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Faculty News 2012-13

Submissions to the Faculty Newsletter during the 2012-13 academic year


A chapter written by Dr. Todd Cleveland (history) titled “Africa: Which Way Forward? An Interdisciplinary Approach,” appears in the recently released (SoTL) volume Teaching Africa: A Guide for the 21st-Century Classroom, edited by Brandon D. Lundy and Solomon Negash, and published by Indiana University Press.

Dr. Carrie Hough(sociology, anthropology and social welfare) traveled to St. Louis, Mo., for the Central States Anthropological Society Conference earlier this month with three anthropology majors who presented their Senior Inquiry research. Kirsten Boesen's paper, “Exploring Hong Kong’s Identity Through Its Organic Food Culture” was based on fieldwork she conducted during a semester abroad at Lingnan University. Julie Napientek received Summer Research Fellowship funding to conduct her research and presented a paper titled “Unity Through Faith: A Study in the Understanding and Application of Peace in an American Baha’i Community.” Moselle Singh also received a Summer Research Fellowship for her Senior Inquiry project and presented the paper, “Something Was Missing: Exploring Women’s Experiences of Health and Healing through Transcendental Meditation in the U.S.”

Dr. Mindi Mull (psychology) attended the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle, Wash. She presented a poster co-authored with students Erica Aten and Heidi Maibueucher titled “The Role of Language and Second-Order False Belief Understanding in Children’s Developing Theory of Intentionality.”

Dr. Mindi Mull co-authored a paper with Dr. Margaret Evans (University of Michigan) that was presented as part of a symposium, titled “Deconstructing a Naive Metaphysics: Developing Conceptions of the Natural and Supernatural.”

Dr. Mindi Mull attended the Society for Research in Child Development’s pre-conference Developmental Science Teaching Institute where she presented a poster, co-authored with Dr. Jayne Rose (psychology), titled “Childhood in the Developing World: Learning the Importance of Context in Development While Studying Abroad.”

Dr. Jane Simonsen (history and women & gender studies) received a Fulbright Award for 2014 as Senior Lecturer at the University of Regensburg in Germany. She will teach courses in visual culture and the U.S. West in the American studies department from March 1-July 31, 2014.

Dr. Marsha Smith (sociology, anthropology and social welfare) was the invited panel chair and discussant for a session at the 2013 ASIANetwork Conference in Nashville Tenn., called “Challenges and Coping Strategies of Population Aging in China” with Zhang Hong, Colby College; Yi Sun, University of San Diego; Jieyen Liang, Miami University; and Dan Choffness, Carthage College. In addition, she presented the paper titled “Negotiating the ‘Introduction to Asian Studies’ class in a multidisciplinary program” at the same conference in a different panel.

Dr. John Tawiah-Boateng(English and Africana studies program) presented a paper titled “Chinua Achebe: Africa’s Missing Nobel Laureate” at the African Literature Association’s annual conference in Charleston, S.C. Dr. Tawiah-Boateng argued that Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who has thrilled the world with novels, poetry, short stories and children's stories about Africa for more than half a century, more than deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature. The paper questioned the Nobel Committee’s refusal to recognize Achebe’s achievements, and offered possible explanations such as a vendetta for the writer’s remarks that had angered “a powerful member of the Swedish academy” some decades back; possible tendencies of tokenism; or even, worse, an unstated form of  apartheid. A number of participants signed up to join in a campaign of letter-writing and possible Internet-based protest. When Dr. Tawiah-Boateng returned to the Quad Cities the following morning, the main headline on BBC News indicated that Chinua Achebe had passed away. Reportedly, a makeshift memorial service was held by the participants who were still at the conference in Charleston. Follow-up e-mails and contacts indicated that this led to a further discussion of Dr. Tawiah-Boateng’s presentation from the previous day, and an even stronger resolution to keep up the effort to ensure that African writers are not subjected to any form of apartheid or refusal of due recognition. 


