Monday, October 22

8:00 - 8:30 AM - Clogustana Performance
Lower Quad in front of Olin 

4:30 PM - High School Chamber Festival Concert
Centennial Hall 

7:30 PM -Pre-Presidential Debate Discussion
8:00  - 9:30 PM - Debate Coverage
9:30 - Brief Post-Debate Discussion
Olin 109 

Tuesday, October 23

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Flu Shots
Free for Augustana Health Plan participants; $20 for non-participants
Chicago Room, College Center, 2nd floor

9:45 AM - Guiding Life Wellness Program Open Forum
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor 

10:45 AM - Guiding Life Wellness Program Open Forum
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Peter Kivisto, Sociology Dept.
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

2:00 PM - Guiding Life Wellness Program Open Forum
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor  

2:00 PM - 15th annual fall Frieze Lecture Series on the theme "What the Dickens?"
Karin Youngberg will provide an overview of the life and work of Charles Dickens, setting the table for the Series' consideration of Dickens' place in literature and history 
Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 

4:30 - 7:30 PM - Harvest Buffet
College Center Dining Room 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Hallowdreen
Trick-or-treat open to children (ages 0-12) of Augie's staff, faculty and administration
Andreen Hall 

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

Wednesday, October 24

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 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: Google Forms (surveys)
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

5:00 - 6:00 PM - After Hours Poetry and Prose
Students and faculty are invited for a weekly hour of ungraded creative writing.
Sorensen Hall Break Room/Lounge  

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Augustana's Haunted History Tour

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Thursday, October 25

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

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: Google Apps Basic
RSPV to Kristina Jansson  x7476
Olin 109

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Augustana Wellness Team's Poker Walk
The Slough Path (starting by Denkmann Hall) 

6:00 - 9:00 PM - College Night at the Figge: Maximum Exposure
Free admission for college students, faculty and staff. The theme Maximum Exposure, through photo, video, dance and social media opportunities, celebrates the exhibition "Posing Beauty."
Create and view submissions for the College Night YouTube Video contest that poses the questions "What makes you beautiful?" and "What makes other people beautiful?" VISA gift cards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. For more information, visit the Figge YouTube channe
Figge Museum, 225 W 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa 

6:30 - 8:00 PM - A Night of Explosions, Color Changes, and Toothpaste?
Augustana chemistry students and faculty will perform exciting chemistry demonstrations. All ages are welcome.
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday. Family and friends remember those who have died. Altars will be outside Ascension Chapel and one in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.
Casa Latina

Friday, October 26

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - College Learning Outcomes Statements presented by the Assessment Committee
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 - 10:00 PM - Augustana Choir and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble Fall Concert
Centennial Hall 

Saturday, October 27

2:00 PM Augustana Concert Band Concert
Centennial Hall 

4:00 PM - Student Recital-Brooke Randazzo, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

7:00 PM - Pianist Leon Bates, Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist, will perform
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Concert
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, October 28

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 10 - October 22, 2012

Announcements & Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Andreen Residence Hall

Andreen residents and the North Region Council members cordially invite all faculty and staff and their children to the annual HALLO-DREEN  celebration--a trick-or-treat event open to children (ages 0-12) of Augie's staff, faculty and administration. Participating Andreen residents decorate the halls with child-friendly themes and hand out candy and other treats to those who visit. In addition, complimentary snacks, simple craft projects, and a family-friendly Halloween movie for kids and families to enjoy will be provided.  Hope to see you there!



College Night at the Figge: Maximum Exposure
October 25, 2012
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Figge Museum, 225 W. Second Street, Davenport, IA 

College Night offers free admission for college students, faculty and staff. The theme Maximum Exposure, through photo, video, dance and social media opportunities, celebrates the exhibition "Posing Beauty."

Create and view submissions for the College Night YouTube Video contest that poses the questions "What makes you beautiful?" and "What makes other people beautiful?" VISA gift cards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. For more information, visit the Figge YouTube channel.




Wednesday, November 7, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (with lunch) 
Olin Auditorium 

Thanks to those of you who've already participated in discussions at the faculty retreat and during Friday Conversation on academic strategic planning. The Office of Academic Affairs wants to have faculty interests and desires reflected in the next strategic plan, and these conversations will help ensure that this happens.

Our next step in the planning process is to further refine and define the broad vision for Augustana faculty and students that we developed through the last conversations. We hope that faculty will be able to attend a planning session on Wednesday, November 7th from 9:00 - noon (with lunch). (Yes, we realize it's during break. No, it's not "required." But we hope that many people will be able to attend.) For those who want to participate but cannot attend the session, please feel free to make an appointment with Pareena Lawrence or email her to discuss your ideas.

