The Business Office reminds all department chairs that budget requests for 2008-09
were due Monday, March 10.
Revenue and Goods and Services: Darlene Link
Salary and Benefits: Mary Doonan
Nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering are due April 22, 2008. This program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that have enhanced the participation of groups that are underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering. The White House established the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program in 1995. The program recognizes the importance of role models and mentors in the academic and personal development of students who are underrepresented in these fields. PAESMEM recipients include outstanding individual mentors and outstanding mentoring programs.
Awards are made in the following two categories and nominees – both individual and institutional – must have served as a mentor or facilitated mentoring activities for at least five years.
- Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained mentoring and effective guidance to a significant number of underrepresented students at the K-12, undergraduate or graduate education level.
- Institutions with program activities that have enabled a sustained number of students drawn from populations underrepresented in the sciences, technology, and engineering and mathematics fields, to pursue and complete relevant degree programs. At the post-secondary level, these efforts must show that students have completed a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree.
Awardees receive $10,000 to continue their work and a commemorative Presidential certificate. Each recipient is invited to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and recognition events. For more information click here. For assistance, contact David L. Temple at 703-292-4674; by email, by clicking here.
The registration deadline for the third Midwest Faculty Seminar of the academic year: Mind, Brain and World: On Embodied Cognition is Monday, March 24, 2008. This conference will bring together researchers of language, learning, motor skills, and perception to explore the emerging field of embodied cognition, and imagine how its work can be useful to scholars across the academy. Presenters will include Sian Beilock (Psychology), William Wimsatt (Philosophy), Nicholas Hatsopoulos (Organismal Biology and Anatomy), and Lawrence Zbikowski (Music). The conference will be held April 24-26 at the University of Chicago. A registration form can be found at the following here .
HERI/Augustana Faculty Survey is Open – Please Participate
If you are a faculty member, please be sure to participate in the faculty survey that is currently in progress. You should have received an email invitation recently. The survey is conducted as a national survey by the Higher Education Research Institute and will give us important information on faculty attitudes, job satisfaction, and professional activities. A broad participation is needed to ensure our results are valid when we compare them to national data. Augustana has also added a number of questions relating to issues of Augustana specific concern, and you will want your opinion included.
Contact Tim Schermer for more information.
The Faculty Research Committee
solicits proposals for
Sabbatical Leave Grants and Summer Research Stipends
Nature of these research grants (Highlights are below…see Faculty Handbook for details):
- If you have been granted a sabbatical for two or more terms of next academic year (2008/2009), you are eligible to apply for a $3,600 supplemental research grant.
- There are two available Sabbatical Leave Grants
- If you are a non-tenured faculty member and have academic rank, you may apply for a $1,800 summer research stipend.
- There are two available Summer Research Stipends
- Purpose is to support the creative and scholarly activity of faculty
- Supports a variety of activities: Basic research and creative work
- Fundable items include faculty salary replacement, student salaries, special equipment (which would be considered college property), supplies, computer time, typing costs, journal page costs, work in major archives, and additional study
- Things not eligible for support: project aimed at bolstering academic coursework; dissertation research/writing
- Screened by Faculty Research Committee and funded by Augustana College
- Funds will be available in July 2008
- Eligibility: In the context of the top two bulleted items above, any faculty member with academic rank, such as Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor who are Full-time Faculty, Joint Appointment Faculty, Adjunct or Part-time Faculty; includes librarians, coaches, or appointees to concurrent administrative positions with rank
- Recently funded projects: Religion, History, Political Science, Biology, Business and Psychology
Guidelines and selection process of the proposals (Highlights are below…see Faculty Handbook for details):
1) Five page maximum proposal with itemized budget
2) Proposal must include:
- Identification of research problem...avoid simply writing a paragraph and referring the reader for more detail to another previously written document
- Explanation of materials and methods, including itemized budget (budget must distinguish between money that will be paid to applicant and money that will be used to pay expenses), required to tackle problem
- Relation of proposed work to work of applicant’s peers
- Nature of result or product anticipated, i.e., publications, art exhibits, baseline info for future work
- Sabbatical Leave Grant proposals must include a copy of the approved sabbatical proposal
- Current Curriculum Vitae (includes applicant’s general qualifications and relevant previous work; this is in addition to the five page limit for the proposal—please limit this to two pages)
3) Criteria used by committee to rate proposals: eligibility, clarity of presentation, appropriate budget prediction, prospects for publication or public attention, applicant’s qualifications
4) Expectation for funded work:
- Faculty who are funded by these grants are expected to give a lecture or public presentation of the project’s results
- Acknowledgement of Augustana Research Foundation's financial assistance in products produced from work
Please send your proposal by e-mail attachment if at all possible (otherwise six hard copies) by 5:00 PM on 25 March 2008 to Mary Koski in the Dean’s Office. Date of award announcements: 4 April 2008. Direct any questions about this to any member of the committee: Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Dell Jensen, Mariano Magalhaes, Jamie Nelson, Jeanneth Vazquez, or Craig VanSandt.
At Tredway Library
Stop by the south end of the 2 nd floor of the library this Wednesday, March 19 th to view a display observing the 5 th anniversary of the Iraq War. All are encouraged to wear white as a sign of unity in support for peace that day as well.