Monday, December 5

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Sabbatical Report Presentation:  Steve Warren presents "Rethinking Place & Identity in American Indian Histories"
Wilson Center

Tuesday, December 6

10:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Maggie Blackburn, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

Wednesday, December 7

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

Thursday, December 8

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Steve Cagan "Can the environmental and cultural treasure of El Chocó be saved--for the residents and for us?"
Centennial Hall

Friday, December 9

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation
Wilson Center

Saturday, December 10

Sunday, December 11


Volume 9, Issue 15 - December 5, 2011


December 9, 2011
"The Possibilities of J-Term: Teaching One Class at a Time"

On December 9th we're happy to host a colleague from Cornell College. Cornell, as you may know, operates on its own unique calendar: single courses, offered for three weeks at a time, over the year. To help us imagine how a substantive J term might work at Augustana, Dr. Melinda Green (Psychology) will talk to us about what it's like to plan single courses during a concentrated period of time.

Refreshments start at 3:30
Talk at 4:00


Meet the Editor! Book event with Kathleen S. Hurty, Ph.D.

 Thursday, December 8, 2011, 4:30 p.m., 2nd floor south, Tredway Library

Co-editor of the new book Women, Spirituality and Transformative
Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power (SkyLight Paths, 2011), Kathleen Hurty
will introduce her book, read a short selection, and demonstrate how sacred
circles work. Kathleen will also sign books which will be available for $20
(cash or checks). Refreshments, too! Please join us for a thoughtful and
enlightening hour.

Kathleen is a teaching fellow in leadership studies at Pacific Lutheran
Theological Seminary, a consultant for the Council for the Parliament of
the World's Religions, and an educator and public speaker.

Booklist's starred review says, " Blending the interdisciplinary
approaches of a Buddhist nun, Certified Listening Professional, teaching
fellow at Lutheran Theological Seminary, and cofounder of Gather the Women
Global Matrix, the four editors have twined their wisdom with those of the
outstanding contributors to this essay collection to create a dynamic
conversation about women's spiritual leadership power."


"Worth A Thousand Words: Nineteenth Century British Illustrated Books"
For many years, books for people of all ages included illustrations along with the text. Such images are often unfamiliar to most of today's readers because, whether for scholarly or economic reasons, most of these books are printed today without the illustrations that originally accompanied them. This is unfortunate because many of these illustrations are great works of art and illuminate their accompanying text. The nineteenth century in Britain was a golden era for book illustration, producing some of the most important and beautiful illustrated books ever made. This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to see text and image together. It features illustrated editions of works by authors such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, and illustrators including Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank, and Walter Crane.

Presidential Research Fellowship
Eligibility: All tenure-track and tenured faculty
Deadline: December 15
Notification: January 15; funding disbursed July and August

Presidential Research Fellowships are intended to support faculty research, scholarship and artistic work at Augustana. The fellowships will pay up to $4,000 for a faculty research project to be undertaken in the summer. Up to $750 is available for travel and expenses. The proposal should constitute a new area of research, a new area of an existing research agenda, or support for substantial, ongoing work. Proposals are invited in any of the four areas of scholarship: discovery, teaching, integration and application (outlined by Ernest Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered) as well as in artistic work. Proposals are competitive and will be reviewed and ranked by an off-campus evaluator. Priority will be given to faculty who were not awarded a Presidential Research Fellowships in the previous year. Faculty members who have summer research funding as part of their contracts in a given year are not eligible for Presidential Research Fellowships in that year. PRF funds are available only to tenured and tenure-track faculty.
Click HERE for the full announcement.


Pilot proposals due in Dean's Office: January 16, 2012
Faculty or teams intending to apply, notify Dean Lawrence by December 19, 2011

The Academic Affairs Office welcomes proposals from faculty to design and implement innovative, enhanced teaching and learning environments for our students. What we mean by this are those teaching and learning environments that help students put their knowledge in context, apply what they've learned, and/or engage the community in providing a service or developing local knowledge. Projects may be proposed by a single faculty member or a team of faculty members. We invite you to imagine the possibilities and to talk with colleagues about creating a learning experience for students that will engage them and you in an integrated, interdisciplinary, and project-oriented experience. We hope to offer two new opportunities for students each year.

This call for proposals stems from the faculty's recent success in developing two immersion terms as part of our ongoing work with the MALLA consortium and the Teagle Foundation.[1] While our grant work will be completed in 2012, we want to continue to encourage faculty to think about new ways to engage our students.

Faculty participants will be expected to devote their summer to planning their experiences, and will be paid a $1500 stipend for that work. Experiences should be targeted to first years, sophomores, and/or juniors, and should fulfill several requirements, e.g., major courses and/or general education credit. Once approved by the Academic Affairs office, proposals will proceed through the normal channels of faculty governance. We will work with departments and programs on issues of logistics and program needs.

Pilot proposals are due in the Dean's Office by January 16, 2012. We also ask that faculty or teams intending to apply notify the Dean in writing of their intention to submit a proposal by December 19, 2011.