Our goal at this session will be to discuss ways in which we can focus on and sharpen these relatively broad ideas into more well-defined goals and strategies. This includes defining what we want andhow it relates to the vision, and creating a set of goals, strategies and structures that will be needed to accomplish these goals. We will be working towards creating a cohesive and succinct case-making statement for our priorities including a robust rationale statement for why these initiatives are important for Augustana's future.

Five priorities will be discussed. Please use the shared google document to sign up for your working group preference.

Please note that the two working groups on Advising and Mentoring and Faculty Development Initiatives are already working on ways to improve advising and mentoring experiences and on ways to realize our faculty vision. In addition, our General Education committee is working on ways to better connect our vision of a liberal arts education with our students and their families and EPC will work on ways to strengthen our Senior Inquiry Program. Faculty Senate as been asked to consider examining our current governance (committees)and divisional structure.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Olin 305

Work on the teaching methods and styles section titled "Stimulating Student Interest" will be the focus of this workshop. Specifically, hone in on how one might increase the degree to which our teaching approach "inspires students to set and achieve goals which really challenge them" and "stimulates students to intellectual effort beyond that required of most courses" (never mind for a second the inherent problems with this question if taken to its inevitable conclusion - sort of like how 75% of adults think that they are smarter than average).

In order to get the most out of this workshop, please do three things:

  1. Review your IDEA feedback reports from the last year, looking specifically at your students responses to those two questions and their connections to the objectives that you chose.  You will probably want to bring your reports to the workshop as references.
  2. Read the IDEA short papers on both items linked below.  You might even have a look at some of the other pieces linked within these two IDEA papers.
  3. Come to the workshop with a particular section of a class or even a particular assignment in a class that you feel could benefit from an increase in students' responses to these items.  I suspect that we all have lots of possibilities here - just pick one that you are willing to talk openly about within a small group of your peers.  

A draft outline for the workshop is this:

First, a short review of the concepts behind the two questions, the principles behind making this stuff happen, and the challenges that make this hard to do in practice.

Second, some small group discussions that focus on working together to apply the principles underneath these items to your specific courses and the activities that you picked to bring to the workshop.

Third, a larger group discussion in which we talk about some of the challenges in applying these principles, the discoveries that we stumbled upon as we talked about our work, and the observations you have made as a result of these conversations.

The goal of this workshop is that each person leaves with what they believe is a tangible improvement for the section of the class or particular assignment that you brought to the conversation AND some sense of how you might apply this same process to other sections of your courses or specific assignments.




All new LSFY103, Learning Perspective, Suffix, and LC proposals you are scheduled to teach during SPRING TERM  must be submitted electronically by noon on Monday of week 1, winter term.

All other course proposals  must be submitted electronically by noon on Friday of week 1, winter term.
Detailed information on the course approval process can be found at:  

To navigate to the course approval process site, click on the Academics tab from the homepage, under Resources click Dean's Office, then  Resources for Faculty, then course approval process.
Please contact Kristin Douglas with your questions.



What is Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is an enrichment program for high school students. The goal of the program is to bring high school students to campus for a week during the summer for engaging learning experiences. Ideally, students who attend the Academy will build strong connections to Augustana faculty and students and will apply for admission during their senior year.

Students participating in the program stay in the dorms, take a course, and participate in organized group activities in the evening.  This year, we are going to add informational sessions discussing what to look for in a college, and the college application process. We are also going to discuss what the liberal arts are, and how a liberal arts education is different than other types of college experiences.

When is Summer Academy?

Students will arrive on campus on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Courses will run June 24-June 28.

What types of courses do student take?

Short answer: It depends. What do you want to offer?

Longer answer: Courses last year ranged from CSI:Augustana to Mid-River Writers toDance: Music Made Visible. Eleven courses were offered last year, and 175 high school students enrolled. Courses can last one, three, or five days. The instructor(s) decides the length of the course. Students are in class with instructors from 9am-4pm, with a break for lunch.

Would I get paid?

Yes, faculty earn a stipend for teaching the course. Each course must be cost neutral, meaning that the cost of the supplies required, transportation, guest speakers, faculty stipend, etc must be less than or equal to student tuition for the program. I'll organize a meeting to discuss budgets with interested faculty, soon.

I'm interested! What do I do next?

It's simple. Email Kristin Douglas, and we'll start discussing your course ideas.

Summer School is only 7 months away, and it is time to start planning!




The Office of Academic Affairs is implementing two structural changes to Summer School policies beginning with the 2013 Summer Session.

  1. Summer school faculty compensation rates will be determined on a three year cycle.
  2. A minimum enrollment of four students must be attained by noon May 24, 2013 or courses will be cancelled. Faculty will not be compensated on a sliding scale for teaching fewer than four students.