Eighty faculty and administrators from 22 colleges and universities came to Augustana on April 6 for the one-day conference “Promoting Undergraduate Research at Liberal Arts Colleges.” Several of the concurrent sessions featured student research at Augustana. 

  • IRIS: Integrated Reflection and Inquiry in the Sciences — Connie Ghinazzi and Rebecca Cook
  • Fostering Teacher Self-Study in the Elementary School: The Augustana/Longfellow Number Sense Project — Dr. Randy Hengst and Mike Egan
  • Thirty Years of Undergraduate Research in Antarctic Paleontology — Dr. William R. Hammer
  • Epiphany in the Stacks: Library Research and the First-Year Experience — Stefanie Bluemle, Sarah Horowitz and Margaret Rogal

Stefanie Bluemle, Amanda Makula and Margi Rogal (Tredway Library) recently presented a poster titled “The Joy of (Performance) Assessment” at the biennial conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries in Indianapolis. Drawing on Tredway Library’s recent shift from quantitative to qualitative assessment of information literacy outcomes in LSFY, their presentation outlined the process of prioritizing learning outcomes, designing performance-based assessments, and analyzing the results to acquire data that directly fuels improvement in librarians' teaching. The Tredway librarians advocate increased use of qualitative assessments, including performance assessment, among instruction librarians as a means to better evaluate student understanding of higher-level information literacy concepts.

Dr. Jennifer Burnham (geography) is the recipient of the Association of American Geographers Geomorphology Specialty Group at the AAG in Los Angeles, Calif., April 2013.

The Classics department faculty, along with nine Classics majors and minors, attended the annual conference of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Iowa City in April. At this conference: 1) Dr. Emil Kramer presented a paper titled “Defeating the Republic’s Tyrant on the Symposium’s Soul Couch"; 2) Dr. Kirsten Day presented a paper titled “‘Print the Legend’?: Epic Meets Western in John Ford’s ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’”; 3) Mischa Hooker presented a paper entitled “Theosophy: Reconstructing a Compendium of Greek Wisdom” and 4) Dr. Emil Kramer presided over a panel titled “Sacrifices, Sacred Law, and Wisdom.”

Dr. William Hammer (geology) received the Order of Lincoln at the annual Lincoln Academy convocation ceremony, held this year at Augustana College. The Order of Lincoln is the highest honor awarded to an individual by the state of Illinois. Dr. Hammer, who holds the Fritiof Fryxell Chair in Geology, discovered Cryolophosaurus ellioti, the first carnivorous dinosaur unearthed in Antarctica. His 1991 discovery advanced scientific understanding of tectonic shift and evolutionary biology, particularly of large-scale carnivorous theropods. Due largely to Dr. Hammer’s work, a mountain in Antarctica was named Mount Augustana in 2008.

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson (art) is exhibiting a tapestry, Crimson Prelude, in Fiberart International 2013, which includes 81 works. Twenty-four of these are by artists living outside the United Sates. The first venue of the exhibition is the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; the show will subsequently travel throughout the United States. Schussheim-Anderson currently also has two works, Trade Threads and flutterby, in the annual Rock Island Fine Arts Guild exhibition, and a tapestry inspired by West Africa Term 2010, Thursday Market, exhibited in Fiber Celebration at the Loveland Museum in Colorado.


Deb Bracke (education) and five teacher candidates presented at the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas, last week. Their session, titled “Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of Including Students with Disabilities; An Immersion Experience,” compared the perceptions of general education teacher candidates on two dichotomous scales before and after a one-week immersion experience at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. The importance of such high-impact experiences was shared. Participating students participating were Emma Regnier, Casey Komel, Derek Schneeman, Aubry Moorman and Allison Nagy.

