Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

NEW: Curriculum Initiative Grants

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is pleased to introduce a special initiative available to eligible faculty to design a new semester-long course or substantially re-design an existing semester-long course targeting one of the following two strategic initiatives: Leadership and International and Cultural Competence. Please visit the Kendall Center website or click "more" for further information.

SoTL Shop Talk event

Margaret Bloch Qazi (Biology/SOTL coordinator), Brenda Kelly (Chemistry), and Leila Brammer (Communication Studies) will present SOTL Projects -- Innovations in the Biochemistry Laboratory Curriculum and Public Discourse and civic engagement: The introductory communication course as training for citizenship at the next Shop Talk. Please join them on April 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm in the Interpretive Center. click more to view the abstract.

Teachers Talking Technology

Tuesday, May 6th, Using Personal Response Systems (Clickers) in the Classroom. Teachers Talking Technology runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the Three Crowns Buffet; just sign in. Good conversation. Free lunch.

Celebration of Creative Inquiry

The Celebration of Creative Inquiry is a new, campus-wide forum to publicly share the creative inquiry of students from Gustavus Adolphus College. The Celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Campus Center on Friday, May 2nd, and will feature student poster presentations (or other similar presentations as appropriate). "Creative inquiry" is an intentionally broad term that encompasses research and scholarship including, in the arts, exhibits or performances.

Faculty Achievements: THANK YOU!

Thank you to all faculty who submitted their professional work to the inaugural issue of Gustavus Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creativity 2006 & 2007 (note, we've changed the title). We were delighted to receive entries from more than 100 faculty across the College.

Celebration of Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creativity

Please join faculty colleagues for a Celebration of Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creativity on Friday, May 16th from 4 to 6 p.m. A short program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Copies of the publication detailing faculty achievements, Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creativity 2006-2007, will be available. Refreshments provided. Hope to see you there!

Reading in Common: Get your Copy! Book Giveaway

The first year reading in common book has been announced: John Pomfret's Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. To enable all faculty members to participate in the campus conversation, we will be offering a free book for any faculty member who would like one. This will be a future Teachers Talking event. Please email your request to the Kendall Center's administrative assistant, Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gac.edu).

Submit your Faculty Travel Receipts and Requests

Please assist us in administering the faculty professional travel funds by submitting your receipts for completed travel at your earliest convenience. The end of the fiscal year is May 31st. And if you are planning a trip, please submit your application as early as possible. Forms and guidelines for travel funds are available online on the Kendall Center website. Thank you

We got adjectives! Thank you, Jeff Stocco

Career Center Director, Jeff Stocco, led a great workshop aimed at sharing best practices when writing letters of recommendations. We quickly ran out of the very helpful, Writing Recommendation Letters: A Faculty Handbook. However, we have one copy on reserve in the Kendall Center for faculty to check out. Stop by or e-mail Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@fgac.edu) if you'd like to borrow this book.

Fulbright Materials Available

If any faculty were unable to attend the Fulbright Scholar Workshop in April but would like a copy of their grants, please contact cblaukat and a copy will sent to you through campus mail.

Update your Kendall Center website bookmark

The Kendall Center URL has changed to the more appropriate and logical: http://gustavus.edu/kendallcenter/ Be sure to update the bookmark for this website.

Parallel Journaling: Students and Teachers in a Classroom Assessment Experiment

The article Parallel Journaling: Students and Teachers in a Classroom Assessment Experiment looks at an interesting approach to improving teaching and learning. It is by Nicole Howard, assistant Professor of history at the California State University, East Bay in Haward, CA and can be found in the Tomorrow's Professor newsletter.

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.