Kendall Center Newsletter

March 1, 2017

Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and ASI

February Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, March 18 at ASI and 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, March 9 for Teachers Talking. Can slowing down enhance our creativity, scholarship, teaching or collegiality? In January, a group of faculty discussed 'The Slow Professor' (Berg and Seeber 2016). Today, they will share some take-home messages from the book. Additionally, they will discuss how we might cultivate a slower pace with our students. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St. Peter Room.

All Tenure Track New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, March 16 for a New Faculty Orientation Tenure Track Session. Topic: Best Practices in Advising in a liberal arts context. How might you be an effective academic advisor in the context of the liberal arts? Discuss how to get to know students, help them develop a four year plan, gain experiences, build skills and intellectual flexibility, and accurately reflect on their strengths. . Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Faculty Shop Talk

Eric Dugdale (Associate Provost ) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, March 17. His talk entitled, "Breaking out of solitary confinement: arts and humanities research reimagined" 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 here.

Mid-career Faculty Discussion

A study presented at AAC&U highlighted challenges for mid-career faculty 
at liberal arts institutions (see the link below). If you identify with 
the findings or want to share other insights, join colleagues for lunch 
and a discussion about the experiences and needs of mid-career faculty 
at Gustavus. If you are not sure that this applies to you, definitely 
come join us (over half the study respondents were full professors).

Join us on Tuesday, March 21 for Teachers Talking. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Faculty Awards

Each academic year, Gustavus recognizes the contributions faculty make to the life of the institution.  Faculty, Staff, and students are invited to nominate faculty.  Each award includes a cash prize.  Award nominations are due April 15, 2017.  For more information, please visit the website.

 

Resources for Teaching about Fake News

The Gustavus Library has put together an online guide about fighting fake news. The guide contains tips for helping students evaluate information sources, lesson plans, examples of fake news in the world, and reasons why this kind of work is essential for lifelong learning. We invite you to use the resources on the guide in your work with students. The guide can be found here: http://libguides.gustavus.edu/FakeNews If you have resources to share, please contact Julie Gilbert.

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 March 31, 2017.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

The Kendall Center's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants support faculty in projects examining teaching and learning practices in their discipline(s) in a systematic way by using systematic research methods and by making the results known to the campus community. Please see grant guidelines and timeline on the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning website under Grants. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.