Monday, September 24

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Nizhny Novgorod Institute meeting for faculty
Augustana has an agreement of cooperation with the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management & Business (NIMB) in Russia. Faculty are invited to join Dr. Olga Ponomareva and Dr. Liudmila Lazareva to talk about research collaboration with NIMB,  including possible publication and participation in conference presentations at NIMB
Olin 105 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting
Wilson Center 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  "Rome: Season 1, Episode 4: Stealing from Saturn"
Free admission
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Tuesday, September 25

8:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Moodle Basics
RSPV to Shawn Beattie x7647
Olin 109 

9:15 AM - Salon
Dr. Norm Moline will join us as we discuss tourism, globalization, and local cultures, with special attention to the cases of Hawaii and Appalachia. (Background material is present on our Moodle page: scroll down until you see "Students" -- click there and you'll see the Salon page.)  
Black Culture House 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Eric Pease, '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Enrollment, admission and financial assistance session: "Shifting sand, leaking funnels and stealth applicants: A discussion of contemporary trends in student recruitment and the modern-day funnel"
Feel free to bring your lunch
Olin 304 

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Russia as a Market
Dr. Olga Ponomareva and Dr. Liudmila Lazareva, from the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management & Business (NIMB) in Russia present.
Olin 109 

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Wednesday, September 26

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Enrollment, admission and financial assistance session: "What happens in Seminary Hall: A discussion of Augustana's recruitment and admissions practices and processes"
Feel free to bring your lunch
Olin 304 

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Adventures of the Promise", tracking God's promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and asking how those promises intersect with our lives. Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
John Deere Lecture Hall

Thursday, September 27

9:00 AM - 3:45 PM - Symposium Day: What does it mean to be a citizen? The first of three all-campus Symposium Days will address the topic of civic engagement. Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, will present a keynote address at 10:30 AM.

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Dr. Reuben A. Heine, associate professor of geography, will speak on "Learning From Levees: How They Affect Water Levels," at the Upper Mississippi River Conference. The conference runs Sept. 26-28, sponsored by River Action,  with the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
$149 conference fee
Stoney Creek Inn, 101 18th Street, Moline, Illinois

4:30 PM - Faculty Research Forum
4:00 PM - Refreshments
Dahl Room, College Center 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: "Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
Olin Auditorium 

Friday, September 28

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Blue & Gold Certification: Basic Mac Instruction
RSVP to Kristina Jansson x7476
Sorensen 104 

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Enrollment, admission and financial assistance session:  "A look behind the curtain: A discussion of financial assistance and how financial assistance influences recruitment and enrollment"
Feel free to bring your lunch
Olin 304

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Blue & Gold Certification: Basic Mac Instruction
RSVP to Kristina Jansson x7476
Sorensen 104 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "What the Best College Students Do"
presented by Mindi Mull
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center

1:00 and 7:30 PM - Ballet Quad Cities presents "Dracula"
Renowned artist Domingo Rubio will dance the lead role in Ballet Quad Cities performance of "Dracula." Deanne Carter, the ballet's resident choreographer, created the choreography and music collage for the performances. The ballet loosely follows Bram Stoker's "Dracula."  
For ticket information, please call 309-786-3779
Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 

Saturday, September 29

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Students of Dr. Richard C. Anderson (1930-2009) will present a symposium of talks on geology in honor of his life, teaching, work and the impact he had on students.
John Deere Planetarium & Carl Gamble Observatory, John Deere Lecture Hall 

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Fall Visit Day
Carver Center 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Jordbruksdagarna (Agriculture Days)
The Henry County village of Bishop Hill celebrates its agrarian heritage today and Sunday, featuring traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, vintage baseball, and Colony stew."  Bishop Hill was the site of a utopian religious community founded in 1846 by Swedish pietist Eric Janson (1808-1850) and his followers. Many consider the Jansonist emigration as the beginning of Swedish America.
Bishop Hill State Historic Site, 304 Bishop Hill Road, Bishop Hills, Illinois  

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Michelle Crouch, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Sunday, September 30

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 6 - September 24, 2012


Faculty Needs Assessment 2012

Thank you for participating in the Faculty Needs Assessment for 2012. We received 100 responses; you can see the results for yourself HERE, or visit the ACTL Moodle site (found under Departments and Other Groups/Faculty).

Before summarizing what we have planned thus far, I'd like to ask for your help in developing additional Friday Conversations (or other sorts of workshops) on teaching, mentoring, and research/publication.  To this end, please let me know your areas of expertise so that I am not always calling on "the usual suspects." You can fill out this short form (or just shoot me an email) letting me know what you have to share with the campus in regards to professional development. DO NOT BE SHY OR MODEST.

Here's a summary of our current programming:

As in the past, learning how to incorporate active learning strategies into our classes is high on the list of priorities in the Faculty Needs survey; 87% of faculty respondents expressed interest in this. In what I am sure will be the first of several sessions from different colleagues on this topic, Mindi Mull (Psychology) will be offering her insights from the workshop led by Ken Bain that she attended in a Friday Conversation scheduled for this week.

73% of faculty said that they were very or somewhat interested in learning more about "mentoring individual or small group research projects." This is not surprising given that so many of us are involved in advising and directing SI projects now. We began our discussion of this with a Friday Conversation hosted by the Student Research Committee on September 14; look for an updated website listing new funding opportunities for student-faculty research in the coming weeks. To further our conversation about best practices in undergraduate student research, Ellen Hay and I are planning a mini-conference this spring (probably in April, date TBA) where we'll invite faculty from regional colleges and universities to talk about how they structure and mentor student work, so that we can learn from each other --and get to know folks working through some of the same issues that we are.

65% of faculty said that they were very or somewhat interested in having more training on student advising. To this end, we've planned three Friday conversations this year dealing with student advising (September 7, January 18, and April 5). In addition, the Office of International and Off Campus Programs and the Multicultural Services Office are  teaming up to offer two more sessions on Understanding International & Multicultural Students. The dates are Monday, November 26th and Thursday, November 29th. 

Faculty also expressed a great deal of interest in learning more about how to do teaching and performance evaluation; Faculty Welfare will be sponsoring a Friday Conversation on this topic on October 12; look for other sessions on preparing pre-tenure and promotion materials.  The Office of International and Office Campus Programs will be hosting a Friday Conversation on "taking students with you" (i.e., planning off campus trips from the ground up) on December 7.

Please keep sending me ideas for the kinds of talks and workshops you'd like to see! And enjoy this gorgeous fall weather.