The Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Teaching
October 12-16, 2009
The library needs your scholarship published or performed from April 30, 2008 through August 30, 2009-including books, journal articles, grants, SoTL articles, music compositions, plays, photos of works of art, papers or presentations at conferences. If you wish, you are welcome to "catch up" by sending us anything you've done since 1-1-2002 (the starting date of our collection), but this year's celebration will focus on work published or performed 4-30-2008 through 8-30-2009. Scholarship published or performed after August 30, 2009, will be included in the next year's celebration.
We also need narratives about your teaching innovations. The topic for the Fall, 2009, celebration will be "Responding to Student Writing." Faculty are invited to submit narratives on approaches to this topic. (e.g., In what ways do you respond to student writing? How do you phrase critical remarks so as not to discourage? Do you use an effective grading rubric to respond to student writing? What is a timely response to student writing assignments?)
Please use our handy online forms at http://www.augustana.edu/library/Services/facultyachievement.html to submit your information. Work previously submitted to the library will be included-you need not send it again.
"LunchBytes @ the Library"
Tuesday, Sept. 29
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2nd floor north, Library
Click It! Student Response Systems in Classroom Instruction
We've all been there: You ask a question and your students sit there, blinking. With a remote answering device, students can log their responses -- anonymously -- with the click of a button. Come hear how librarian Amanda Makula uses the system to teach and review library skills, and how you can utilize the technology in your own classes with help from Shawn Beattie in ITS. Pizza provided; please bring your own beverage.
"LunchBytes" is a joint program of Tredway Library and ITS exploring teaching resources and issues in higher education.
Online Conference on Climate Change
September 29 - October 1
The "Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change" is three-day, free, education online conference taking place September 29 through October 1, 2009. Register now at:
"Climate Change" sessions will be of special interest to educators, entire classrooms of engaged students, and to the general public. Throughout the conference, participants will explore Smithsonian research and collections related to the evidence, impact, and response to climate change. Alongside Smithsonian scientists and curators, you will look at the issues surrounding climate change from the perspectives of science, history, and art.
The conference will show the depth of research that the Smithsonian can bring to a current problem. Smithsonian scientists and other experts will lead participants in explorations of Smithsonian research on this important issue via live interactive presentations, moderated forums and demonstrations.
All of the conference sessions will be recorded for later viewing via the Web at: http://www.SmithsonianEducation.org/climate
Among the many presenters are:
- Bert Drake, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, who leads two major studies of the impact of atmospheric carbon dioxide on ecosystems
- Scott Wing, paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History, who specializes in prehistoric plant life and its reactions to climate change
- Charles Duncan, collections specialist at the Archives of American Art, who will explore the intersections of art, communications, and ecology.
- Tricia Edwards, educator at the Lemelson Center at the National Museum of American History, who will focus on the work of young inventors concerned with sustainability issues.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Week Seven Seminar, Tredway Library, 2nd floor, south end
Friday, October 9, refreshments 3:30 p.m., discussion 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Join an informal discussion by and for faculty on Mark Slouka's article in the September issue of Harper's, "Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School." Slouka believes that math and science are taking precedence over the humanities in education today, indeed in the way Americans see, the way they "reckon value." And he's not happy about it: "It's a play I've been following for some time now. ... It's about the victory of whatever can be quantified over everything that can't. It's about the quiet retooling of American education into an adjunct of business, an instrument of production. The play's almost over. I don't think it's a comedy."
The article is on Moodle under "library/Week Seven Seminar."
The Week Seven Seminar takes place on the 7th Friday of each term.
DIVISION MEETINGS for 2009-2010 are as follows. Please do not schedule any other meetings at this time. Please mark your calendar.
Division Meeting Schedule
Thursday, October 29, 2009
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Thursday, January 21, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Thursday, April 29, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM
All meetings will take place in the following rooms:
Fine and Performing Arts - Steve Klien
Language and Literature - Laura Greene
Old Main 124
Natural Science - Darrin Good
Science Building 102
History, Philosophy and Religion - David Hill
Old Main 332
Business and Education - Randall Hengst
Carlsson Evald 212
Social Sciences - Marsha Smith
Old Main 122
Midwest Faculty Seminar
"The Human Condition"
November 5-7, 2009
First published in 1958, Hannah Arendt's landmark 1958 text The Human Condition calls into question the practice of thinking of Man as an abstraction, and argued for the need to think of men in their plurality and multiplicity. Arendt begins with the simple proposal: to "think what we are doing" as a way to understand the reality of our social practices as they are, rather than as wel want them to be. The phrase is carefully chosen, in that one of the work's primary concerns is to understand human societies in their plurality, to study men, rather than 'Man.' Arendt considers society in practical terms as a massive gathering of individuals, each of whom represents unpredictable possibilities. Her schema examines three varieties of these possibilities in what she calls the vita activa, - labor, work, and action - as well as their role within the political, social, public and private realms. Basing her analysis in both a historical account of Classical Greece and her acute insights into contemporary modernity, Arendt's diagnosis of "the state of human humanity" has become an essential text for a variety of disciplines: philosophy, political science, history and literature. This seminar will explore Arendt's contributions to 20th century through this controversial and, hugely influential philosophical text, as well the work's relevance to contemporary discussion.
Please contact Jeff Abernathy if you are interested in attending.
Registration Deadline s Friday, October 23, 2009
are underway in departments across campus. Guidelines for program reviews, as approved by the Senate, are available here:
This year, the following programs will conduct reviews:
Academic Affairs -- Dean of the College (performance review)
Self studies for past or current reviews are available through moodle: