so, the Center for Servant Leadership is currently accepting applications for the February 6-8, 2013 Academy for Community-Based Learning entitled "Service-Learning and Beyond: Preparing for the Scholarship of Engagement."

Deadline for CUR Dialogues

The early registration deadline for CUR Dialogues is quickly approaching! Register on or before December 7, 2012 to receive discounted registration. Please got to CUR website to find out more information about the conference, or to register. Additional questions may be directed to MeLisa Zackery at mzackery@cur.org.

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.