This week in brief

Monday, September 1
Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 2
8:00– 9:00 a.m. – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall 

11:30 – 11:50 a.m. - Reflections – Mark Anderson, Director of Diversity
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall


Wednesday, September 3
9:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2 nd Floor, Founders Hall


Thursday, September 4
No Convocation

10:30–11:30 a.m. – Teaching Circle
Old Main Room 128


Friday, September 5
3:30 p.m. – Friday Conversations – Norm Moline
Wilson Center

8:00 PM – Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Faculty Lecture-Discussion Recital


Saturday, September 6
No events scheduled

Sunday, September 7
10:30 a.m. – Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:00 PM – Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Volume 6, Issue 2 • September 2, 2008

Faculty News

John Delaney and co-author, Marty Coe (Western Illinois), have had a book chapter published in Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations, Volume 9 .  The editors are Bill Schwartz and Anthony Catanach, Jr.  Copyright 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited (JAI Press). This chapter is the result of a two-year process—the control and experiment groups were comprised of Augustana and Western Illinois students. The abstract follows:

It is broadly accepted that ethics should be incorporated into accounting programs.  Most CPA firms rely on colleges and universities to teach ethical behavior.  Utilizing a quasi-experimental approach, this chapter examines the effectiveness of ethics instruction delivered via a combination of lecture and active learning methods.  Specifically, the impact of ethics instruction on behavior in business settings is investigated.  Though similar studies have addressed this issue, this study tests the effectiveness of a particular curriculum in a post-Enron environment.  Further, a new instrument to measure moral reasoning ability in work situations is introduced.  The study's findings suggest that ethics instruction is effective in increasing moral reasoning ability, particularly in upper-level accounting courses such as accounting information systems and auditing.

Reuben Heine led a two week off-campus version of his junior-level water resources class with an emphasis on the waters of the Upper Mississippi River.  Reuben and 6 students traveled by boat and van down the Mississippi from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to Rock Island. Over the two weeks, the class met with state park staff, county soil and water conservationists, municipal and private water treatment managers, scientists at the St Anthony Fall Laboratory, state officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and resource managers from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Iowa DNR.  Along the trip, students witnessed numerous changes in the landscape as they passed through five distinct ecological and physiographic regions (including some interesting sub regions: boreal forests, glacial lakes, sand plains, and bog and spruce swamps). Over the traveled reach of the river, flow increases by 4 orders of magnitude as the 8 major tributaries and countless smaller streams enter the main channel. In all cases, the students discovered the many interwoven linkages between land use, landforms, and water quality, quantity, and uses.   

In Minneapolis, the class launch the geography department research boat at the head of navigation and cruised for three days and 250 miles down to LaCrosse, WI.  Lectures were held on sand bars and on river-town street corners and coffee shops. While in the LaCrosse area, the students helped design and administer a survey aimed to assess the perceptions of citizens of the town of Stoddard, WI with respect to restored aquatic habitat in the Mississippi River.  This perception study was conducted for research scientists at the US Geologic Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.  Preliminary results from the survey have already helped identify a problem with loss of fishing areas for the less wealth population of the community who generally fish from shore. While the data were collected by the entire class, one of the students, Beth Flynn, plans to make the perception survey central to her senior inquiry project.  Finally, the class had the opportunity to meet with Augustana College graduate Colin Belby (Geography grad, class of 2002) at his research study site near Cassville, WI.  Colin is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  With shovels and soil probes Colin helped the class understand how he interprets hundreds of years of flooding history from the layers of silt and mud in the Mississippi River floodplain. 

In a post trip survey of the class, students particularly emphasized several highlights of the trip:

The class brought back water and sediment samples from numerous locations along the length of the main channel as well as from each of the major tributaries.  These samples, along with a custom watershed map, will be featured in a new display above the drinking fountain on the second floor of Swenson Geosciences building.

Scott R. Irelan (Theatre Arts) spent the summer on the artistic staff of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. The season included Taming of the Shrew , the rarely performed Titus Andronicus , and a NASCAR-inspired staging of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) . His work at the festival will find its way into his book The Dramaturg's Handbook: A Practical Guide , which received a contract from Focus Publishing in July. The manuscript is due 30 November 2008. As lead author he is collaborating with Anne Fletcher (SIU Carbondale) and Julie Felise Dubiner (Actors Theatre of Louisville).

Peter Kivisto chaired a session on Transnational Communities at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Boston earlier this month.  He was also a panelist at a “Meet the Editors” session sponsored by the ASA's graduate student association.  In addition, he was appointed to the Editorial Board of Contexts, the ASA's journal devoted to public sociology.

In late May, Peter Kivisto attended a seminar on North American Finns in Soviet Karelia at Petrozavodsk State University in Petrozavodsk, Russia.  He presented a paper titled “Reaction to Departure: The Finnish American Community Responds to ‘Karelian Fever'.”  Two slightly different versions of the paper are scheduled to be published, one in English and the other in Russian.

Dan Lee has had three additional articles accepted for publication in scholarly journals:

•  “Adam Smith and Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia,” a paper he jointly authored with his daughter, Elizabeth J. Lee, has been accepted for publication in the inaugural issue of the Global Studies Journal , a peer-reviewed journal that is part of the Common Ground family of publications. The paper, which is based on one of the chapters of the book on human rights and the ethics of globalization on which they are working, was presented at the 2008 Global Studies Conference in May.

•  “Two Concepts of Forgiveness” will appear in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics . This article, which begins with a commentary on a portion of the text of The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal (last year's “Augustana Reads” book), is an expanded version of a talk Dan gave at Tuesday morning prayer last fall. It suggests that there is an often-overlooked notion of forgiveness that involves seeing the person behind the faults, while in no way excusing the wrongdoing they have done.

•  “Cheating in the Classroom: Beyond Policing” has been accepted for publication in The Clearing House , a peer-reviewed journal oriented toward middle school and high school teachers that is part of the Heldref family of publications. Dan comments, “While it might strike some as unusual that someone who teaches on the undergraduate level would publish in a journal oriented toward middle school and high school teachers, the reality is that many of the pedagogical problems we face in the classroom on the undergraduate level have their roots in the educational experiences of students on the middle school and high school levels. If we are to change the culture of the classroom, these problems must be addressed on those levels.”

Each of the articles is directed toward a different audience. Dan notes that the key to getting articles and books published (he is currently working on his ninth book) is to identify the potential audience and then write to communicate effectively with that particular audience.

Paul Lewellan recently got a piece of flash fiction, "School Call #8," published by Opium Magazine.  Paul wrote it from his experience teaching at Bettendorf High School.  You can find the story here. Even better news is that Claire Johnson, an agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency in New York, read the story online and wants Paul to send her the first ten pages of his new novel. 

In August, Dara Wegman-Geedey again served as an article reviewer for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.  This summer she was also an outside evaluator of teaching, advising and SoTL for a promotion to full professor review of a colleague in microbiology at a doctorate-granting university (RU/VH in most recent Carnegie classification).  

Michael Zemek's article "Cooperating Teacher Selection and Preparation in Music Education" was published this summer in the Journal of Music Teacher Education .  In July his dissertation was published in a series of books on teacher education by VDM with the title Cooperating Teacher Selection and Preparation in Music Teacher Education:  Current Practices and Procedures .

In addition, Michael Zemek once again led Young Lutherans Sing, a national middle school choir and worship experience sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM).  The 76 students from across the country led the closing worship service for the ALCM Region 3 Conference at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, IL.   Augustana music education students and recent graduates joined as counselors--Beth Hayman, Kim Holland, Amy Keipert, Bobby Olson, and Kyle Severson.