This week in brief

Monday, April 21
4:00 PM – Winter LS Meeting
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

3:15 – 4:15 PM – “The Role of Study Abroad in Developing the Whole Student: The Global Perspectives Inventory”
Wilson Center
Larry Braskamp, Loyola University Senior Fellow – AAC&U

6:30 – 8:00 PM – “How Much Do We Share? Expressing Faith in the College Classroom”
Wilson Center
Larry Braskamp

Tuesday, April 22
11:30 – 11:50 AM – Reflections – Haroon Hussain, ‘08
Ascension Chapel, Founders

8:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, April 23
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Workshop “From Parchment to Pixels: The Year of the Book”
Art Museum, Centennial Hall
See complete description in “Announcements” 

9:30 PM – Wednesday Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, Founders

Thursday, April 24
10:30 – 11:20 AM – Convocation – Raymond Cross, University of Montana
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM – Spring Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM – "The Role of Biblical Interpretation in Processes of Moral Deliberation"
Science 102
Ritva Williams

Friday, April 25
3:30 – 5:00 PM – Friday Conversations
Wilson Center
Neil Lutsky, Carleton College

Saturday, April 26
1:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Jon Kaciuba, clarinet

4:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Stephanie Faraci, viola

8:00 PM – Opera – Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. PINAFORE
Centennial Hall
The Augustana Orchestra and The Chamber Singers

Sunday, April 27
10:30 AM
– Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, Founders

2:00 PM – Opera – Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. PINAFORE
Centennial Hall

5:00 PM – Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, Founders

7:00 PM – Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Angelique Clark, euphonium



Volume 5, Issue 27• April 21, 2008

A Message From Academic Affairs

Dear Colleagues,

The last four years have seen substantial full-time faculty hiring at Augustana. The total number of full-time faculty has risen from 144 to 175, or 23%. This dynamic period of growth has contributed in myriad ways to student learning, enabling the college, for instance, to strengthen majors across campus, offer new classes, significantly strengthen the general education program, and lower the student:faculty ratio, even as we have lowered the average class size and sharply lowered class sizes for first-year students. Our growth has been guided by annual requests for hires from departments and the strategic plan.

I thought I would share data on faculty hiring with you. The tables below provide a view on the hiring we have done over the past four years, and I welcome your thoughts.

Additional Faculty Lines

We have added tenure lines in every major department and multiple lines in several. The following tally of tenure and visiting appointments includes faculty joining the college in 2009-10:

Art History1  
Chemistry 1   
Comm Studies1   
English 2  3
History2 1 
Music1  1
Music Ed2  
Philosophy1   1
Political Sci1   
Psychology 2   1
Religion3 2  
Theatre 1 2 
Total 27 7 7

* Only additional lines beyond 2004-05 are listed here.

Only the smallest majors have not seen additional full-time lines so far—even some of them have benefited (art history and philosophy) because of contribution to gened--and most of those departments have received additions through part-time instruction or visiting appointments. 

I would be glad for your thoughts on these data and for any suggestions you might have about needs for faculty hiring in the years ahead. While we have seen the largest portion of faculty hires, I hope to continue to add two-three lines per year for the next three years. Such growth will depend on our ability to successfully enroll classes, work that each of us as faculty can help to accomplish.



Jeff Abernathy




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