These policy changes were announced to Department and Program Chairs during the Fall Retreat. The rationale for these changes is that over the past five years, between 38% and 74% of our summer course offerings have been taught as under-enrolled courses (fewer than four students per course) at reduced rates of faculty pay. Decisions of whether courses will be taught as under-enrolled sections are made shortly before summer courses start, and students are caught in situations where their courses are cancelled with little notice to find alternate courses. In addition, courses with one or two students each might impact the pedagogy and student learning in the course and might not be the best use of faculty time. These guidelines seek to minimize student frustration with cancelled courses while at the same time fully recognizing faculty effort to teach summer school courses.

We are asking departments to carefully and intentionally identify potential course offerings that represent courses which cause bottlenecks in the major, have high interest, and are most likely to meet the minimum enrollment number of four students. Recent enrollment trends demonstrate courses which fulfill general education requirements are the most likely to meet minimum enrollment standards. Additionally, we ask that all faculty in the department be given opportunities to teach summer school courses on a rotating basis.

All on-campus course proposals must be submitted by your Department Chair by Friday, December 14Please submit your course proposals to your Department Chair.  Any new course offerings and/or new LP or suffix additions to courses must be approved by faculty governance before being proposed as a summer course.

The summer session runs from June 3, 2013 through June 28, 2013. 

Please contact Kristin Douglas with any questions.




All new programs and any program repeating on a three-year cycle should turn in full program proposals if they are interested in running their program in the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline for any program proposal (electronic copy, please) for a study abroad program or domestic off-campus study program for 2014-2015 will be due to Allen Bertsche by Monday, January 7, 2013, the first day of post Winter-break classes.

Information on what should be included in a program proposal is available HERE. All proposals will be reviewed by the IOSC committee and program directors will be asked to attend a January or February meeting of IOSC to present their proposal.

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 Village, Brazil ) Half- term programs have traditionally been during Winter Term, but this is not an absolute rule.
  2. A summer language immersion or other program type.  (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).

Any 5-day or longer travel experience which does not offer academic credit is exempt from IOSC committee review.  If you are planning such an opportunity, you should schedule an appointment to speak with Allen Bertsche, but you do not need to develop and submit a formal program proposal.

All new programs should also turn in a program proposal, including short travel programs, summer and terms abroad.  If you are interested in leading a program in 2014-2015, you are advised you to schedule a meeting with Allen Bertsche for assistance 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. Programs due for review on a 3 year cycle are:  Fall Term in London, Winter Term in Brazil, Winter Term in Vietnam.

Programs running on a 2-year cycle (For 2014-2015 this includes Jamaica, Norway and Religion in Rome) may turn in a brief report in the Fall of 2013.  For details on this brief report, just contact Allen Bertsche after the program has run this year.




As you know, preparations are getting underway for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. One of the things we need to accomplish is an archive of all current faculty CVs.  Please email a copy of your current CV to Steve Klien, Chair of Faculty Welfare Committee, at your earliest convenience.


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 2012-2013 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Margaret Farrar.

November 8-11, 2012

Registration deadline is Thursday, October 25, 2012
Deadline to get approval from Margaret Farrar:  October 15, 2012

J.M. Coetzee has long been a towering figure in the postcolonial canon. Few of his novels have garnered as much attention, however, as has his last South African novel, Disgrace. The story of an aging English professor and the aftermath of an ill-advised tryst, it is also a searing engagement with the politics of South Africa's post-apartheid transition and the complexities and traumas inherent therein. This seminar considers Disgrace as a text of that transition, focusing on heretofore under-discussed aspects of the novel and the questions with which it deals, such as its relation to Romanticism and the Russian novel, its importance to the history of the pastoral in South Africa, and the implications of its treatment of sexual violence for changing conceptions of rape under international law.  Look HERE for a letter detailing the registration process.  Registration form.  Early registrations are appreciated.

Mind, Brain, and World: On Embodied Cognition
January 10-12, 2013

For years, received understandings of the nature of cognition have tended to view the mind as something akin to a central processing unit that sends and receives signals between the center and periphery on the basis of entirely fixed rules. Of late, however, scholars working in fields as varied as neuroscience, developmental psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and literary theory have moved towards the idea that cognition relies for its foundation not so much on the brain, but on the network of receptors that make up a sensorimotor system. This seminar looks at the various implications of this account, focusing first on its challenge to the distinctions between mind and body and perception and action, and on the proposition that thinking beings should first and foremost be understood as (inter)acting beings. It also considers, however, the implications of this stance for fields not directly involved in the work of neuroscience, such as philosophy and economics, and art and literature as well.

