Kendall Center Newsletter

March 1, 2018

Sabbatical Leave Deadline

The Sabbatical Leave deadline is Monday, March 12. Proposal forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to FDC co-chairs Sheng Yang and Jessie Petricka or any member of the FDC.

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 30, 2018.

Reading in Common Book Giveaway

The first year reading in common book has been announced: The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen. To enable all faculty members to participate in the campus conversation, the Kendall Center is happy to announce that we will be offering a free book for any faculty member who would like one. Fall 2018 FTS faculty will receive a copy of the book from the FTS program. Please email your request to the Kendall Center's administrative assistant, Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gac.edu) and a copy will be placed in campus mail for you.

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

March Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, March 17 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.

Teachers Talking - March 1

Join us on Thursday, March 1 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Involving Students in Your Research. Have you wanted to involve students in your research, but aren't sure how to go about it? Or are you looking for fresh ideas for including students in your work? Join Blake Couey and Eric Dugdale to hear how your colleagues from a variety of disciplines have successfully engaged students in their RSC projects, and learn about plans for expanded opportunities in the future for collaborative research with our students. Program 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch Three Crowns buffet, Heritage Room.

Teachers Talking - March 6

Join us on Tuesday, March 6 for Teachers Talking. Topic: What is “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” and Why Does it Matter?
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? How 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.

New Faculty Orientation

Join us on Thursday, March 8 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Best Practices in Advising. This discussion provides a foundation for best practices in advising. It will expose you to a variety of resources that can help you develop into an effective academic advisor in the context of the liberal arts. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Faculty Shop Talk

Anna Versluis (Associate Professor in Geography, Environmental Studies, and LALACS) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, March 9. Her talk "Counter-Plantation, Remittance Economy, Sweatshops: Contrasting Visions of Haiti" 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 - March 15

Join us on Thursday, March 15 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Starfish: The Next Generation. Now that we're well into our second semester of using Starfish to record advising notes, raise academic flags, and give kudos, let's talk about about what's working, what's not, and what the future may hold. With fall registration (and your student advisee appointments) quickly approaching, we'll show you how easy it is to record the notes from these appointments - and the benefits this provides you, the student, and the student's future advisor. This session is meant to be useful for all faculty members, whether you're already an active Starfish user or have been watching with interest from the sidelines. Please bring your laptop (and your appetite) and join us for the discussion. Program 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch Three Crowns buffet, St Peter Room.

Faculty Shop Talk

Dwight Stoll (Associate Professor in Chemistry) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, March 16. His talk "Analytical chemistry in support of next-generation therapeutics and personalized medicine" 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/.

New Faculty Orientation

Join us on Thursday, March 22 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Committee Roles. This discussion focuses on one’s role in service capacities, specifically as a committee member. It also will highlight good committee choices for junior faculty, what might be expected of you on these committees, and how you might constructively contribute to committees in general. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St. Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

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).