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December 12, 2005



General Education Notes


Learning Community proposals are due December 15. See the announcement here. The General Education Committee appreciates the efforts of those involved in the pilot of learning communities this year and anticipates that those teaching currently will do so next year. We also are seeking additional LS proposals from all divisions, as we hope to add as many as three LS courses per term next year to provide additional flexibility for first-year students..


Call for Student Summer Research Projects


Last week, all students received this letter announcing a call for proposals to conduct research or developing an artistic composition/performance while working with faculty member this summer. Academic Affairs encourages faculty to help students identify projects. Generous gifts from the the Lindstrom Foundation and the Eli Lilly Foundation provide funds to support stipends for student research of up to ten weeks in the summer. Faculty mentoring these projects will receive a $500. reimbursement account to be used for any professional expenses. The expectation is that most projects will occur on campus, and campus housing will be provided with all summer fellowships. While all proposed projects must be guided by a faculty member, proposals must be written by the student. A letter from the faculty guide must accompany all proposals. Projects must incorporate significant opportunities for conversations between the faculty mentor and the student about the broader significance of the research. Deadline: January 31, 2006.


Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the March 2006 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Friday, January 20, 2006.  Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals.  These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.  A submission to be considered for publication as an Undergraduate Research Highlight should include the information listed below and must be submitted to the Editor of the Quarterly by email (Charlotte Otto,


Items to include in your description:

  • title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages)
  • a brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance
  • title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member
  • a brief description of the student co-author(s). Include year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, and the current status of the student(s).
  • the source of funding for the work


Office of the Registrar

Enrollment Verification Report #2 will be distributed December 12 and will be due in the Office of the Registrar Friday, January 6.


From the Tredway Library

To complement the exhibit currently on view at the Art Museum, "Origins of Modernity," the Tredway Library has mounted the display "Pen and Ink: Art Nouveau and Art Deco Pens and Inkstands." Dating from the 1890s to the 1940s, the inkstands (and inkwells) reveal the development of art nouveau in the late 19th century and the flowering of art deco in the 1920s and '30s. The pens on view were manufactured in the 1930s and exhibit an interest in not only pen technology but design and color. The display is on view near the entrance to the Library on 2nd floor for the duration of Winter Term. The inkstands are on loan from the Augustana Art Museum and the pens from the private collection of Nick Dobson.


On display in the Faculty Publications Area of the Tredway Library are 6 blue Rörstrand Christmas plates issued by the Swedish company in the 1970s to commemorate the famous Swedish novel The Wonderful Adventures of Nils written in 1907 by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf. The plates and various editions of the novel are on loan from the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center.


Correspondence from Dillard University

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


I want to thank all of you for your emails of concern about me personally and Dillard University. We are in the process of rebuilding and plan to reopen Dillard in New Orleans in January. While our campus will not be ready we will be able to reunite our scattered family of students, faculty and staff on alternate sites. Unfortunately we will not be reconstituted in our entirety.


Many have inquired over the past few months about what they can do to help. I am inviting you to access an unofficial Yahoo group where Dillard faculty and others across the country can access each other. There are several faculty we are unable to bring back in January who need research and employment opportunities. Also many of us have lost our personal libraries. So if you know of an opportunity and would like to announce it directly to our faculty please feel free to do so. And if you have books in specialty areas please post them and so you and our faculty members can exchange information to acquire the books directly.


In this small way I hope you can feel engaged and our faculty can receive help and support. Go to: http// or email


Thank you,

Danille K. Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Humanities
Dillard University



Faculty And Families: Creating a Culture of Balance

A panel discussion sponsored by WGS/CSTL/Academic Affairs
Wednesday, January 11, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Wilson Center

Considering Faculty Priorities and Workload

Ellen Hay will present the most recent Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) data to see how Augustana compares to other colleges and universities. 

Mothering and the Small College Environment

Sharon Varallo recently participated in a National Communication Association conference panel on this issue and will share the results of that discussion, including commentary on recent popular texts, such as Judith Warner's Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety.  

Rethinking Faculty Work in the New Academe

Dara Wegman-Geedey is part of the team planning an American Association of Colleges and University's conference on this topic and will help us consider the “emerging challenges and changing roles” for faculty all around the country trying to balance family and work. 

From Individual Struggles to Collective Change

Kristy Nabhan-Warren will moderate a brainstorming session on possible strategies that could be employed to create a “culture of balance” here at Augustana.