Kendall Center Newsletter

March 1, 2019

Sabbatical Leave Deadline

The Sabbatical Leave deadline is Monday, March 11. Proposal forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to FDC chair Amanda Nienow or any member of the FDC.

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. The grant application and information is on the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning website, under Grants. Deadline to apply is March 29.

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 29.

Mini Grants

Just a reminder that there are still funds available in this year’s KCEL budget for mini-grants, but this money MUST be used on activities, events, etc. that take place BEFORE the end of the fiscal year (May 31, 2019). Check out the Kendall Center Grants page or flyer.

March Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at ASI. March Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, March 16 at ASI 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 br eakfast 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.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, March 7 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 St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Faculty Shop Talk

Deb Pitton (Professor in Education) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, March 8. Her talk "A memoir about a memoir. Deb Pitton" 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.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Wednesday, March 13 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Preparing Students for Celebration of Creative Inquiry: Now and in the Future. Join Pamela Conners (Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, Creativity, and Dialogue) for a conversation about ways to prepare students for presenting their work at this year's Celebration of Creative Inquiry on May 3. We'll also look forward to next year and discuss possible innovations for CCI 2020. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only)

Join us on Thursday, March 21 for a New Faculty Orientation Session (Tenure-Track only). 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

Faculty Shop Talk

Casey Elledge (Associate Professor in Religion) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, March 22. His talk "Josephus, the Pharisees, and the Afterlife: A Study in Translation" 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 here.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Wednesday, March 27 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Commenting on Student Writing. This session will be a conversation about how to improve student writing as effectively and efficiently as possible. WC tutors will be on hand to discuss feedback that works best for them (as writers and as tutors). Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.

AAC&U webinar about Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers 

Please join our upcoming AAC&U webinar “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders to Confront Racism.” This webinar will discuss the efforts of the first ten Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers in addressing the historical and contemporary effects of racism to bring about transformative and sustainable change for our students, in our communities, and across our country. We will meet on Wednesday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. in 304 Anderson Hall (next to the Kendall Center) to watch the webinar followed by informal conversation. Refreshments provided. Please contact Margaret Bloch Qazi (mqazi) with questions.

The Chili Cook-Off Winner!

Dep Pitton was the Chili winner. Her Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili receipe is HERE.