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Faculty Newsletter, March 9, 2020

This week's message


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.

Faculty news

Short fiction by Brett Biebel has recently been accepted by ChautauquaJabberwock ReviewEmrys 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 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.

Download application guidelines or request guidelines or further informa­tion from Andrew Klumpp, State Historical Society of Iowa, 600 East Locust St., Des Moines.

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. 

Weekly events

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.