Kendall Center Newsletter

January 1, 2018

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Database

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 sixth issue of Faculty Achievements. This edition will collect and celebrate the scholarship, research, and creative work presented, published, or awarded to faculty from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2017. If you haven’t done so already, submit your achievements by Friday, January 19, 2018, via the new RSC entry form: www.gac.edu/rsc_entry.

In the future, please use this entry form to submit all scholarly and creative achievements by faculty and students whenever they are presented, published, or awarded. The form will feed Marketing and Communication (including Inside Gustavus), the Kendall Center, and department and individual webpages, eliminating the need to submit the same information multiple times.

UPDATE: To review any submissions that you’ve already made, go to http://www.gac.edu/rsc_query to receive a faculty achievement report. You can also generate a link to use for new submissions that has your name, email, and department already filled.

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

January Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, January 20 at American Swedish Institute and 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.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Wednesday, January 10 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Mary McHugh will lead a discussion of the current liberal arts and three crowns curricula and aspects of the proposed 'challenge' curriculum. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Teachers Talking

Join us Tuesday, January 23 for Teachers Talking. What is “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” and Why Does it Matter? facilitated by Carly Overfelt and Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh. Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) is a relatively new way of approaching the issue of justice, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. According to Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World (Paris and Alim 2017), CSP “seeks to perpetuate and foster--to sustain--linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation” (1). What does that mean? What does that look like in the classroom? Is CSP truly different from previous initiatives towards equity and inclusion? What are the potential uses (and challenges) of CSP? Our CSP reading group has been asking these questions, but no prior knowledge is necessary to join us in this conversation. Program 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch Three Crowns buffet, Heritage Room.

Faculty Shop Talk Openings Available for Next Year

The Kendall Center is starting to put together the Shop Talk schedule for next year 2018-19 and a waiting list for 2019-20. If you would like to present a Shop Talk next year, please contact Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) at the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning so that your name is added to the list of future presenters. Remember, any type of research, scholarship, or creativity is appropriate for presentation at a Shop Talk as long as the majority of what is presented represents the presenter’s own work. Please visit the Shop Talk webpage for available dates and FAQ page for more information - https://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.


2 Day Faculty Writing Retreat - February 7 and 8

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Writing Retreat for faculty on Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 8 at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, MN. This is a great opportunity to focus on your writing. The retreat is open to all faculty. Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) by deadline January 22, 2018.

J-term Reading Group: What is “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” and Why Does it Matter?

The Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Center for International and Cultural Education are sponsoring a J-Term Reading Group on Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP). In this reading group, facilitated by Carly Overfelt and Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh, we’ll read from Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World (2017), edited by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim. According to Paris and Alim, CSP “seeks to perpetuate and foster--to sustain--linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation” (1). As we read we’ll ask, what does that mean? What does that look like in the classroom? Is CSP significantly different from previous initiatives towards equity and inclusion?

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).