Islam in/and the West
February 21-23, 2013

The "class of civilizations" thesis made famous by Samuel Huntington has come to inform a great deal of discussion about the history of Islam and its interactions with the peoples of Europe and beyond. Buy as many scholars know, and as increased immigration from Islamic countries to the West makes clear, the place of Islam in the West is much more complicated than such a heuristic would have us believe. This seminar attempts to think beyond the "clash of civilizations" thesis to look at a variety of intersections and interactions between Islam and the West, with a particular emphasis on identity formation, migration, and cultural and social accommodation in varied locations throughout Europe and the contemporary United States. How do these communities navigate their relationships with neighbors from different religious groups? How do they understand themselves and their participation in their separate public spheres? What defines the place of Islam in the West in historical terms? And how can the history of Islam in the West help us to understand its possible futures?

Climate Change Across the Disciplines
April 18-20, 2013

The problem of climate change has of late become the source of numerous critically important academic debates. Often, however, academic discussion of the topic has been limited to the biological and physical sciences, those areas of inquiry that have done the most to bring its challenges into view. This seminar therefore proposes to examine the problem of climate change from the perspectives of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences in order to better understand the problems climate change poses for the project of humanistic inquiry. How does anthropogenic climate change challenge the way we think about ethics, politics and history? In what way does a problem like climate change alter our approaches to the study of literature and other cultural objects? Are the disciplines as constituted adequate to the task? Or does climate change foretell not just substantial changes in the way we organize our economic life, but in the way we organize our forms of knowledge as well?

Special Issue, Winter 2012: "Assessment/Engagement/Impact: Results from Two Multi-Institution Collaborative Studies"

In 2005, the late Dr. Michael Nolan of Augustana College served as principal investigator for a grant from the Teagle Foundation to test the claim that the participating colleges and small universities made a demonstrable and statistically significant impact on the intellectual and ethical development of their students. The grant, "Measuring Intellectual Development and Civic Engagement through Value-Added Assessment," brought together over four years faculty, administrators, and academic staff from six member campuses to assess and discuss key findings. In 2009, Provost Ken Bladh of Wittenberg University was awarded a second grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue some of the research begun in the first Teagle grant. This second project, "Structuring Faculty Work Explicitly Around Student Learning" (2009), focused the discussion on 'high-impact teaching practices' and how institutions can sustain and encourage their use given competing demands for faculty time and sometimes inconsistent reward structures for faculty work.

The Winter 2012 issue of Chalk will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Nolan and will provide a forum for program participants from the institutions involved to share with a wider audience what they have learned on their own campuses from one another in the process of completing this grant-funded research. Send proposals or articles (1,000-3,000 words) as electronic attachments, with "Chalk submission" in the subject line, to: Submissions received by November 1, 2012 will be guaranteed consideration. (Chalk's primary audience is liberal arts college and university faculty.) To see previous issues, please visit our website:  


Convocation Symposia Days
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Deans' Meeting with Department & Program Chairs
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center


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

Full-Faculty Meetings
Olin Auditorium
4:00 - 5:00 PM 

Division Meetings

Fine & Performing Arts Thurs. October 4, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Thurs. January 17, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Thurs. April 4, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature Thurs. October 4, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 305
Thurs. January 17, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 307
Thurs. April 4, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 110
Natural Science Thurs. October 4, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Hanson Science 402
Thurs. January 17, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Hanson Science 102
Thurs. April 4, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Hanson Science 102
Business & Education Thurs. October 4, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 315
Thurs. January 17, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 315
Thurs. April 4, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 315
History, Philosophy & Religion Thurs. October 4, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Sorensen 327
Thurs. January 17, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Sorensen 327
Thurs. April 4, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Sorensen 255
Social Science Thurs. October 4, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 21
Thurs. December 13, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 21
Thurs. April 4, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 21


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

      (Augie Reads Kickoff) 

Educational Policies Committee

4:30 - 5:30        
Swenson Geosciences Conference Room 103

 General Education Committee

4:00 - 5:00                                   
Olin 304

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship (Sabbatical and Pre-tenure Paid-leave reports)

Monday, February 18, 2013
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Olin Center 

Celebration of Learning

Saturday, May 4, 2013                   
9:30 - 2:00                                   
Hanson Science

Recognition of Student Honors Program (for underclassmen)

Saturday, May 4, 2013                   
11:30 - 12:00                                
Hanson Science 102

Augie Reads Kickoff

Monday, May 6, 2013                    
4:00 - 5:00
Evald Great Hall

Senior Honors Convocation

Saturday, May 18, 2013                 
12:00 - 1:00                                  
Centennial Hall 

Baccaulaureate Service

Sunday, May 19, 2012                   
Centennial Hall

152nd Annual Commencement Convocation Ceremony

Sunday, May 19, 2013                   
3:00 PM                                       
iWireless Center