Kendall Center Newsletter

October 1, 2021

Mentoring Community

The Kendall Center believes that anyone at any stage of their lives and careers can benefit from space and opportunity to share their whole self. The mentoring community also strengthens the Gustavus community, reminding us that we are not alone and we are stronger together. This community hopes to spark further conversations and future collaborations. Regardless of age, background, faculty rank and status, all faculty who are interested in building and strengthening their relationships with others in the Gustavus Community are invited to attend any or all of the three 90 min gatherings throughout the school year. These gatherings will be facilitated with time to reflect and write on specific questions/issues as well as opportunities to practice deep listening and sharing in small groups. Please join us for our first gathering on Monday, October 4th in the St Peter Room from 4:30-6:00 p.m. with facilitator Ellie Roscher. Refreshments provided.

Competitive Travel Grant

The Kendall Center for Engaged Learning will offer limited competitive travel grants of up to $1000 to all faculty who are tenured, tenure-track, and those who have continuing instructor status. This money will be on top of the normal travel grant allocation available to individual faculty, and will cover any meeting, conference, or workshop that occurs in the period of June 1, 2021-May 31, 2022. The applications are due Friday October 15th, and decisions will be communicated to faculty by November 1st. Detailed information can be found HERE.

Faculty Shop Talk 10/15

Sean Easton (Professor in Classical Studies and Peace Studies) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, October 15. His talk "The Plundered Footage of a Fascist Film in Sohrab Modi’s Anti-Colonialist Sikandar (British India, 1942)" 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

Faculty Shop Talk 10/22

Shu-Ling Wang (Assistant Professor in Economics and Management) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, October 22. Her talk "Fiscal Stabilization in High-debt Economies without Monetary independence" 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

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, October 9 at ASI and on Sunday, October 10 at Gustavus (Konferensrum). Faculty can participate in a full day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. devoted to writing. We’ll provide lunch. Please visit the Kendall Center website for upcoming dates and info. Please email Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gac.edu) to sign up.

FALL Half Day Retreats

Join other faculty in the Kendall Center Conference Room, Anderson Hall Room 303 for half day writing retreats in the fall. Your GAC ID card will give you access to the room. Enjoy coffee, tea, water, and snacks every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If these times don't fit your schedule, or you would like to create your own writing retreat group, please email Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) and we can reserve the conference room for you.

New Faculty Orientation Session 10/7 (non tenure track only)

Join us on Thursday, October 7 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Making the Most of Term Appointments – Workshop CV and Interviews. Facilitator: Sarah Wolter, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. You just started, but may be in the process of applying for a tenure track job. How do you position yourself as a top candidate? Bring an example of your CV and we will workshop it. What do Departments look for when hiring? How do you prepare and deliver for an interview? Free lunch at th buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room. 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

New Faculty Orientation Session 10/14 

Join us on Thursday, October 14 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Course Evaluations. Facilitator: Lisa Dembouski, Associate Professor of Education
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. Free lunch at the buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room. 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

New Faculty Orientation Session 10/28 

Join us on Thursday, October 28 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Evaluations by Colleagues. Facilitator: Elizabeth Kubek, Associate Provost and Dean of Arts & Humanities. 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 buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room. 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Teachers Talking 10/15

Please join us on Friday, October 15 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Teaching the Challenge Seminar. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at the Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room. For a full list of sessions click here.

Teachers Talking 10/29

Please join us on Friday, October 29 for Teachers Talking. Topic: DEI as the Foundation of your Pedagogy #1. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at the Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room. For a full list of sessions click here.

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 Curricular level ($1000 prize) and a second that recognizes innovative Assignments ($500 prize). All faculty are encouraged to self nominate or nominate others. Please visit the Kendall Center website HERE for more information.

2 Day Faculty Writing Retreat

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Writing Retreat for faculty on Tuesday, January 11 and Wedesday, January 12 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 (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) to sign up.