Paul Croll (sociology) gave a presentation entitled “Getting students to say what they are not supposed to say: The challenges and opportunities in teaching about race in a college classroom” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society on March 28 in Chicago, Ill. The presentation was part of a session at the conference featuring authors from a forthcoming edited volume,  Teaching Race in Contemporary America, to be published later this year. The book is designed to assist college and university professors in teaching about American race relations. The contributors present in-depth, critical analyses of the current challenges facing educators who are teaching race during what has been called the “post-racial era” and also discuss the importance of the contemporary study of racial politics and racism. The book also provides teachers with complementary classroom exercises that foster active and collaborative learning.

Kirsten Day’s (Classics) article entitled “Soul Fuck: Possession of the Female Body in Antiquity and in Cinema” was published in Monica S. Cyrino’s anthology Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World (Palgrave McMillan, Feb. 2013). She also presented a paper at the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., entitled “‘Print the Legend’...?: Classical Connections in John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. At this conference, she also acted as area chair for the “Classical Representations in Popular Culture” panels, chaired a panel on “Mythic Heroes Reimagined,” and participated as representative of a small liberal arts college in a professional development panel entitled “Professional Development 1: How to Succeed In and Outside of Academe: The Professorial Academic Job Search” (Feb. 2013).

Margaret France (English) recently returned from an annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, where she delivered a paper titled “Daniel Defoe and the Non Sequitur Sequel” and sat on a roundtable called “Life After the Hooding Ceremony.” The meeting was held in Cleveland this year, which she likes to think of as Paris on the Cuyahoga.


Dr. Chris Strunk (geography) and Helga Leitner (University of California, Los Angeles) published an article, "Resisting Federal-Local Immigration Enforcement Partnerships: Redefining 'Secure Communities' and Public Safety," in the journal Territory, Politics, Governance (2013, Vol. 1, Issue 1)The article is based on Dr. Strunk's fieldwork in the Washington, D.C., area and explores the socio-spatial strategies and alternative discourses of community and security developed by networks of immigrant advocates, community leaders, and local law enforcement officials in response to the recent expansion of federal-local immigration enforcement partnerships.


Dr. Laura Hartman's (religion) article, "Consumption, Ethics, and the Environment: A Lutheran Perspective," was published in the March/April issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, an online journal. The link is here:

Dr. Steve Klien (communication studies) has contributed a chapter to the two-volume Venomous Speech: Problems With American Political Discourse on the Right and Leftwhich will be released by ABC-CLIO/Praeger on April 30, 2013. His chapter, "O'Reilly's War on the 'War on Christmas: Diatribe, Culture War, and Conservative Ideology," examines the televised rhetoric of FOX News personality Bill O'Reilly during the rise of the "War on Christmas" controversy in 2005, and how this rhetoric is emblematic of larger patterns of contemporary conservative diatribe that make civil discourse difficult. 

Doug Tschopp (EDGE Center) recently returned from Orlando with students that managed a conference for the International Family Therapy Association. The conference brought about 400 professional attendees from 36 countries together to share information and network. The team of students worked throughout the year on all aspects of managing this event and two students, Heather Ohde '13 and Megan Kirik '14,  traveled to the event to run it on the ground. Both students are interested in event planning, and this hands-on experience gave them a closeup view of the profession. Also participating throughout the year were Lauren Kirik '14 (registration manager), Ben Fischer '13 (software programmer) and Andy Shearouse '15 (web developer). This was an experiential learning opportunity through the Entrepreneurial (EDGE) Center.


Stefanie Bluemle, Amanda Makula and Margi Rogal (Tredway Library) presented a poster, "Concept/Context: Information Literacy and Assessment in the First Year," at the National Resource Center's annual Conference on the First-Year Experience on February 25 in Orlando, Fla. Their poster focused on the integration of information literacy into LSFY and the library's recent development of performance assessments to assess student learning in the sequence. They had numerous productive conversations--and have since corresponded--with administrators and faculty who wish to improve the integration and teaching of information literacy in their own colleges' and universities' first-year programs.

