Kendall Center Newsletter

February 1, 2016

TeachersTalking

Join us on Tuesday, February 9 for Teachers Talking. Interested in applying to a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar or Institute? Come hear faculty discuss the application process and how they used their NEH experiences in their pedagogy/research. A panel presentation on experiences in NEH institutes/seminars. Presenters: So Young Park, Yurie Hong, and Greg Kaster. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, February 11 for New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Checking In - Share reflections on experiences in fall and over January. What goals or hopes do you have for spring semester? What questions might be addressed? Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

Join us on Thursday, February 18 for New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only). Topic: Tenure review processes at Gustavus - an overview of the third year and tenure review procedure at Gustavus.Presenter: Jon Grinnell. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

The Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Pie-Off.........and Beer Tasting Event!

All faculty, please plan to attend the most tasty event of the year. What to do? Please make a dessert pie or 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 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. As usual, Schell's Brewery has graciously agreed to provide the beer; non-alcoholic beverages also will be available.

Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and ASI

February Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, February 20 at ASI and  on Sunday, February 21 at Gustavus (Board Room). Faculty can sign up for a full day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. devoted to writing. We’ll provide breakfast and lunch. Please visit the Kendall Center website for upcoming dates and info. Please reserve a space with Cathy Blaukat (cblauka@gustavus.edu) for one or all of the writing retreats.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, February 25 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Facilitating Classroom Discussions.  A session on effectively engaging and assessing students in discussion.  Presenter: Leila Brammer.  Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Faculty Shop Talk

Mimi Gerstbauer (Associate Professor, Political Science) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, February 26. Her talk entitled, "Apologizing for Torture and More: Possibilities for Contrition in International Relations " 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 http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.

Kendall Center International Faculty Development Grant

The Kendall Center for Engaged Learning will offer one grant of $5,000 to support faculty participation in a Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Faculty Development Seminar during Summer 2016. The program features seminars in diverse geographic regions including, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. This grant is intended to support and encourage faculty international research and pedagogy. The grant is applicable only to participation in one CIEE international faculty seminar in summer 2016. Funds must be applied toward the seminar CIEE member registration fee and related expenses up to $5,000.  Application Deadline: Friday, March 4 at 5pm. Applications must be submitted online at: https://gustavus.edu/kendallcenter/cieeGrant.php

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.

Curriculum Development and Revitalization Grants

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is offering support for faculty designing a new semester-long course, or substantially re-designing an existing semester-long course, to reflect a global, multicultural, or interdisciplinary curriculum. Please see grant guidelines and timeline on the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning website under Grants. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.

Departmental and Interdisciplinary Programs (DIP) Teaching and Learning Mini-Grants Available Now

Faculty development grants supporting departmental and interdisciplinary program initiatives enable a group of faculty to work together to enhance course offerings, hone teaching methods, cultivate student learning, and, as appropriate, facilitate department/program members' research and creativity pursuits towards improving student learning. Several examples of mini-grants, as well as an application, budget form, and guidelines, is available on the Kendall Center website, under Grants. Applications can be submitted anytime and will be awarded for up to $1,500 as long as funds are available.

Individual Teaching and Learning Mini-Grants Available Now

The mini-grant program encourages individual faculty to formulate a development plan related to teaching and student learning that is appropriate to their situation. Several examples of mini-grants, as well as an application, budget form, and guidelines, is available on the Kendall Center website, under Grants. Applications by eligible individual faculty members for projects about teaching and learning can be submitted anytime. Mini-grants will be awarded for up to $1,500 as long as funds are available.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Oct 26 11:30 am to 1:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Sessionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/new-faculty-orientation-session-114/52851President's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
11:30 am to 1:30 pm Teachers Talkinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/teachers-talking-154/53718Banquet Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
Nov 2 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talkinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/teachers-talking-144/52852St. Peter Banquet Room
Nov 3 4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talkhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-shop-talk-70/52855Interpretive Center
Nov 9 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talkinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/teachers-talking-145/52853Heritage Banquet Room
Nov 11 9 am to 5 pm Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and ASIhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-writing-retreats-at-gac-and-asi-3/52854American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Nov 16 12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Sessionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/new-faculty-orientation-session-115/52857St. Peter Banquet Room
Nov 17 4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talkhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-shop-talk-71/52856Interpretive Center
Nov 28 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talkinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/teachers-talking-146/52858Banquet Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Dec 7 11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talkinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/teachers-talking-147/52859Banquet Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Dec 8 4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talkhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-shop-talk-72/52861Interpretive Center
Dec 15 9 am to 5 pm Gradingfesthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gradingfest-15/52867The Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Dec 18 9 am to 5 pm Gradingfesthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gradingfest-16/52868The Board Room, Jackson Campus Center

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Location

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

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