Kendall Center Newsletter

June 1, 2015

Thank You!!

A BIG Thank you to everyone who contributed throughout 2014-15 at the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning! It was very much appreciated and we thank you!

Kendall Center News

The Kendall Center bids a sad farewell to Paul Saulnier, New Faculty Programming Faculty Associate and to Deb Pitton, Global and Cultural Engagement Faculty Associate. We thank them both for all their work with the Kendall Center! The Kendall Center welcomes Pam Kittelson as the New Faculty Programming Faculty Associate and Kyle Chambers as the Teaching in Excellence Faculty Associate.


Join the Kendall Center for Gradingfest in the Board Room from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26. Fuel up on coffee and treats before heading back you your office to work or stay and enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside others.

Virtual Summer Writing Accountability Group

Looking to keep (or get) on track with your writing? The Virtual Summer Writing Accountability Group, will be part of an online system that has helped thousands of academics become more prolific, successful and creative writers and researchers. We have arranged for a special group just for Gustavus faculty, so that we can experience a summer of support, accountability and especially writing productivity. Designed to help build the habits that enable writing a reasonable amount each day, so that distractions or tasks with urgent deadlines don't come before the long-term and ongoing writing associated with scholarly productivity, this group will focus on the process of writing, not the content of your writing. Members of the group will not read/comment on one another’s work. This structure helps build and maintain a daily writing habit by providing progress tracking, accountability and structure.

Let's Get that Article Published! (aka KCEL Summer Article Writing Workshop)

Ready to turn your paper into an article? Consider signing up for the KCEL Summer Article Workshop! Facilitated by Associate Professor of Religion Sarah Ruble, this workshop will help you turn your data or an existing manuscript into a publishable piece. Over the summer you will develop a feasible work plan for your scholarship and engage in activities that address the necessary components in the academic publishing process. By participating in the workshop, you will be on track to submit an article to an editor at a journal of your choice by the end of summer.

New Faculty Orientation Day

New Faculty Orientation Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 8:45 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch provided, meet in Heritage Room in Campus Center. This day will allow new faculty to meet other faculty new to Gustavus, be introduced to important offices they will need, and have more general conversations about their work here with returning faculty.

Faculty Development Day

Join us on Wednesday, September 2 to our annual Faculty Development Day, a half-day event that showcases good teaching practices, new developments in technology, pedagogical work being done on the campus, and resources, both on and off campus, that are of interest to faculty. All Gustavus faculty are invited to attend and participation is voluntary; the large numbers of new and returning faculty who do attend appreciate learning about the good work of their colleagues.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Oct 26 11:30 am to 1:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
11:30 am to 1:30 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
Nov 2 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Peter Banquet Room
Nov 3 4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
Nov 9 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Banquet Room
Nov 11 9 am to 5 pm Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and ASI Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Nov 16 12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Peter Banquet Room
Nov 17 4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
Nov 28 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Dec 7 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Dec 8 4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
Dec 15 9 am to 5 pm Gradingfest Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Dec 18 9 am to 5 pm Gradingfest Board Room, Jackson Campus Center


Faculty Associates

Administrative Assistant

Office Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.




The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is located in Anderson Hall 303