Dr. Jennifer Burnham (geography) and Dr. Donald L. Johnson (University of Illinois) were awarded the 2013 G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research by the Association of American Geographers for their monograph "Mima Mounds--The Case for Polygenesis and Bioturbation," which Dr. Burnham co-edited. The Gilbert Award is presented to the author(s) of a single significant contribution to the published research literature in geomorphology during the past three years.

Dr. Jeff Strasser and Dr. Mike Wolf (geology) traveled with geology majors on two field trips over spring break. Dr. Wolf took nine majors to southeastern Missouri on an economic geology field trip where students clambered in two quarries with quarry geologists and toured the caverns and underground "city," 1,000 feet down, of one of the largest lead/zinc mines in the world. Dr. Strasser took 12 majors to Death Valley, Calif. The students hiked for six days into the canyons, volcanic craters, sand dunes and salt flats and gave geologic presentations of the features while on-site.


Dr. Jon Hurty (music) conducted the Maryland Music Educator's Association All-State Choir February 22-24 in Baltimore, Maryland. The choir was made up of the top 200 auditioned high school singers in the state of Maryland. The group rehearsed about six hours each day for three days and performed a final concert on Sunday, February 24.

In addition to Dr. Hurty's work with the All-State Choir, the Augustana Choir was invited to perform a concert and lecture session as part of the Maryland Music Educator's Conference. The choir sang selections from its recent tour program and discussed vocal tone color and the concepts of large-group choral improvisation with conference attendees.

Dr. Margaret Morse (art history) published an essay, "From Chiesa to Casa and Back: The Exchange of Public and Private in Domestic Devotional Art," in the volume Reflections on Renaissance Venice: A Celebration of Patricia Fortini Brown, edited by Blake de Maria and Mary E. Frank (Milan: Five Continents). The book pays tribute to the long and distinguished career of Fortini Brown, a pre-eminent scholar in Venetian art history, on the occasion of her retirement from Princeton University. Dr. Morse's essay, which explores the transfer of devotional goods between public and private realms, is indebted to the groundbreaking scholarship of Fortini Brown on the material culture of the Venetian domestic interior.

Dr. Pam Trotter (chemistry) was elected to serve a three-year term as a Councilor in the Chemistry Division for the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR). CUR is a national organization that promotes undergraduate research on college campuses. This is a national leadership role for Dr. Trotter. 


Dr. Adam Kaul (sociology, anthropology and social welfare) has an article in a special edition of the journal Tourist Studies. The six articles that will appear in the special edition were selected from among the papers presented at a conference held in Liverpool, England, last summer focusing on music and tourism. Dr. Kaul’s article extends his analysis of the fraught tensions between tourism economics and the production of music in the West of Ireland, and it is the second in a series of three articles he is writing specifically about tourism at the Cliffs of Moher.

Two books written by Dr. Tom Mayer (history), The Trial of Galileo and The Roman Inquisition: A Papal Bureaucracy and Its Law in the Age of Galileo, were referenced in Adam Gopnik’s article titled “Moon Man” in The New Yorker (Feb. 11, 2013).

The artwork of Trew Schriefer (art) will be on exhibit February 14-March 16, 2013, at Tracy Williams, Ltd. gallery in New York City. “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” opens with a reception on February 14. The show features the work of four emerging artists from Chicago: David Leggett, Tim Nickodemus, Rachel Niffenegger and Trew Schriefer.


Dr. Deb Bracke (education) published an article in Teaching Professor (February 2013) titled “A New Way to Assess Student Learning.” Since the article's release, she has been contacted by St. Thomas University in Minnesota and Northern Michigan University about incorporating this assessment in their faculty training. The Augustana Choir, conducted by Dr. Jon Hurty (music), and the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Michael Zemek (music), sang at the State Convention of the Illinois Music Education Association in January 2013. The ensembles were selected by audition and each performed a 35-minute concert segment.


