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.

2018 Camp Kendall Summer Workshops

Monday, June 4th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Interpretive Center
Building Resilience as a Community
This workshop, facilitated by Michele Rusinko (Theatre and Dance) provides an introduction to the tools, concepts and principles of resilience offered by current research in the field of Positive Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine. This course is grounded in the Gustavus Wellbeing initiative, which identifies well-being as a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of one's life across multiple dimensions. We will be focusing on both the theory and practice of specific tools and strategies for increasing personal resilience and on the critical role of resonant relationships in building resilience as a community. Participants will gain an understanding of a slice of the current research in the area of resiliency; an understanding of the characteristics of resilient individuals, the role of signature strengths, and the five areas of Post Traumatic Growth; will utilize this information to develop strategies to build their own capacity for resiliency, as well as create more resilient environments in the classroom and other work environments; will develop a greater sense of grounded optimism and an increased understanding of how to cultivate their personal, as well as community, capacity for resiliency. Workshop participants will receive a $150 stipend and meals provided. Maximum of 12 participants. To apply, email Cathy Blaukat (

Tuesday, June 5th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. St. Peter Room
Vocational Reflection: Gustavus and You
Encouraging vocational reflection is one of the priorities in our strategic plan. But what does that mean for you and your teaching? This workshop, facilitated by Marcia Bunge (Religion) and Florence Amamoto (English) will explore how Gustavus’ Lutheran and liberal arts heritage supports the exploration of values and inclusiveness, hear about the experiences of non-Christian faculty, learn about current efforts to improve advising and successful strategies that have been used in classes to support students reflecting on values and life purpose. You will also be given some time to reflect on your own sense of purpose for your teaching and life at Gustavus and to discuss ideas about how you might incorporate more reflection time/reflective exercises into your courses. Learn how Gustavus’ Lutheran and liberal arts heritage supports academic excellence, the exploration of values, and inclusiveness. Hear about the experiences of non-Christian faculty at Gustavus. Learn about strategies for incorporating vocation/social justice/exploration of meaning into courses from faculty and current efforts/opportunities to improve student advising and reflection on values and life purpose. Time for participants to reflect on own sense of purpose for their teaching/life at Gustavus and/or reflect on how they might incorporate more reflection time/exercises into courses. Workshop participants will receive a $150 stipend and meals provided. Maximum of 12 participants. To apply, email Cathy Blaukat (

Tuesday, June 5th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Interpretive Center
Using Case Studies and Partner Perspectives to Launch or Improve Community-Based Learning

This one-day workshop, facilitated by Tonya Kjerland (Community Based Service and Learning) will study the best practices for community-based learning through a case studies approach. Community leaders from the civic, education, and non-profit sectors will share their experiences as collaborators in community-based learning and what works best from their perspectives. Gustavus faculty from multiple disciplines will share different models for community-based learning, how their practices have changed over time, and what they recommend for getting started or improving current CBL classes. Learn what the new Gustavus Civic Action Plan is, and how to become involved. Become familiar with a useful program for CBL instructors called Gustavus Engage. Use open-ended work time to develop or improve your community-based learning course and gain valuable feedback from colleagues. Participants will evaluate advantages and disadvantages of three different models for community-based learning assignments from both a community partner and faculty perspective; describe the purpose of the Gustavus Civic Action Plan and how to become involved; demonstrate ability to use basic functions of Gustavus Engage for the purpose of managing student sign-ups, “impacts” and reflections as part of a community-based learning class; create an initial plan, including student learning outcomes, possible models, and partners for the start-up or improvement of a community-based learning class. Workshop participants will receive a $150 stipend and meals provided. Maximum of 18 participants. To apply, email Cathy Blaukat ( to apply.

Wednesday, June 6th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Interpretive Center

FTS Faculty Renewal Workshop: Writing to Learn and Writing to Communicate
This summer's FTS Renewal Workshop will focus on the writing component of FTS. Our students need to use writing as a way of learning and as a way of communicating with specific audiences. But what kinds of writing assignments best develop these skills? Join Writing Across the Curriculum director Rebecca Fremo for an active, hands-on workshop designed to help you develop informal and formal assignments that are both challenging and useful for FTS students. To register, email Kate ( $150 stipend and meals provided.

Thursday, June 7th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Interpretive Center

Mental Health and Resilience: Walking the line between supporting and accommodating students with mental health concerns and providing a space for them to develop resilience.

Hannah Godbout PsyD LP, Clinical Psychologist in the Gustavus Counseling Center and Kelly Karstad M.S, Accessibility Resources Coordinator in the Gustavus Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement (CARE) are leading a workshop aimed to both inform and explore student mental health. Our student’s mental health symptoms impact not only their own academic performance, but are increasingly a strain on faculty and other college helping systems. We will talk about the demographics of our current students including common mindsets, diagnoses, and perhaps even neurology. We will spend time in discussion around how we can (and cannot) address mental health symptoms, requests for accommodations, and stereotypical “millennial values”. We will help faculty recognize opportunities to prevent stress and poor mental health through instructional design and self-care promotion weaving in restorative practices. We hope that you will walk away with a better understanding of your own preferences, limitations, strengths, and biases and with some concrete tools to use in your classroom. Participant outcomes: An increased understanding of the mental health concerns millennials are presenting with and some evidence-based practices for working with them. An increased understanding of accommodating mental health. A more established sense of your own capabilities, boundaries, and resources for dealing with students in distress. A toolkit that includes talking points for communicating with students presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. Workshop participants will receive a $150 stipend and meals provided. Maximum of 20 participants. To apply, email Cathy Blaukat (

Friday, June 8th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Interpretive Center
Assessing Intercultural Learning in Gustavus Faculty-Led Study Away Programs

This workshop, facilitated by Roger Adkins (CICE) and Provost Office, addresses the need for a Gustavus-specific model to assess intercultural student learning outcomes (SLOs) in our own, faculty-led study away programs, including both J-Term single courses and our Signature Programs in India, Malaysia, and Sweden. While our study away programs also have discipline-specific SLOs and other targeted SLOs that apply only to certain programs (e.g., SLOs for CBL components in Peru; SLOs for wellness components in the Olympic Quest program), we are hoping that all of our study away programs help our students develop greater intercultural understanding and capacities for cooperating with people of other cultural backgrounds. We will begin the day with a discussion of the core principles of assessing intercultural learning in the study-away context as well as current best practices in the field, considering examples from other institutions. We will then use our workshopping time to try drafts of Gustavus intercultural SLOs and a corresponding assessment rubric to students’ self-reflective writing examples from three of our J-term 2018 courses (the faculty leaders of these three courses have volunteered to particulate in this process). By the end of the day, we will be engaging in a brief meta-level review of our draft assessment tools, tweaking and fine-tuning them in preparation for a ‘beta' round of study away assessment in 2018-19 (and with an aspiration of fully implemented study away assessment in 2019-20). The group will determine useful and practical ways to apply intercultural learning principles and best practices in the context of Gustavus study away programming and will test and refine prepared drafts of intercultural SLOs and a corresponding assessment-scoring rubric. Participants will be conversant with the principles of intercultural learning in study away contexts, will understand how a campus-specific student learning assessment tool is designed and tested, and be able to apply skills gained in participating in this process in other assessment-of-learning contexts. Workshop participants will receive a $150 stipend and meals provided. Limited space available; please email expressions of interest to Cathy Blaukat ( CICE and Provost Office will be in touch after April 20. 


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