Kendall Center Newsletter

December 1, 2015

Faculty Achievements Publication - Deadline FRIDAY, Dec 4

As a way to promote and celebrate the professional scholarly, research, and creative accomplishments of the faculty, The John S.
Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is publishing the fifth issue of Faculty Achievements. This edition will collect and celebrate the
scholarship, research, and creative work presented, published, or awarded to faculty during January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. Only work that has appeared or been awarded during this time should be submitted. Please submit your achievements by Friday, December 4, 2015. You can find the submission form on the Kendall Center website.

Innovative Teaching Award

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Provost’s Office would like to recognize faculty who are engaged in innovative teaching (e.g., new uses of instructional technology, new ways to engage students in the learning process, new approaches to student collaboration, or new methods for improving student learning outcomes) and to encourage the dissemination of effective practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty more broadly. Therefore, they have created the Innovative Teaching Award that includes campus-wide recognition as well as a $1000 prize. Faculty members are encouraged to self-nominate, but nominations may also be submitted by colleagues and students. Nominations must be received by 5pm on February 19th, 2016. For nomination instructions and the award criteria, please see the PDF.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, December 3 for New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Internal and External Grants. Learn about internal grant opportunities and how to apply. Share information about external opportunities and building a timeline for application. Presenter: Rob Kendrick. Free lunch- meet in the Phi Beta Kappa Room (Vickner 107), 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Faculty Shop Talk

Michele Koomen (Associate Professor, Education) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, December 4. Her talk entitled, "Disciplinary Literacy in the Science Classroom: Using Adaptive Primary Literature" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, December 10 for New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Interdisciplinary programs and study away. Presenter: Roger Adkins. Free lunch - meet in Konfersrum (Campus Center), 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.


Join the Kendall Center for Gradingfest in the Board Room from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, December 17, Friday, December 18, and Monday, December 21. Fuel up on coffee and treats before heading back you your office to work or stay and enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside others.

Tech Bytes

These NEW interactive one-hour collaborative sessions will introduce you to different tech tools that we support here at Gustavus. We will mix up the class by having a hands on instructional piece, but also a time for discussion on why, how, and when we could use these tools in our class to help with engagement and retention. These sessions will be held in our Olin Technology Center Classroom (Olin Hall 124B). 

 iPad: The Basics on Dec. 16 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Learn tips and tricks for using the iPad - plus useful apps and resources.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Sep 27 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Teachers Talking Room
Oct 4 4:306 p.m. Mentoring Community Peter Room


Faculty Associates

Administrative Coordinator

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