Summer Workshops on Teaching and Learning

Summer Workshops are designed to bring faculty together from across the campus to generate ideas to enhance pedagogy, focus on particular issues vital to intellectual success, and develop better ways to engage students in collaborative learning endeavors. Providing a concentrated time in the summer during which faculty can focus on these issues and collaborate on unique ways to address them has resulted in interesting outcomes at an individual level such as making changes in course work, and campus-wide community initiatives.

The Kendall Center for Engaged Learning has put together some workshops for our annual
faculty development that takes place in the summer known as “Camp Kendall”. Some of these
workshops may have an opportunity for faculty to come together face to face, but all of them will
also be available as online and synchronous events. We are also experimenting with spreading
them out over the course of the summer instead of confining them to the one traditional week in
early June.

They will be led and facilitated by colleagues, both faculty and staff, who have expertise and
interests in the topic of their workshop; but to a great extent the success of a session will rise
and fall on the willingness of the participating faculty to share their ideas and experiences. In
that sense this is an opportunity for us to learn from each other. In addition, although the
facilitating faculty come from specific disciplines, they are committed to leading a session that
will be useful to colleagues from various departments.

Faculty should write to Cathy Blaukat ( to register for a workshop. If
there is room, faculty will be allowed to attend more than one workshop. Please mark clearly
your order of preference for all workshops that you are wanting to attend. Each participant
will receive a stipend of $200 for attending a full day workshop, and $100 for a half day

The following workshops are now available for registration :

Reading and Discussion of Sara Ahmed, On Being Included: Racism and
Diversity in Institutional Life
Day 1: Tuesday, June 8, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm;
Day 2 Friday, June 11, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(this workshop is split over 2 days and participants are asked to attend both sessions)
Online via Zoom (the zoom link will be provided once sign up is complete)
Facilitator: Jill Locke, Political Science and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

In this workshop, faculty will read Ahmed's classic text on diversity work and discuss the
knowledge generated by diversity workers, how institutions present "diversity" as a solution to
racism and sexism, and the presence of what Ahmed describes as "brick walls." Faculty will
generate their own discussion topics as we extend Ahmed's critique to Gustavus and consider
the implications of her analysis for meaningful antiracist and antisexist work here. The book will
provided to all participants.

From the publisher: "What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed
offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as
her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life.
Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the
metaphor of the "brick wall." On Being Included offers an explanation of this apparent paradox. It explores the gapbetween symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity. Commitments to
diversity are understood as "non-performatives" that do not bring about what they name. The book provides an
account of institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity.
Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. On Being Included offers a critique
of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of
institutions in attempting to transform them."

A Time to Reflect: Teaching during a Pandemic and Moodle
Time: Thursday, June 10, 9:30 am - 1 pm
Hybrid session allowing you to attend in person or via Zoom (the campus location and zoom link
will be provided once sign up is complete)
Facilitator: Marni Dunning, GTS

Now that you have 2+ semesters of teaching during a pandemic, come chat about what has
worked and what has not worked, especially in regards to your use of Moodle; what you wish
Moodle would do differently; what tools related to the learning management system that you
wish you had or knew more about; and whatever else you would like to discuss.
Refreshments will be provided to those who attend in person.

The Challenge Curriculum Seminar
Time: Friday, June 18, 8:30-12:30
Online via Zoom (the zoom link will be provided once sign up is complete)
Facilitators: Hayley Russell, Health and Exercise Science; Laura Burrack, Biology

One of the key elements of the new Challenge Curriculum is the Challenge Seminar course
(aka the general education capstone). The goal of this workshop is to demystify the Challenge
Seminar by highlighting examples of how the course criteria have been implemented in pilot
courses and sharing ideas for assignments and course assessment tools. Workshop
participants will have the opportunity to learn about pilot capstones taught this academic year
and brainstorm possible course ideas and assignments to get them started on the path towards
teaching a Challenge Seminar in the future.

Strategizing Support for Community-Engaged Learning
Time: Tuesday, June 29, 10 am - 2 pm
Online via Zoom (the zoom link will be provided once sign up is complete)
Facilitator: Martin Lang, Communication Studies and Faculty Associate in KCEL for CommunityEngaged Learning

As the College launches a new model of support for community-oriented teaching and research,
this workshop will gather experienced practitioners of community-engaged learning (CEL) to
discuss how the Kendall Center can help faculty, students, and community partners achievetheir best outcomes. Martin Lang, Faculty Associate for Community-Engaged Learning, will discuss recent changes to support for CEL and report on insights gathered from veteran practitioners over the past year. Building on that foundation, participants will turn their attention to strategic planning, plying our collective wisdom to shape this new model in ways best suited to our success. We will discuss needs such as professional development, material resources, assessment, community relations, and other considerations in order to guide the Kendall Center’s approach to effectively supporting new and ongoing CEL work across campus. Intended for faculty with two or more years of CEL experience. Contact Martin Lang
( with questions or requests.

Scholarly Article-Writing
Time: a few meetings throughout the summer
Online via Zoom (the zoom link will be provided once sign up is complete)
Facilitator: Pamela Conners, Communication Studies and Faculty Associate in KCEL for
Research, Scholarship and Creativity

The Kendall Center will also be sponsoring a scholarly article-writing group this summer.
Individuals in this group will meet periodically with the goal of producing a draft of an article by
the end of the summer. Everyone will be provided with a copy of the book, Writing Your Journal
Article in 12 Weeks. The stipend for participating in this group will be $150.



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