Kendall Center Newsletter

September 1, 2019

2 Day Faculty Writing Retreat 

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Writing Retreat for faculty on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 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 and space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat ( by FRIDAY, October 1. Click here for a full list of all writing retreats.

Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI 

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at American Swedish Institute (ASI). September Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, September 14 at ASI and at Gustavus (Konferensrum). Faculty can sign up for a full day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. devoted to writing. We’ll provide lunch and snacks. Please visit the Kendall Center website for upcoming dates and info. Email Cathy Blaukat ( to reserve your spot for one or all of the writing retreats.

First Friday Faculty Social

All faculty are invited to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Refreshments provided. Hosted by the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Office of the Provost.

New Faculty Orientations Session 9/12

Join us on Thursday, September 12 from 8 to 9 AM for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Checking In. An open‐ended opportunity for new faculty to get to know each other, share their experiences in the first week, and have questions answered in a supportive environment (e.g. J-term proposals are due the next day). What are your intentions for the semester and how might your goals be reached? Free catered breakfast in the President's Dining Room 8 to 9 a.m.

Teachers Talking 9/12

Please join us on Thursday, September 12 for Teachers Talking. Topic: J-Term facilitated by Hayley Russell. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Teachers Talking 9/18

Please join us on Wednesday, September 18 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Teaching Student Athletes facilitated by Kari Eckheart, Jeff Owen, and Jared Phillips. In "Teaching Student Athletes" we will discuss how students balance academics and athletics, and the role of intercollegiate athletics at Gustavus. We will also share attendance policies and discuss issues regarding missed class time for athletes. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session 9/19

Join us on Thursday, September 19 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Grading: Policies and Rubrics. How might we grade assignments strategically? We can save time while giving students valuable feedback. We will also discuss the nuts and bolts of grading policies in general. A variety of assignment types are discussed. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Faculty Shop Talk 

K. Angelique Dwyer (Associate Professor in MLLC) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, September 20. Her talk "I "Gringos Mexicanos" An Intercultural Podcast in Complex Times" 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.

Write-On-Site at the Kendall Center 

The Kendall Center will be holding Write-on-Site for faculty in our conference room, Anderson Hall Room 303, on Wednesdays 9am-12pm throughout the fall semester. Write-On-Site cultivates a community of scholars who work on their individual writing projects. Bring whatever you need for your writing. Show up, check-in about what you are working on for the session, and get to writing. We work in 25 minute increments with 5 minute breaks, but you can work at your own pace and come and go as your schedule permits. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome. No need to sign up, just show up ready to write.

From the Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A resource promoting inclusive excellence

“Is the role of a college instructor to help students feel included and ready to thrive?...As champions of inclusive teaching, we say – emphatically – yes.” In the article “Want to Reach All of Your Students? Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive (An Advice Guide),” Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan identify specific ways to make our courses more inclusive through student interactions and course design. In addition to providing several tips to promote student equity and success, they describe three principles of inclusive teaching, and ways to evaluate the success of your efforts. Viji Sathy is a teaching associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and an administrator in the office of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her Twitter handle is @vijisathy. Kelly A. Hogan is associate dean of instructional innovation and a STEM teaching professor in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is on Twitter @DrMrsKellyHogan. Their website on inclusive teaching is here

Faculty Achievements Publication 

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 7th 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, 2018, through December 31, 2019. To submit click here. To review any submissions that you’ve already made, go to to receive a faculty achievement report. 

Innovative Teaching Award 

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Provost’s Office would like 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. Therefore, we offer 2 Innovative Teaching Awards -- one that recognizes innovations at the Course or Currcular level ($1000 prize) and a second that recognizes innovative Assignments ($500 prize). Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Friday, November 8. Please visit the Kendall Center website for more information.


If you didnt' receive a 2019-2020 Kendall Center calendar or would like another one,
please send an email request to Cathy Blaukat and one will be placed in campus mail for you!

Faculty Travel

Just a reminder as we begin the new year, that you can find the procedures, guidelines, 
and all forms for faculty travel on the Kendall Center website here.

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 ( or email Cathy Blaukat to reserve a specific date/time.