Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Presidential, Sabbatical and RSC Grants Due Dates

Presidential Faculty-Student Research Grants due Feb. 16, 2009. Sabbaticals due March 2, 2009 and Research Scholarship and Creativity Grants are due March 16, 2009. Please visit the Kendall Center website for more information.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

On February 12, 2009 Bob Weisenfeld, Assistant Vice President for Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Thia Cooper, Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, will host a special tenure-track only session on grants. Bob will talk about external opportunities, and ways his office can help; Thia will talk about internal opportunities, like the Research, Scholarship, and Creativity grant, and how and when to apply. Buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m. then meet in the Heritage Room.

Chili Cook-Off

The Chili Cook-Off is back! All faculty, 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, Feb 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Interpretive Center. Schell's Brewery has graciously agreed to provide the beer; non-alcoholic beverages also will be available.
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FTS: Curriculum Conversations & Collaboration Grants

The First Term Seminar Program and the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning are pleased to introduce a special curriculum development opportunity for faculty teaching in the First Term Seminar program in Fall 2009. Please visit the Kendall Center website for an application and further information. Deadline to apply is February 13, 2009.
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Special Afternoon Teachers Talking on "Teaching as Contemplative Practice"

Join Dr. Arthur Zajonc, Mellon Professor of Physics at Amherst College on February 16, 2009, "Teaching as Contemplative Practice." He will talk about his work in incorporating contemplative practice in his teaching, followed by responses from Gustavus faculty. This afternoon Teachers Talking will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with wine and light appetizers in the St. Peter Room.
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Teachers Talking: College 101 Series

Join Vice President for Advancement, Thomas Young to learn about the challenges and opportunities of fundraising in this economic climate. February 23, 2009 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room. The program repeats on February 24, 2009 from 4 to 5 p.m. for wine and appetizers in the St. Peter Room.

Teachers Talking Technology

Join Dwight Stoll, Chemistry, on Tuesday, February 24 for Teachers Talking Technology where he will present "Using Tablet PCs in the Classroom". 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.

New Faculty Orientation Session

The topic for the February 26, 2009 New Faculty Orientation Session will be: Mid-Year Check Points. Buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m. then meet in the St. Peter Room.

Celebration of Creative Inquiry

The Celebration of Creative Inquiry is a campus-wide forum to publicly share the creative inquiry of students from Gustavus. Abstracts are due March 18. The Celebration will be held on the evening of Friday, May 1 and will feature student poster presentations. Faculty- if you know of students who have carried out projects appropriate for this event, please visit the Kendall Center website.
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"Responding to Students" - Powerpoint Presentation

At the January 15 Teachers Talking, Dr. Rachel Slater, Staff Psychologist in the Counseling Center, discussed her study of how college teachers recognize and manage their emotional reactions to students. Her power point presentation is available on the Kendall website for review.

Plagiarism: "It's Culture, Not Morality"

What if all of that anger you feel as you catch students clearly submitting work they didn't write, is clouding your judgment and making it more difficult to promote academic integrity? Susan D. Blum, an anthropologist at the University of Notre Dame, considers why students so frequently violate norms that seem clear and just to their professors. Click here to read the entire article from Inside Higher Education.

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