The Year in Review

Thursday, April 16, 2009 (Around 6 years ago)

The Year in Review

Below are 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.

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

  • The Kendall Center administers the New Faculty Mentoring Partners Programs, working with all new tenure-track and new continuing appointment faculty.

  • The Teachers Talking series sponsored 19 sessions over the academic year, including the College 101 Series.

  • The Teachers Talking Technology series sponsored six sessions over the academic year, to address faculty needs in that area.

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

  • Curriculum Initiative Grants assisted 11 faculty who are revising or creating new courses linked to two strategic planning initiatives, Leadership and Intercultural Competence.

  • Faculty utilized The Higher Education Grants and eight faculty took advantage of the FTS Curriculum Initiative Grant.

  • 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, “Knowledge Surveys: A Tool for Improving Thinking, Learning, and Assessing.”

  • The Kendall Center sponsored a technology Workshop, “How Information Works: Publishing, Libraries, and the Digital Future.” It introduced faculty to new databases and web tools for use in classes, provided time for faculty to talk with each other about common assigned readings and about using digital information in courses and assignments, and learn about publishing, open access, and copyright issues.

  • More than 120 faculty traveled to professional conferences (14 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.

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 2009 Hall of Fame Class Selected

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2009 inductees include Kerri Pool Foss ‘94, Dan Dohmeier ‘86, Bob Klindworth ‘93, Leisha Johnson Ronning ‘90, C.J. Page ‘91, Scott Anderson ‘92, Jon Lindquist ‘92, Amy McCrea Morrell ‘91, and Steve Wilkinson.

Gustavus Named a Best College and 8th for Best Campus Food

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again a Best College in The Princeton Review’s college ranking guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Also, Gustavus again made the Best Campus Food list. These annual rankings are based solely on input from college students.

Fringe Festival Features Gustavus Theatre and Dance

Since its founding, the Minnesota Fringe Festival has featured the work of hundreds of Gustavus Theatre & Dance students, alumni and faculty. This year is no exception, with a number of performances by alumni and current students across the 11-day festival.