Dr. Paul Croll (sociology, anthropology and social welfare) published an article entitled “Explanations for Racial Disadvantage and Racial Advantage: Beliefs about Both Sides of Inequality in America” in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies (January 2013). The article argues that attitudes about racial inequality in the United States are often only viewed through the lenses of discrimination and disadvantage. However, systems of racial inequality produce both disadvantages and advantages. To understand attitudes about racial inequality, we need to know Americans’ beliefs about both sides of the racialized system.


Dr. John Delaney (accounting) was a co-writer for a manuscript that appeared in the Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 31, Issue 1 (2013). The case is titled “Trabeck Prepares for IFRS: An IFRS Case Study.” This fictional case is designed to help students identify some fundamental differences between U.S. GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and apply this knowledge to general-purpose financial statements.


“From Labor Gateway to Nationalist Shield: The Shifting Meanings and Implications of the Angolan-Congolese Border in the Diamondiferous Region, 1917-75,” a chapter written by Dr. Todd Cleveland (history), was accepted for publication in a forthcoming volume entitled Replenishing History: New Directions in Historical Research to be published by the University of Ghana Press in commemoration of the institution's 65th anniversary.

Dr. Todd Cleveland's article, titled “Following the Ball: African Soccer Players, Labor Strategies and Emigration Across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1945-75,” was accepted for publication by the journal Cadernos de Estudos Africanos (Portugal) for inclusion in a special edition on “Sport in Africa.”

Dr. Greg Domski (chemistry) delivered an invited lecture at the University of Iowa's Inorganic Chemistry Colloquium in December 2012. The title of the lecture was “Training Undergraduates in Chemical Synthesis Through the Design and Synthesis of Novel Donor Functionalized Mono- and Bisimidazolium Salts, Their Corresponding Ruthenium (II) Complexes, and Applications to Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation.”

At the Southeastern College Art Conference in October 2012, Rowen Schussheim-Anderson (art) presented “Adinkra Prints and Proverbs” in a session discussing “Traditional/Contemporary: Collisions in African Textiles.” She also participated in a panel on curriculum at the Midwest Fiber Art Educators Network at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in November 2012.


Dr. Mike Egan and Dr. Randy Hengst (education), along with seniors Stephanie Kendzior, Michelle Hanson, Amanda Johnson and Kate Cannova, presented at the National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics 2012 Regional Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Their presentation, titled “Developing Number Sense Apps with Kindergarteners and Their Teachers,” highlighted the collaborative development process of their Number Sense app series (available on iTunes) as well as responses to these apps from their work with students at Longfellow Liberal Arts School.

In November 2012, Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow (communication studies) attended the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, where she presented the co-authored paper “In whose name/label? A case against the normative impulses behind anti-gay bullying efforts.”

Dr. Peter Kivisto (sociology, anthropology and social welfare) was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Classical Sociology, a Sage publication. In addition, he recently presented three invited lectures. The first two, which were intended to complement each other, were delivered at universities in Italy, the University of Trento (“Transnational Studies Two Decades On”) and the University of Pisa (“What is the State of Transnational Studies after Rethinking the State?”). The third address was as a plenary speaker at a conference on Reclaiming Multiculturalism, hosted by Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. The title of that talk was "Multicultural Incorporation Confronts Anxieties about National Identity."

Oxford University Press published the fifth edition of Social Theory: Roots and Branches, Dr. Peter Kivisto’s anthology used in sociology theory courses. The University of Turku in Finland will bestow Dr. Peter Kivisto with an honorary doctorate in the spring of 2013. He has been heavily involved in the study of Finland and Finnish-Americans, and this honorary doctorate recognizes the value of his work in the United States and abroad.

“Mary Magdalene Between Public Cult and Private Devotion in Correggio’s Noli me tangere,” an essay by Dr. Margaret Morse (art history) was published in the volume Mary Magdalene: Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. Her paper, “The Body as Reflection in Parmigianino's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” was delivered at the Southeastern College Art Conference in a session that explored the absent body in medieval and early modern art. Dr. Morse also gave a talk on Renaissance portraiture at the Figge Art Museum as part of the museum’s portrait lecture series offered in conjunction with exhibitions on display at the time.

