Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

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, is hosting monthly Writing Retreats. Faculty can sign up for a full day — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - devoted to writing. We'll provide breakfast and lunch. Retreats will be held in the Board Room on: Sunday, February 17, Saturday, March 16, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, May 19.

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant

The deadline for the Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant is Monday, February 11. More information on these funding opportunities can be found here.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure track only)

Join us on February 12 for a New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure track only). The topic will be: Applying for internal and external grants — a session on how to apply for the full range of internal and external grant opportunities. Presenter: Representative of the Faculty Development Committee with Bob Weisenfeld and Lisa Wojcik from the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Board Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Teachers Talking - one session only at 11:30 am

Join us on Thursday, February 14 for Teachers Talking: The Heart of Gustavus' Liberal Arts. While an interdisciplinary approach to understand the world is an essential feature of the liberal arts, is it sufficient? Do we also expect our students to be prepared for civic engagement, professional achievement, and/or an interest in lifelong learning? If we do, how does a Gustavus liberal arts education prepare them for this?

The 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 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 also will be available.

Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant

The deadline for the Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant is Monday, February 18. More information on this can be found here.

Teachers Talking Technology

Join us for Teachers Talking Technology on Tuesday, February 19. Program runs 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, meeting in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on February 21 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. The topic will be: Checking-in — Paul Saulnier. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Faculty Shop Talk

Mark Bjelland (Geography) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, February 22. His talk entitled, "Sustainable for Whom? Density, Family Life, and Commuting in the Greenest City in the World" 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 here.

Teachers Talking Wellbeing - Fabruary 26

In September 2011 a campus-wide Wellbeing Task Force met to review and advance recommendations made by a 2008 health and wellness working group convened by the Provost Office. The Wellbeing Task Force completed its work in February 2012 and made recommendations to the President's Cabinet for the continued development and implementation of a comprehensive, campus-wide mission-centric wellbeing program focused primarily on students with opportunities for faculty, staff, and alumni.

Bruce Gray's "Black and Bold" Book Discussion

The Provost Office and the Kendall Center are delighted to invite Gustavus faculty for a discussion with Bruce Gray about his book, Black and Bold. Join us on Wednesday, February 27 in the St Peter Room from 3 to 5:30 pm, wine and cheese will be provided. The Kendall Center has purchased two copies of his book and has put them on reserve at the library for faculty to read. His book is also on sale at the Book Mark.

Teachers Talking - February 28

Topic: student misuse of online sources on homework. In many disciplines, homework is one of the critical ways that students learn course material. With the increased sophistication and support provided by textbook publishers, questions have arisen for instructors who traditionally assign homework problems from textbooks. How does an instructor best navigate through courses in which students can easily look up the answers to all of the homework in their textbook?

Sabbatical Leave

The deadline for Sabbatical Leave is Monday, March 11. More information on this funding opportunity can be found here.

Webinar on ADA in the Classroom

Please join the staff of Disability Services, the Advising Center and the Provosts for a webinar on ADA in the Classroom. It will be held on February 6th from 1:00-2:30 in the Rundquist room at the Campus Center. RSVP to Laurie L. Bickett, lbickett@gustavus.edu by Friday, February 1st if you would like to attend. We would love to have you join us.

Conference on Innovative Pedagogy and Course Redesign

The Center for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University is hosting its 12th Annual Conference on Innovative Pedagogy and Course Redesign (May 29 — 31, 2013).

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