The Year in Review

Monday, May 12, 2008 (Around 7 years ago)

The Year in Review

Below, we report on some of the ways faculty have participated in Kendall Center faculty professional development programs this year; the Kendall Center looks forward to a new year of providing opportunities for faculty in their scholarship, research, creative work, and their teaching.

• Our fifth Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop, held in June, focused on The Student as Scholar: Enhancing Research and Creative Practices and brought faculty together from across the campus. One of the many positive outcomes of the workshop was the inaugural Celebration of Creative Inquiry.

• The Kendall Center continues to plan and host New Faculty Orientation and on-going orientation sessions, and we continue to host Faculty Development Day.

• This year, the Kendall Center assumed responsibility for the New Faculty Mentoring Partners Programs, working with all new tenure-track and new continuing appointment faculty.

• Our Teachers Talking series sponsored 11 sessions over the academic year, including two focused on books in our give-away program, Excellence without a Soul and Mountains Beyond Mountains. This year, we added a new series, Teachers Talking Technology to address faculty needs in that area.

• Several individual faculty and departments took advantage of the minigrant program, including the Global Faculty program, to enhance their teaching and student learning.

• The scholarship of teaching and learning continues to be an interesting topic for faculty who are engaged in SoTL work at various levels and across the disciplines and at all levels of experience. Growing interest in SoTL was evidenced by the attendance at the workshop, “Fit for Public Consumption: Strategies for Sharing Your Studies on Learning” and the recent Faculty Shop Talk presentation of SoTL projects.

• We sponsored and/or partnered with other programs or offices for several special programs for faculty: Fulbright Scholars Workshop, “Diversity in the Sciences: Creating a Climate of Success, with Academic Advising to sponsor conversations about our students and the challenges of advising and with the Career Center on “Writing Good Letters of Recommendation.”

• Seven faculty attended the “Network Summer” program at New York University in June 2007, participating in workshops on topics ranging from teaching business ethics to global women’s movements to cosmopolitan literature.

• More than 110 faculty traveled to professional conferences (eight internationally), either to present their scholarly work or to learn new ideas from other scholars in their fields. This past year also marked an increase in the amount of funding for faculty presenting at conferences.

• We introduced Curriculum Initiative Grants, to assist faculty who are revising or creating new courses linked to two strategic planning initiatives, Leadership and Intercultural Competence.

• We premiered a new publication, Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creativity 2006 and 2007 as a way to celebrate the professional accomplishments of faculty.

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