J-Term Programming

Kendall Center

J-Term 2022 Programming

The Kendall Center is pleased to offer these various sessions, workshops, and reading groups during J-term. Please email Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) to register. 

Course Proposal Open House 
January 6th from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the St. Peter Room
The goal of this session is to allow faculty to stop in to ask questions about the new curriculum, course proposals, and the Challenge Seminar. Kate Knutson, Sharon Marquart and Valerie Walker will compose the panel. Refreshments provided.

Tuesday, January 11th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room

Topic: Supporting Student and Faculty Mental Health in the Classroom
This session will discuss walking the line between supporting students with mental health concerns during an ongoing pandemic and providing a space for them to develop resilience; all while taking care of yourself! Facilitator: Hannah Godbout, Director, Counseling Center. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, January 12th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room 
Topic: Trauma-Informed Care in the Classroom
This session will teach you how to recognize trauma-reactions in yourself and others through an intracultural lens. You will learn appropriate ways to respond to students who are exhibiting symptoms of trauma that will prevent further harm to the individual. The training also covers boundary-setting as a tool to balance enabling versus empowering students when they seek help. Co-Facilitators: Alyssa Baker and Monica Mikhaeil, Mental Health Therapists, Counseling Center. Lunch will be provided.

Mid-Career Faculty Programming
Tuesday, January 11th from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. virtual 
Topic: Time to go up for Promotion?
Kendall Center invites all associate professors to come together for a virtual panel discussion with colleagues who have recently been promoted. Panelists will share their own promotion journeys, along with discussing questions such as why one should go up for promotion? When may be a good time to go up for promotion? And what are some of the barriers that may have prevented faculty from going up for promotion?

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Thursday, January 13th 
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room (PDR)
Topic: Process of Promotion
Got tenure? Ready to go up for Full Professor? Join us for an information meeting with the Chair of the Personnel Committee, Scott Bur, to better understand the process for promotion. Facilitator: Scott Bur, Professor, Chemistry and Co-Chair. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, January 18th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room 
Topic: My Gustavus 
Bring your laptop for a hands-on session with the new MyGustavus, which replaces WebAdvisor as of December 2021. Facilitator: Elizabeth Kubek, Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Humanities in Provost's Office and Professor, English. Lunch will be provided. 

Wednesday, January 19th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Peter Room 
Topic: Moodle Q&A, top 3 tips, and what’s new 
Facilitator: Marni Dunning, Associate Director for Instructional Services, GTS. Lunch provided.

Writing Workshop (all three sessions are part of the writing workshop)
Thursday, January 20th 10:00 a.m. to noon in the St. Peter Room
Thursday, January 20th 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the St. Peter Room
Friday, January 21st 10:00 a.m. to noon in the St. Peter Room
Are you teaching a WRITL course this spring or thinking of proposing or teaching a WRITL course in the future? Then come and join Writing Across the Curriculum Director, Nissa Parmar, along with library faculty and Eric Vrooman, the Director of the Writing Center, for an intensive workshop to develop, refine, and get feedback on your course curriculum and assessments. Facilitator: Nissa Parmar, Visiting Assistant Professor, English. Lunch will be provided. 

Reading Groups
Monday, January 10th and Tuesday, January 11th from 9 a.m. to noon in the St Peter Room
Faculty will read On Being Included, Sara Ahmed's classic text on the experience of "diversity workers" on college campuses. Faculty participants will share their responses to the reading and ideas for discussion as we consider the implications of Ahmed's study for Gustavus. The book will be provided to all participants. Facilitator: Jill Locke, Professor, Political Science. Lunch will be provided. 

Fridays, January 28 and February 4 in Vickner Hall, Phi Beta Kappa Room from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a reading group on Resmaa Menakem’s book My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. The book provides new solutions to recognizing and healing racialized trauma. Come to these book discussions and discover what it means to heal our whole “selves.” Wear comfortable clothing. All participants will receive a free copy of the book. Facilitator: Esther Wang, Associate Professor of Piano, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Associate, Kendall Center. Refreshments provided. 

Wednesdays, January 5, 12, and 19th in the President’s Dining Room from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Join us for a reading group on the book Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini. The book chronicles how science legitimized the use of race to categorize people and consequences of that bad science all the way up to the mid 2010s. It explores the biological and social consequences for people/societies. The author does a great job of making biological and social science accessible to a general audience. Katherine Leehy will facilitate. All participants will receive a free copy of the book. Facilitator: Katherine Leehy, Assistant Professor, Biology. Lunch will be provided. 

Advisor Development Workshops  
Wednesdays, January 5th, 12th, and 19th
Two workshops on each of these days: morning 9 a.m to 10 a.m. and afternoon 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
More information and a registration link will appear in faculty-l. Contact Tom McHugh (tmchugh@gustavus.edu) in the Academic Support Center with any questions.