Faculty Newsletter, March 9, 2020
This week's message
THURSDAY CONVERSATION THIS WEEK
March 12, 2020; 3:30-5 p.m.
TOPIC: CFE Gift Session
SPEAKER: Eric Stewart
Are you looking for interesting ways to engage your students? Are you interested in thinking about how better to prepare your students for class by using blended learning techniques?
Dr. Amanda Wilmsmeyer will be discussing her development of some pre-lecture instructional videos for general chemistry courses. Do you want to learn more about using the vocational stories of students and alumni in the classroom?
Dr. Jason Mahn will be discussing techniques that he and Keri Bass used in the J-term course “Called to Work”. Would you like to learn about some of the latest scholarship on effective course design?
Dr. Ann Perreau will be discussing her experience and insights from a Lilly conference on Designing Effective Teaching.
Our colleagues are doing interesting and innovative things in their classrooms, and they want to share these ideas with you! Please join your colleagues at this GIFT (great ideas for teaching) session.
Short fiction by Brett Biebel has recently been accepted by Chautauqua, Jabberwock Review, Emrys Journal, The Masters Review, and numerous other literary journals. His latest, “Midnight Shift,” is available from SmokeLong Quarterly.
Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration (CORE)
The application deadline for students to apply for 2020-2021 study away programs has been extended to May 8 or until rosters are full. For more information, see studyabroad.augustana.edu. Please encourage students to consider a study away program in the coming year.
State Historical Society of Iowa
2020/2021 Research Grants
The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2020/2021 academic year. SHSI will award up to 10 stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpretive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest.
Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previously neglected topics or new approaches to or interpretations of previously treated topics.
SHSI invites applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers.
Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publication in "The Annals of Iowa." Grant recipients will be expected to produce a manuscript targeted for "The Annals of Iowa," SHSI’s scholarly journal.
Applications for the 2020/2021 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2020.
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (Denkmann Hall) invites applications for its annual Faculty Research Stipend.
This $600 stipend supports one Augustana College faculty member's one-week exploration of Swenson Center library and archival materials, to support the creation of class projects or the faculty member's individual research (priority given to those that will impact students). Apply by May 1.
Presidential Center for Faith and Learning
Augustana again will send a delegation to the 2020 Vocation of Lutheran Higher Education Conference (formerly known as the Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference).
The conference convenes July 13-15 at Augsburg University in Minneapolis on the theme ““Call to Place: An Education Engaging Rootedness.” Dr. Jason Mahn will give the opening plenary address: "The Gift of Being Placed: Vocation and Community in Lutheran Higher Education."
Please contact Dr. Mahn if you would like to be considered for the delegation.
Monday, March 9, 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor
Tuesday, March 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Ekklesia, Old Main 135
Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert, Endre Rice, director, Centennial Hall
Sunday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. Augustana Combined Band Concert, Concert and Symphonic Bands, featuring Dr. Michelle Crouch, soprano soloist, Centennial Hall
Presidential Center for Faith and Learning
Thanks to Victor Jia, Residential Life's Area Coordinator for Second-Year Experience, for representing Augustana College at the upcoming Regional NetVUE Conference, "Engaging Faculty Members in the Work of Vocation," March 27-28, at St. Norbert's College.
Victor is also working with Chris Beyer, Maria Emerson, Mike Egan, and Keri Bass to develop a sophomore-year experience rooted in res life and revolving around big questions of meaning, purpose, and calling.