You will find a list detailing what will qualify as an enhanced teaching and learning project as well as an outline of the guidelines for proposals HERE. If you would like to talk over any ideas or questions, please contact Margaret Farrar.

[1] As part of the Teagle grant, two faculty teams from Augustana developed two 12-credit, interdisciplinary immersion term courses: Hydrobiology (Kevin Geedey and Reuben Heine) and Neurophilosophy (Ian Harrington and Heidi Storl). Each immersion term was taught by two faculty members from two different departments for a trimester, and included student research, field trips, on-campus speakers, and on-site experiential learning opportunities. The courses were offered in Fall 2010-11 and again in 2011-12. You can read more about the immersion terms here:

Summer Research Fellowships
Application Deadline: January 20, 2012

Augustana Student Summer Research Fellowships will again be available for the summer of 2012. These fellowships include a summer stipend plus expenses for a student to do some type of original research under the direction of a faculty member. These awards include a stipend of up to $3,000 plus expenses. For details, deadlines and application information, go to the Moodle home page and at the bottom, type in summer research in the search box.
If you have any questions, please contact Bill Hammer, x7487.



The deadline for any program proposal for a study abroad program or domestic off-campus study program for the 2013-2014 academic year has been moved from December 16th until January 9th to allow faculty the Winter break to finalize their proposals. Program proposals can be for any of the following:

1. A term or half-term (domestic or international ) program using a team of Augustana faculty or a combination of Augustana faculty and 3rd party providers. (ex. East Asia, Holden, Brazil )

2. A summer language immersion or other program type (domestic or international) (ex. Spanish in the Andes, Rocky Mountain Geology, Lit & Music in Paris)

3. An on-campus course which includes a travel component during Fall, Winter or Spring Break or in early summer. (ex. Religion in Rome, Classics in Greece, etc.)

4. A for-credit program fully contained within a term break (ex. Nicaragua Spring Break programs of recent years.)

If you are interested in leading a program in 2013-2014, please schedule a meeting with Allen Bertsche in the next few weeks so he can assist you with the proposal process.

If you have lead a program and wish to repeat it, the same basic principles apply as with new programs, save that you can focus your proposal on the new or altered components of the original program.. If you are planning to lead a program that is running this year or has run any prior year, you must reapply with a proposal. Only programs which are offered each academic year do not need to reapply if they wish to run in 2013-2014.

Questions: Please call Allen Bertsche or Jane Tiedge (International) and Laura Mahn (Domestic) are also available for questions.


Midwest Faculty Seminar Presents "Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man"
January 19-21, 2012
Chicago, IL
DEADLINE TO CONTACT DEAN LAWRENCE: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Again this year Augustana College will participate in the Midwest Faculty Seminars sponsored by the University of Chicago. Participation permits the College to send two faculty members to any single seminar. Below are the dates and titles of the four 2011-12 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Pareena Lawrence.

2011-2012 Topics:

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - contact Pareena Lawrence by 12-14-11
January 19-21, 2012

Participants of Invisible Man will be attending the world premier stage production of the very first authorized stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man at the University of Chicago's Court Theater. The work was adapted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Oren Jacoby, who will be speaking at the conference alongside John Callahan, literary executor of the Ellison estate. Performances will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Midwest Faculty Seminar hopes to attend as a group on Friday night, January 20. Tickets are paid at the box office and are between $25 and $40. Participants will be contacted if a group rate has been secured. Midwest Faculty Seminar will continue to add participants to the seminar until January 5, 2012, but they cannot guarantee theatre tickets after the December 20, 2011 registration deadline date.

Death and the Politics of Life
February 23-25, 2012

Alternative Modernities
April 5-7, 2012



Call For Papers
Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011

The Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research would like to invite all undergraduate students from any ACM institution to submit manuscripts from any discipline to be considered for publication in the journal's 2012 issue.
Works may be submitted to:
 Submissions may be from any discipline as long as they are research based.
 May use any standard citation style
 300-word Abstract (5-50 pages in length)
 Accompanying your submission you must provide the following information:
 Name
 School/Graduating Class
 Major
 Discipline of paper
 State what citation style is used
 Daytime Phone Number
 Email Address
 Mailing Address
 The name and contact information of a sponsoring professor
For questions you may contact:


LSFY Meetings
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wilson Center

Monday, January 16, 2012 (week 7)
Monday, February 6, 2012 (week 10)
Monday, March 19, 2012 (week 3)
Monday, April 16, 2012 (week 7)
Monday, May 7, 2012 (week 10)

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center
Thursday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Thursday, January 12, 2012
11:30 - 12:30

Thursday, February 2, 2012
11:00 - 12:00

Full Faculty Meetings

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Olin Auditorium

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
January 19, 2012
April 5, 2012

Fine & Performing Arts Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature Old Main 125
Natural Science Hanson Science 102
History, Philosophy & Religion Old Main 332
Business & Education Evald 315
Social Sciences 1/19/12 - Old Main 122
4/5/12 - Evald 113