Kendall Center Newsletter

October 1, 2018

Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at ASI.  October Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, October 13 at ASI and on Sunday, October 14 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 see attached or visit the Kendall Center website for upcoming dates and info. Please reserve a space with Cathy Blaukat ( for one or all of the writing retreats.

Teachers Talking

Join us Tuesday, October 9 for Teachers Talking. Transfer credits. Transfer students. AP/IB/PSEO/CIS credit. The number-variety of ways that students can transfer credit to Gustavus can seem confusing and overwhelming. We're seeing more first year students arrive at Gustavus having already earned some type of college credit. What are the implications for your department, our curriculum, and College? While most Gustavus students come to us directly from highschool, we typically welcome 40-50 new transfer students each year who started their college careers at another institution. What should faculty know about this population, their expectations, and challenges they face? Come to this session prepared to discuss both your past experience and your thoughts about the future as they relate to transfer credits and transfer students. Facilitated by Tom McHugh, Director, Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement (CARE). Program 11:30am and 12:30pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, meet in Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, October 11 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. NOTE: Meet in the Konfersrum first to get a lunch ticket to go thru Marketplace (no buffet), 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Faculty Shop Talk

Sean Easton (Associate Professor in Classics) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, October 12. His talk " The Golden Age of Athens Sparta in 300: Rise of an Empire (Murro, 2014)" 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

Teachers Talking

Join us on Tuesday, October 16 for Teachers Talking. Join Pamela Conners (RSCD Director/Communication Studies) and Sarah Bridges (Research and Sponsored Programs) for lunch and a discussion about opportunities, resources, and professional development for student-faculty collaboration on Research, Scholarship, Creativity, and Dialogue. Share your experiences – good and bad – and learn more about RSCD with students. Program 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 25 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 St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Innovative Teaching Award

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Provost’s Office have created the Innovative Teaching Award 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. The Innovative Teaching Award that includes campus-wide recognition as well as a monetary prize. Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Monday, November 12. Please click here for details.

Teaching Retreat

The Kendall Center is sponsoring its first teaching retreat in January 2019! It will focus on “Course (Re)design.” Are you planning to design a new course, redesign an existing one, or adapt a course that someone else has taught in the past? Are you hoping to create or modify a course so it addresses Challenge Curriculum goals? Does that job seem overwhelming or fraught with unforeseen perils? It doesn't have to be (really!). Join us for a workshop series that walks through a manageable approach to course design, using a set of tools designed by SERC (the Science Education Resource Center) to get your new or existing course on track. This course design tool was originally developed for science instruction, but SERC has adapted it to be flexible and applicable to a variety of disciplines. Start January with a few ideas or an existing syllabus and finish J-term with a redesigned syllabus and a toolbox of approaches to get the course off the ground. Contact Julie Bartley with questions. To guarantee its effectiveness, the retreat will have a cap of 20. Participants will meet for two workshops on January 9 and January 16 from 1:00 to 5:00 and a follow up lunch on February 1. If you are interested in participating, please let Cathy Blaukat know by November 15.

Research, Scholarship, & Creativity Publication

The Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Publication 2016-2017 is now available on the Kendall Center website. If you would like a hard copy, please email Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat) and a copy will be placed in campus mail for you.

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 (