A SoTL project completed by Dr. Lisa Seidlitz (German) was published in the German teachers’ journal Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. The paper, titled “CH Stands for Cheese, Right? A Swiss Culture Class and the National Standards,” describes the reworking of a traditional German grammar and reading course into a class that integrates grammar, literature and cultural presentations in order to help students learn about the history, politics, language, and cultures of Switzerland. Dr. Seidlitz also presented on this topic at the fall 2012 conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.


Dr. Bill Hammer (geology) was awarded a grant of $190,374 from the National Science Foundation for his current research project titled “Continued Research on the Jurassic Vertebrate Fauna from the Beardmore Glacier Region of Antarctica.” This is a continuing collaborative project with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and former student Dr. Nate Smith ’03, who is currently a faculty member at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition to funding a full-time research assistant at Augustana, this grant includes support for two Augustana undergraduate summer interns, one working at the Field Museum and one in the paleontology research lab at the college.

Adam Parboosingh (theatre arts) designed the lighting for Completely Hollywood (abridged), staged in November 2012 at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Adam Pfluger ’14, a theatre and geology major, received a student research grant to assist Parboosingh on the production.


Dr. Jennifer Burnham (geography) was senior editor of a Geological Society of America Special Paper 490 titled “Mima Mounds: The Case for Polygenesis and Bioturbation.”


A generous grant by the Margaret Cargill Foundation has allowed Augustana College to establish the Upper Mississippi Studies Center (UMSC), an interdisciplinary center that aligns with our mission as a liberal arts college. This interdisciplinary center with its focus on environmental and regional issues will provide important learning opportunities for our students and provide more opportunities to connect the Augustana community to our local region. Following a national search chaired by Dr. Ellen Hay, Dr. Michael Reisner (environmental studies) was appointed as the director of the Upper Mississippi Studies Center. Dr. Reisner earned his Ph.D. in ecology from Oregon State University and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Dr. Kathy Jakielski (communication sciences and disorders) co-published the article, “Novel candidate genes and regions for childhood apraxia of speech identified by an array comparative genomic hybridization” in Genetics in Medicine.

Dr. Tim Muir (biology) gave an invited seminar titled “Saving energy by accumulating urea” at Rivier University in Nashua, N.H.


Dr. Kirsten Day (Classics) presented her paper, “‘Print the Legend’...?: Oedipal Themes in John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” on a panel devoted to Iliadic and Oedipal themes at the Film & History Conference 2012.

Students in Dr. Laura Hartman's (religion) section of RELG 384 completed a service learning project for residents of Rock Island’s Keystone Neighborhood. Through interviews and surveys, the students gathered and compiled perceptions of neighborhood needs for the future. Each student devoted at least 20 hours to the project. In October 2012, the class presented its findings to neighborhood association members at a meeting at Micah House. Dr. Michael Zemek (music) and the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble performed at the October 2012 conference for the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The choir was accompanied by a string quartet of junior music students coached by Dr. Susan Stone (music).


During the summer of 2012, Augustana College Art Museum Director Sherry Maurer completed the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Association of Academic Museums and Galleries week-long academic museum leadership program. She delivered a presentation on “Academic Challenges in Civic Engagement” at the Association of Midwest Museums conference as part of a panel she organized with presenters from the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, and from the Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota.


During fall term 2012, five LSFY 101 faculty integrated the theme of citizenship in their classes by including service learning activities. Students of Dr. Meg Gillette and Deke Gould tutored recent immigrants at literacy sites in Rock Island and Moline. Dr. Umme Al-Wazedi’s class served as Reading Buddies for the second graders at Longfellow Liberal Arts School. Donna Hare’s students presented stories and did crafts with children at the after-school reading program at the Rock Island Science and Math Academy. In Dr. Ann Boaden’s section, students investigated Augustana’s history of service to the local community and documented the founding of Micah House, a new partnership between Augustana and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Dr. Norm Moline (geography) was appointed to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council for the term 2013-2015. This 15-member council meets three times a year to consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and to advise the State Historic Preservation Officer on matters of importance.

