This week in brief

Monday, September 22
4:00 – 5:00 PM – LS102 Meeting for All LS Faculty
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

5:00 PM – CVR Open Meeting – “How Do We Accompany Students as they Discern a Call to Ministry?”
Carlsson Evald Hall 104

7:00 PM – Dinner with Peter Sanders
Wilson Center
Previous RSVP required

Tuesday, September 23
11:30 – 11:50 AM - Reflections – Cyrus Ali Zargar, Religion Dept.
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:30 PM – THE DISAPPEARED: Midwest Premiere & Conversation with Filmmaker Peters Sanders
Science Hall 102
Reception to Follow

8:00 PM – Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Janina Ehrlich, cello
Dennis Loftin, piano

Wednesday, September 24
1:00  – 2:00 PM – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

9:30 PM – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, September 25
10:30 – 11:20 AM – Convocation – James Kunstler – “The Long Emergency”
Centennial Hall
See “Announcements” for complete description

4:30–6:00 PM – From Proposal to Publication: Practical Advice
Wilson Center
See “Announcements” for complete description

7:00 PM – Stone Lecture on Judaism – “Israel Among the Nations”
Olin Auditorium

Friday, September 26
4:00 PM – Friday Conversations – “’Who cares?’ or Are Augustana Students Civically Engaged? Some Preliminary Data from the Teagle Study.”
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Michael Nolan and Tim Schermer

8:00 PM – Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Susan Schwaegler, clarinet
Christine Bellomy, clarinet
Dennis Loftin, piano

Saturday, September 27
No events scheduled

Sunday, September 28
10:30 AM – Sunday Morning Worship

Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

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

7:30 PM – Bach Vespers
Ascension Chapel
Larry Peterson, organ
Christine Robertson, soprano
James Lambrecht, trumpet

Volume 6, Issue 5 • September 22, 2008


“Enduring Questions” NEH Grant—open to all disciplines

It looks as if the federal government is finally catching up with liberal-arts pedagogy.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced “Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants,” that provide funds for faculty to design a new course that explores the big questions.  As the call for the grant states:

Enduring questions are, to an overarching degree, pre-disciplinary. They are questions to which no discipline or field or profession can lay an exclusive claim. Enduring questions can be tackled by reflective individuals regardless of their chosen vocations, areas of expertise, or personal backgrounds. They are questions that have more than one plausible or interesting answer. They have long held interest for young people, and they allow for a special, intense dialogue across generations. The Enduring Questions grant program will help promote such dialogue in today’s undergraduate environment.

The grants are open to all disciplines and are up to $25,000. The deadline is November 1, 2008. You can learn more at the National Endowment for the Humanities website. Please get in touch with Michael Nolan if you have questions or want to talk over an idea.

Reminder: NEH Teaching Development Fellowships

The October 1 deadline for the Teaching Development Fellowships is approaching. If you are interested in this opportunity but cannot apply this year, please keep the grant in mind for next year. The NEH has not committed to trying these grants again, but the language on its web page suggests it will likely do so.

The Teaching Development is an intriguing initiative that focuses on teaching and course improvement in the humanities.  The program offers faculty members an opportunity--including the time and funding--to work on improving a course that they teach often (at least three times).  A brief description of the work the grant supports:
The research undertaken as a part of the project may involve engaging with fundamental texts or sources, exploring related subjects or academic disciplines, or cultivating neglected areas of learning. Projects may entail the acquisition of new language or digital skills as a means to performing the proposed research. The project must be directed primarily towards course improvement, not scholarly publication.

In other words, the NEH is open to a variety of approaches that can improve teaching in your discipline. There will be 24 grants awarded nationwide, and given the quality and dedication of the humanities faculty here, I can envision several possible grants to the NEH.
Here is a link to the full proposal.

Good hunting!
Michael Nolan
Associate Dean of Grants and Assessment

Grants web page and an opportunity for new faculty

A comprehensive on-line list of grant and funding sources is available on the campus web page. If you have ideas suitable for either internal funding or external funding, please get in touch with Michael Nolan (7367).

New Faculty Research Awards

New faculty members might want to start thinking about New Faculty Research Awards. The deadline is November 15, which on the term system is sooner than it looks.  Please be in touch of you have questions or would like to discuss ideas. Your colleagues with a year or two under their belts may be willing to offer insider tips as well.
Eligibility:  All new tenure-track faculty
Deadline:  November 15; funds are available earlier if needed
Notification:  December 8
All new faculty members can apply for up to $4,000 in support for research per year (in any of the four areas of scholarship defined by Ernest Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered) in their first three years of service to Augustana. Those funds can be combined with any of the other grants mentioned here. 
Normally, an application need be no longer than five pages or 1,500 words. Submit your application to the dean of the college using the guidelines found here.

Responsibilities of the Grantee

Michael Nolan
Associate Dean of Grants and Assessment