Kendall Center Newsletter

October 1, 2017

Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and American Swedish Institute (ASI)

October Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, October 14 at American Swedish Institute and on Sunday, October 15 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. The KCEL will reimburse no more than $10 per person per writing retreat at ASI. Please reserve a space with Cathy Blaukat (cblauka@gustavus.edu) for one or all of the writing retreats.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Wednesday, October 11 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Educational Neuromyths. There is significant interest in translating findings from educational psychology and neuroscience into classroom practices. Unfortunately most of these findings are very complex, with few clear indications of how to directly incorporate them to benefit our pedagogy and student learning. This leads to the proliferation of learning-related "neuromyths": plausible-sounding conclusions that aren't fully backed by research. Which educational practices are truly evidence-based and which are "myths"? Join Patricia Reeder and Lauren Hecht (Psychological Science) for a discussion of educational neuromyths, contemplate our responsibility as educators to share truths about the learning process with our students, and brainstorm ideas on how to overcome student biases regarded neuromyths. 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, October 12 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Course Evaluations. A discussion of effective methods for evaluating your courses and getting information that can be used to improve teaching and learning. We focus on end of the semester summative as well as mid-semester formative evaluations. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m..

Faculty Shop Talk

Martin Lang (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, October 13. His talk entitled, "The Making of (Mid)West of Somalia: Some Whys, Hows, and Never-Agains of a Community-Based, Student-Inflected, Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Documentary Filmmaking" 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/.

Teachers Talking Writing

Join colleagues on Tuesday, October 17 for Teachers Talking Writing. Topic:Writing Good Assignment Prompts: What We See and What Students See. Program at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room. Co-sponsored and co-facilitated by Becky Fremo, Writing Across the Curriculum Director, Eric Vrooman, Writing Center Director, and The Kendall Center.

Mid Career Faculty Lunch

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 from 11:30-1pm in the St Peter Room for a Mid Career faculty lunch. A recent 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 and how the Kendall Center can help support faculty at this stage of their careers. (If you think you’re a mid-career faculty member, we think you are too.) Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) by noon on October 16th. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/26/research-midcareer-professors-makes-case-support-after-tenure.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, October 26 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic:Evaluations by Colleagues. In collaboration with the Provost’s Office, a discussion about the procedure and potential approaches associated with evaluations. What might you share with your evaluator prior to the class period, how to inform your class, the criteria and areas that Chairs are asked to evaluate, post-evaluation feedback. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the President's Dining Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m..

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, October 26 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Copyrights and Wrongs. Can I do that? Do I need permission? Wait, since we're an educational institution I don't have to worry, right? Every day as we create handouts and put readings on Moodle, use images or video clips in slides, or include an image or video clip in a blog post, we bump up against copyright questions, and the answers are never clear-cut. In this session, facilitated by Barbara Fister (Library), we'll discuss how copyright law got so complicated, how to think through the four-factor test for fair use, and how we and our students can make well-balanced decisions about legally and ethically sharing copyrighted material in our courses and in our creative and scholarly work. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.

International Faculty Development Seminar Grant

The International Faculty Development Seminar Grant is intended to support and encourage faculty in international research and pedagogy. The Kendal Center will offer one grant of up to $4,000 to support faculty participation in a January or Summer Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Faculty Development Seminar. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 3 at 5 pm. For more information and to apply, please visit the Kendall Center website https://gustavus.edu/kendallcenter/cieeGrant.php.

Kendall Center Writing Space

The Kendall Center Conference Room (Anderson 303) is available for faculty writing. The space is quiet, stocked with tea and coffee, and can be accessed with your faculty ID. A few Kendall Center research and teaching groups are meeting there, so check the calendar before coming over (https://gustavus.edu/kendallcenter/roomschedule.php).

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Database

The Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Database is up and ready for submissions. Please submit all faculty and student scholarship and creativity to the database: https://goo.gl/wvftd1. The database will feed Marketing and Communication, the Kendall Center Faculty Achievement Book, and departmental and individual webpages.