Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Faculty Development Day Faculty Development Day - Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Faculty Development Day and new faculty orientation. A special thank you to those colleagues who facilitated sessions and shared their experiences and expertise. Your contributions and involvement are appreciated.

First Friday Faculty Social

All faculty are invited to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 7th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Johns Family Courtyard (Courtyard Cafe if rain). Get to know new faculty and reconnect with colleagues. Refreshments provided. Hope to see you there!

Increase in Travel Funds

We're happy to notify you about an increase in professional travel funding, effective this fiscal year (June 1, 2007 through May 31, 2008). Eligible faculty now may apply for up to $600 if presenting at a professional conference in the disciplinary field/s and faculty presenting at an international conference now may apply for up to $500 additional. Faculty attending a conference are eligible to apply for $500.

Teachers Talking

The first Teachers Talking of the new academic year will be held on Thursday, September 20th. All Teachers Talking are held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or again at 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. Three Crowns Buffet, free lunch then meet in the St. Peter Room. This month's topic is a book discussion; Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracey Kidder.

Bush Mini-Grant Funds Available

In order to make the best use of funds remaining in the Bush Foundation faculty development grant, we are accepting applications for individual, departmental, and mid-career and senior mini-grants. Funding for projects is only available through December 31, 2007. For more information, see the Kendall Center Website or contact Laura Behling or Jennifer Ackil, Co-Directors.

New Faculty Orientation Sessions

The monthly Orientation Sessions for new faculty will be held on September 13th and September 27th. All sessions are held on Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Free lunch at the Buffet and then meet in the St. Peter Room. All new faculty members are expected to attend orientation sessions throughout the academic year. Each session has a discussion topic and one or more faculty facilitator, to provide an opportunity to share information about the issues of primary importance to new faculty.

Faculty Development Opportunities booklet

A Faculty Development Opportunities booklet was given out at Faculty Development Day. If you didn't receive a copy and would like one, please send an email to cblaukat, in the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning.

Get your Mug!!

If you haven't already received a John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning free coffee mug, please stop by the office, Social Science Center Rm 119, and pick one up.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop

Michael Smith, Ithaca College, and Trish Ferrett, Carleton College, will present a workshop: Fit for Public Consumption: Strategies for Sharing Your Studies on Learning on Friday, November 2nd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the St. Peter room. This workshop, a part of the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) initiative, is supported by funding from the Bush Grant.

Collaboration Conference

The Collaboration will hold its next professional development conference on November 16-17, 2007 in Bloomington, MN. The topic is Promoting Deep Learning: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity, Creativity, and Engagement in College. Early Bird registration deadline is October 23rd. For more information go to www.collab.org.

Faculty Resource Network at New York University

The Faculty Resource Network's winter programs application is now available! This year's series of one-week seminars will run concurrently from Wednesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 13, 2008. To apply for participation in a Network Winter 2008 seminar and for more information about the program, please visit the website at http://www.nyu.edu/frn/programs.events/enrichment/network.winter.seminar.html. The application deadline for Network Winter 2008 is Friday, September 14, 2007.

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.