Monday, October 8

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  Rome: Season 1 Episode 5: "The Ram Has Touched the Wall"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, October 9

9:30 - 10:30 AM - The Salon: Dr. Bohdan Dziadyk on vegetarianism
Black Culture House   

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

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

Wednesday, October 10

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 

2:30 - 3:30 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Google Drive
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109 

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Cheri Bustos, Democratic candidate for Congress from Illinois 17th District (Rock Island), will speak. Bustos is runnning against incombent Bobby Schilling
Olin 201 

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Talent Show
Centennial Hall 

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Read Local: Laura Hartman, author of The Christian Corner
Bettendorf Single Room, Bettendorf Public Library,  2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA

Thursday, October 11

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

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Excel Basics
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Department Chairs meeting
Olin Auditorium 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Staff and Faculty Literary Reading
Saga, Augustana's Art & Literary Magazine, will sponsor the fourth annual staff and faculty reading as part of Homecoming Week. Staff and faculty will read from their own work or a favorite writer.
Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 

6:00 PM - Psychology Department presents 2012 JE Wallace Wallin Memorial Lecture: Dr. Adam Zeman presents "Syndromes of Transient Amnesia"
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:   "Amelie"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Friday, October 12

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM - Build-a-sundae in honor of Homecoming 2012 Building Spirit!
Everyone is welcome
Lower Quad (bottom of Tredway Library stairs)
(in the event of rain, the event will take place in the College Center Lounge, 2nd floor) 

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Sabbatical Report Presentations: Jon Hurty "Choral Singing in China and Tanzania" and John Pfautz "Church Music in Ghana and Nigeria"
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building 

4:00 PM- Homecoming Weekend Begins

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Classroom Observations for Enjoyment and Improvement  
presented by Steve Klien
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Coronation and Sing
Centennial Hall 

7:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

Saturday, October 13

7:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

Sunday, October 14

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Homecoming Sunday Tour of Augustana College Art Museum
Sherry Maurer, director of the art museum, will lead an informal discussion on the current exhibitions
Art Museum, Centennial Hall 

1:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

2:00 PM - The Chronicles of Lincoln and Grant
Dan Lee (Religion) will moderate a discussion after the performance of "The Chronicles of Lincoln and Grant."
Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 2131 11th St., Moline, IL 

Volume 10, Issue 8 - October 8, 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.