Kendall Center Newsletter

March 1, 2020

The Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Pie-Off Winners!!

Blake Couey, Religion was the Chili winner for his vegetarian quinoa chili. Anna DeGraff, Music was the dessert winner.


Sabbatical Leave Deadline 

The deadline for sabbatical leave applications for the 2021-2022 academic year is Monday, March 9, 2020. Proposal forms and guidelines are available here. Questions may be directed to Faculty Development Committee Chair Anna Hulseberg or any member of the FDC.

New Faculty Scholarship Showcase 

Join us on Tuesday, March 3 for New Faculty Scholarship Showcase. Margaretha Kramer -- Examining the Bronze Age, Early Iron Age transition (c. 1200 BC) through the lens of ship design and maritime technology. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Teachers Talking 

Please join us on Thursday, March 5 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Helping Students with the Research Process. In this presentation, Gustavus librarians will facilitate conversations about patterns we observe when students are conducting research. The session will focus especially on how students work with secondary sources, both scholarly and non-scholarly. We will provide insights and tips for how to help students work better with sources. We also look forward to hearing from attendees about their methods for teaching students about the research process. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Scholarship Showcase 

Join us on Wednesday, March 5 for New Faculty Scholarship Showcase. Jacob Stanley-- Poetics of Destruction is an interactive art installation that questions our perceived notions of safety, comfort, and perhaps a bit of nostalgia. This gallery talk will highlight the process of how installation artists perceive physical locations (sites) as a location for a deeper investigation and will offer insights into the artistic decision-making process. Free box lunch at 12:30 in the Schaefer Art Gallery.

Scholarly Synergy 

Are you ready to talk with colleagues about something besides curriculum? Do you want to make new connections over common scholarly interests? Then plan to attend Gustavus’s inaugural Scholarly Synergy event on Wednesday, March 11, from 4-6 PM in the Anderson Hall atrium. Based on your expertise, KCEL and Provost’s Office staff will match you with colleagues with complementary interests for brief, one-on-one conversations. There will also be time to mingle and celebrate shared scholarly pursuits over hors d'oeuvres and festive beverages. We hope this event will energize intellectual dialogue and foster productive new connections across campus. Sponsored by Kendall Center and Provost’s Office.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, March 12 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Best Practices in Advising. This discussion provides a foundation for best practices in advising. You will be exposed to a variety of resources that can help you develop into an effective academic advisor in the context of the liberal arts. First-year Gustavus tenure track faculty will also learn about the built-in advisor development opportunities that are coming up in their second year. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Competitive Travel Grants for Faculty 

Competitive travel grants of up to $1,000 will be available to all faculty who are tenured, tenure-track, and those who have continuing instructor status. This money will be additional money on top of the normal allocation available to individual faculty members (depending on whether they are presenting/attending a national/international conference). This will cover any meeting, conference, or workshop that occurs in the period of June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021. The applications are due by Monday, March 16 and decisions will be communicated to faculty by Friday, March 27. Please see the Kendall Center website here for more information and the google form application.

Teachers Talking 

Please join us on Wednesday, March 18 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Connecting Career Readiness to the Liberal Arts Classroom. Join the Center for Career Development as we work to strengthen our partnerships across campus. Career will briefly touch on a few examples of how academics and career discernment have partnered to support student growth, exploration and career readiness. Together, we are eager to learn from each other, share best practices and hear how we can create new opportunities for how best we can support your efforts in and outside the classroom. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Faculty Shop Talk 

Thia Cooper (Professor in Religion) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, March 20. Her talk "A Theology of International Development" 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.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, March 26 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

New Faculty Scholarship Showcase 

Join us on Sunday, March 29 for New Faculty Scholarship Showcase. Elisabeth Cherland-- What does it mean to be home? Home can mean safety and comfort, tradition and rootedness, joy and love, a place for which we yearn. Yet home may also house complexity, pain, and trauma. Beginning with a sonic acknowledgement of our Gustavus home being on stolen land, the Lucia Singers and Choir of Christ Chapel will sing of and on these many facets with selections by Heinrich Schütz, J.S. Bach, Palestrina, Vaughan Williams, Cyrrilus Kreek, Andrea Ramsey, etc. 2:00PM in the Chapel, refreshments afterward.

Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI 

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at American Swedish Institute (ASI). March Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, March 21 at ASI and at Gustavus (Konferensrum). Faculty can participate in 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. Please email Cathy Blaukat ( to sign up.

Write on Site at Kendall Center 

The Kendall Center will be holding Write-on-Site for faculty in our conference room, Anderson Hall Room 303, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-12pm throughout the spring 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.

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 here. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2020.

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 here. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2020.

Faculty Mentor Training 

Historically, new faculty mentoring has relied solely on the goodwill and experiences of our senior faculty. Through a generous grant from the Lilly Fellows Program (LFP), and funding from the Kendall Center and the Provost’s office, Gustavus will be formally training five tenured faculty mentors for new faculty. These mentors will attend the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute annual conference (October 19th – October 23rd, 2020), participate in two on-campus facilitated discussions focusing on mentoring in the context of Gustavus' church relatedness. Trained mentors will commit to mentoring one new faculty sometime within the next three years, provide professional development and resources to future mentors through a half-day summer workshops, and participate in the composition of a new faculty mentoring brochure. Participating faculty will receive a $500 stipend. Please send an email of interest to Ruth Lin, a brief explanation (no more than 400 words) of your interest by April 30th.