Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

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.

New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure track only)

Join us on January 17 for a New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure track only). The topic will be: Maximizing the benefit of a visiting position — a discussion of strategies for making the most of a visiting position in the furthering of one's career. Presenter: Matt Panciera. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure track only)

Join us on January 31 for a New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure track only). The topic will be: Tenure review process at Gustavus — an overview of the tenure review procedure at Gustavus. Presenter: Michele Rusinko. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Presidents Dining Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

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.

Faculty 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 here.

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.

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.

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.