After receiving a service learning development grant from Augustana’s Community Engagement Center (CEC), students from Dr. Eric Stewart's RELG 207 class each spent more than 20 hours serving Friendly House, the Place2Be or Longfellow School. For a SoTL study, Dr. Stewart will compare learning outcomes between this class and a section of the same class that did not include a service component.

Two tapestries of Rowen Schussheim-Anderson (art), titled Crimson Prelude and butterflyte, were juried into an international fiber art exhibition in China in November-December 2012. From Lausanne To Beijing the 7th International Fiber Art Biennale featured more than 300 pieces of fiber artworks representing 37 countries. Schussheim-Anderson’s inspiration for her work came from an experience she had with Augustana students during Latin America term in 2009.

Doug Tschopp (EDGE Center) completed his 10th year as program chair for HighEdWeb, a conference for web professionals in higher education. At this year's conference, Tschopp presented “Developing and Maintaining Web Content: An Idea Generating Workshop,” which is an annual favorite of attendees. He also presented two other sessions: “Building a Strategic Plan” and “Card Sorting: Research That Every Web Developer Should Use.” Tschopp brought two students, Ben Fischer and Andy Shearouse, to the HighEdWeb conference. They presented a poster titled “Student Web Developers: A Win-Win for the Students and the Community.”


Dr. Todd Cleveland (history) presented his paper titled “Across the Divides: Social Professionalism on the Diamond Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917-75,” in September 2012 at the 2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference, which was held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.


Dr. Kathy Jakielski (communication sciences and disorders) co-wrote “Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) in two patients with 16p11.2 microdeletion syndrome,” published online in European Journal of Human Genetics, August 2012.

Dr. Ann Perreau (communication sciences and disorders) was selected as a 2012-2013 recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Advancing Academic–Research Career Award. She was selected from a national pool of candidates based on her promise as an academic and researcher in the field of hearing science. Dr. Perreau will receive $5,000 to implement her teaching and research plan during the next two years. Her teaching plan includes comparing different methods of instruction in her audiology course to determine which is most effective for student learning and developing hands-on exercises in anatomy courses to better engage students. In collaboration with Dr. Chris Turner from the University of Iowa, she is proposing a study to investigate the ability of individuals with mild-moderate hearing loss to use the acoustic cues provided by the hearing aid microphones located in the canal to aid in their front-back localization of sounds.

Greg Tapis (business administration) presented his paper, “Incorporating Diversity into the Classroom: Obligation or Lip Service,” at the Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business in September 2012.

Greg Tapis co-authored “Projections for Reducing Aircraft Emissions,” a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, which is published by the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Law Review Association.

Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey (biology) reviewed articles during August 2012 for the American Society for Microbiology's Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, a peer-reviewed, online Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) publication. She has served on the editorial board as an ad hoc reviewer for the journal since 2005.


Dr. Peter Kivisto (sociology, anthropology, and social welfare) has been involved in a research project on Iraqi refugees in two European cities—Helsinki and Rome—with University of Turku graduate student Vanja La Vecchia-Mikkola. He presented some of their findings at two conferences this past August, the first at the International Sociological Association's Forum in Buenos Aires and the second at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Denver. The first published results of this project will appear in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies in 2013, while a second article is in preparation.

Dr. Peter Kivisto has a forthcoming chapter, “Historians and Sociologists Debate Transnationalism,” that will appear in The Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity (Oxford University Press, 2013), and the sixth edition of Dr. Kivisto’s Illuminating Social Life was published in November 2012.

Dr. Peter Kivisto was informed by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. State Department, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars that he has been added to the Fulbright Specialist Roster. In addition, he is currently serving as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Program.

