Monday, December 12

Sabbatical talk
Steve Warren, "Rethinking Place and Identity in American Indian Histories"
Wilson Center 

Interpreting the IDEA SRI
4:00 p.m.
Olin 202


Tuesday, December 13

10:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Laura Hartman, Religion
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

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


Thursday, December 15

10:30 - 11:20 - Annual Augustana Christmas Convocation
Centennial Hall


Friday, December 16

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Celebration!
3:30 - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Volume 9, Issue 16 - December 12, 2011


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.

Submission to a peer-reviewed journal-or the equivalent for an artistic project-is normally expected within a year (by July the following year); in disciplines where such a deadline is inappropriate, please include a date for submission in the proposal. A report on the research, a copy of the letter of submission, and a copy of the paper will be due at the same time. Publication or acceptance within 18 months of August 15th of the year the award was granted will result in an additional $1,000 stipend.

Guidelines Proposals should address the specific nature and scope of the research, as well as its likely audience. Proposals should be no more than five pages, including a detailed budget for any expenses and a description of the proposed venue for publication or performance. External readers will evaluate proposals and make a recommendation. Submit proposals to Margaret Farrar in Academic Affairs.

Responsibilities of the Grantee

If you have received PRF funds in the past five years, please indicate in your proposal if and where the project resulted in publication. Presidential Research Fellows will be expected to do a substantial portion of the search on campus through the summer of the award, unless the research calls them away from the area. Presidential Research Fellows will not be eligible for summer teaching other than travel courses lasting no more than two weeks. A report on the research, a copy of the letter of submission, and a copy of the paper will be due to the Dean of the College within a year of the award money being dispersed. Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work.


Reminder: Grant for Innovative Teaching and Learning Experiences

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. 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 attached. If you would like to talk over any ideas or questions, Margaret Farrar is happy to help.

We look forward to your proposals.


Reminder: Nominate your best student for the Hasselmo Prize
Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit

Established by Dr. Nils Hasselmo, Class of 1957, in recognition of the ways in which his Augustana education both informed and transformed his life and vocational calling, this prize funds a yearly award (up to $5,000) to enrich the experience of a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and who expresses an intent to pursue higher education teaching and/or research as a vocation.

This award is intended to be in addition to any financial assistance the student is receiving and not in place of existing student financial assistance. Upon selection, the recipient will be asked to meet with the dean and draft a plan for how prize funding will be used toward the pursuit of higher education teaching and/or research as a vocational goal. For example, funds from the prize can used to support student research or creative endeavors, attend professional meetings, travel to special collections, laboratories or other resources, or any unique academically rigorous opportunity not typically available. The prize must be used during the 2012-2013 school year (including summer, 2012).

Nominations for these awards should be made by department chairs. The chair should discuss the student's academic record and his/her potential for a future academic position in higher education. Preference will be given to applicants who will be seniors in the fall of 2012. Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by Monday, January 9, 2012. The dean and associate deans will determine the recipient.

The selection will be announced at the 2012 Undergraduate Honors Convocation. The recipient is expected to report on his/her experience at the 2012-13 Celebration of Learning and submit a one-page written summary to the Office of Advancement by May 1, 2013.


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