Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Kendall Center

The Kendall Center continues to grow and evolve. In spring 2008, the Center was re-organized to better serve the professional needs of Gustavus faculty. This year, three Faculty Associates join the director to continue existing and develop new opportunities for faculty to enhance their teaching and scholarly and creative work, please click "more" link.

Thank You!

Thanks to all who participated in this year's Faculty Development Day, focused on incorporating what we've learned about first-year students from the College's participation in the Wabash study. Thanks to faculty, staff, and administrators who assisted in new faculty orientation events this past week, and who have agreed to serve as mentors for new tenure-track faculty this coming year. And thanks to all for your continued support of the Kendall Center, and your ideas and suggestions.

First Friday Faculty Social

All faculty are invited to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the President's Home. Get to know new faculty, reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate the start of the new year. Refreshments provided. Hosted by President Jack and Kris Ohle, the Office of the Provost, and the Kendall Center.

New Faculty Orientation Sessions

The first monthly Orientation Sessions for new faculty will be held on September 11th and 25th from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Free lunch at the Buffet, 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. Click "more" to see the entire monthly sessions schedule.

Teachers Talking - Chinese Lessons

There will be an evening Teachers Talking on Monday, September 15. The conversation will focus on the reading-in-common book, Chinese Lessons, and will occur over dinner from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m. that same evening, author John Pomfret delivers a lecture for the community. Please join colleagues for good conversation, even if you haven't finished the book. Yet.

Teachers Talking - "College 101"

Join Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Mary E. Morton for a conversation about academic issues and trends in higher education on September 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. (wine and appetizers) and again on September 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. Both sessions are scheduled to meet in the St. Peter Room. Click the "more" link.

Teachers Talking on Classroom Space

There will be a Teachers Talking on Classroom Space, on Tuesday, September 23 in Linner Lounge. Join Lee Anderson, of Anderson Architectural Services, for a conversation about classroom space used on campus;what spaces work, what spaces don't for classes? What do faculty need and/or want in a classroom? Lunchtime sessions from 11:30 to 1:20 p.m., as well as an afternoon session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. should allow opportunities for faculty to better participate in the discussion.

Teachers Talking Technology

Join us on Tuesday, September 30 for the first Teachers Talking Technology of the year. The topic will be: Using Google Apps for Class Activities. There will be an overview of all of the Google Apps and their availability on the campus network followed by a more focused discussion of the uses of the calendar application for class work. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or again at 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Increase in Travel Funds

We're happy to notify you about an increase in professional travel funding, effective this fiscal year (June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009). Eligible faculty may now apply for up to $700 if presenting at a professional conference in their disciplinary field/s. This is an increase of $100.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Groups now forming! Three groups will form early this fall to work on SoTL projects. One group will read Kathleen McKinney's Enhancing Learning through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The Joys and Challenges of Juggling. A second group will consist of individuals who are implementing SoTL projects. The third group is working on writing up their SoTL projects for presentation/publication. Please contact Margaret Bloch-Qazi if you have questions or would like to participate.

Undergraduate Research

We're gearing up for a greater emphasis on student research, scholarship, and creative work. Please help us publicize and celebrate the work our students are doing in classrooms, in laboratories, in studios, in the library, in the field…. Contact Brandy Russell (x6160, brussell) if you have events for the calendar, stories about student work, or ideas about how the Kendall Center can support student research, scholarship, and creative work. Please click "more" to see what is coming soon.

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Winter 2008 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Friday, October 10, 2008. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals. please click "more" for further information.

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.