Adam Parboosingh (theatre arts) designed the lighting for A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He also was the lighting designer for Completely Hollywood (abridged) from the Reduced Shakespeare Company (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare–abridged) at Magnus Theatre in November 2012.


“Parental Involvement and the Theory of Planned Behavior," an article written by Dr. Deb Bracke (education) and Dr. Dan Corts (psychology) was published in Education, Fall 2012. Data obtained from their research provided an evidence-based context that was used to develop the norm-based “Parents Moving Ahead” program at Longfellow School Liberal Arts School.

Dr. Kathy Jakielski (communication sciences and disorders) co-authored the article, “Encoding, memory, and transcoding deficits in childhood apraxia of speech,” in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, May 2012.


Dr. Greg Domski (chemistry) and two undergraduate co-authors—Sallie Hohenboken ’13 and Wiktoria Pecak ’11—have published their results detailing the synthesis and crystallographic characterization of two previously unreported molecules in the July and August 2012 issues of the journal Acta Crystallographica E.

An article by Dr. Mike Egan and Dr. Randy Hengst (education) was published in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE). The article highlights their collaborative numeracy software development process involving kindergarten teachers at Longfellow Liberal Arts School and elementary education majors at Augustana.

Dr. Mike Egan and Dr. Randy Hengst have published eight early childhood Number Sense applications that are available through the iTunes App Store. Along with the other titles in the Classroom Focused Software series, more than 42,000 copies of the apps have been downloaded.

Dr. Chuck Hyser (education) was invited to join the selection committee for the Prairie State Award honoring the Illinois Children’s Author of the Year. He will serve a three-year term.


Dr. A.J. Juskewycz (sociology/anthropology/social welfare) gave a talk, “Christian Embattlement and Religious Minority Inclusion in American Religious Freedom Claims,” at the American Sociological Association Conference in August 2012. The paper uses log-linear modeling of self-coded data from newspapers from 1990-2010 to examine how diverse non-Christian religious groups are differentially engaged in new categorically intersectional, non-minoritarian forms of religious freedom claims.


Distilling Ideas: An Introduction to Mathematics through Inquiry, co-written by Dr. Brian Katz (mathematics), was accepted for publication by the Mathematics Association of America for its Textbook Series.

Dr. Adam Kaul (sociology, anthropology and social welfare) published his article titled “Tourism in the West of Ireland: Solution to Economic Collapse or Part of the Problem?” in a special edition of the journal Practicing Anthropology (summer 2012 34[3]). The article examines the role that tourism played in the dramatic economic downturn in Ireland that led to a massive International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout in late 2010. Dr. Adam Kaul's book Turning the Tune: Traditional Music, Tourism, and Social Change in an Irish Village (Berghahn 2009) was relaunched in a paperback edition and marketed for classroom use.

Dr. Adam Kaul presented his paper titled “Music on the Edge: Traditional Irish Music at The Cliffs of Moher and the Commodification of a Musical Landscape” at the Soundtracks: Music, Tourism, and Travel conference in Liverpool, England, in July 2012. The paper explores the complex and changing relationship between Irish identity, traditional music, and tourism at the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.

Dr. Jason Koontz (biology) was reappointed as a research affiliate at Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) in the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This appointment is made to encourage, foster and formally recognize Dr. Koontz’ collaborative relationship with the INHS.

Human Rights and the Ethics of Globalization, co-authored by Dr. Dan Lee (religion) and his daughter, Elizabeth J. Lee, was named one of Choice magazine’s 2011 Outstanding Academic Titles. This recognition is based on overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field and value to undergraduates.

Doug Tschopp (EDGE Center) presented a workshop called “Professional Extracurricular Activities for Top Students” at the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling annual conference. Tschopp’s presentation focused on Augustana’s extracurricular opportunities with a professional focus. Examples include the ADs group participation in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) and unique experiential learning programs available through the Entrepreneurial Center.