Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

APPLY NOW!! Workshop - How Information Works: Publishing, Libraries, and the Digital Future

All faculty are invited to participate in a special workshop, during January, 2009: "How Information Works: Publishing, Libraries, and the Digital Future." This workshop, led by Barbara Fister, will introduce to faculty new databases and web tools for use in classes, provide time for faculty to talk with each other about common assigned readings and about using digital information in courses and assignments, and learn about publishing, open access, and copyright issues. Please click "more" for info.

Special Teachers Talking/New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us Thursday, December 11 for a special Teachers Talking and New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Getting Involved with Interdisciplinary Programs. 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.

Teachers Talking - "All Things Student Research, Scholarship, and Creativity"

Join us Thursday, January 8, 2009 for Teachers Talking on "All Things Student Research, Scholarship, and Creativity." Join colleagues to learn about how to involve students in research/scholarship/or creative works inside and outside the classroom, how Presidential faculty-student collaboration grants apply to every discipline (and how to apply), and learn about this year's Celebration of Creative Inquiry.

Teachers Talking on "Working with Distressed Students"

Join us Thursday, January 15 for Teachers Talking on "Working with Distressed Students." Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St. Peter Room from 11:30 to 12:20 p.m. or again from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

Join us on Wednesday, January 28 for New Faculty Orientation on "Faculty Reviews and Tenure Criteria" (tenure-track faculty only). New tenure-track faculty are invited for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Peter Room. The session on faculty reviews and tenure criteria will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Chili Cook-off

The Chili Cook-Off is back! All faculty, please plan to attend the most tasty event of the year and see if you can dethrone the Classicist's award-winning culinary creation from last 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 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. As usual, Schell's Brewery has graciously agreed to provide the beer; non-alcoholic beverages also will be available.

"The Future - The Era of Engagement"

The attached article looks at three forces responsible for the change to a collaborative approach in college and university teaching and learning. It is from Chapter 8, "The Future - The Era of Engagement" in the book, Blended Learning in Higher Education, Framework, Principles, and Guidelines, by D. Randy Garrison and Norman D. Vaughan. Published by Jossey-Bass, 2008. Click "more" to read the chapter.

AACU: On Campus with Women

Rethinking Scientific Pedagogies, The current issue of On Campus with Women examines ways to improve student retention and engagement in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Read complete article.


Mini-grants are available to individuals--tenured, tenure-track, and faculty on continuing appointment—or to departments offer a means to build upon initial learning allowing faculty members to develop and tailor newly acquired ideas to meet their own course needs. Mini-grants facilitate incorporating teaching strategies and best practices in the classroom. For further information about either individual or departmental minigrants, please check the Kendall Center website.

Tomorrows Professor: Department Chair

This posting looks at conflicting leadership roles that department chairs must balance. It is by by Frank Fletcher and Charles Roberts. The article appeared in The Department Chair: A Resource for Academic Administrators, Spring 2008, Vol. 19, No. 2.

New Issue of Liberal Education Now Online

Read the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) new issue of Liberal Education.

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