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Newly tenured professors talk about teaching

January  05, 2012

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This series of videos recognizes Augustana College's newly tenured professors.

The series starts with Dr. Reuben Heine, associate professor of geography, who never hesitates to involve students in real-world research projects on the Mississippi River. As the skipper of the college's floating classroom Stewardship, Dr. Heine enjoys collaborating with colleagues from across campus and from government agencies to provide students with hands-on, and sometimes muddy, high-impact learning experiences. (Transcript)

Inside Dr. Ian Harrington's classroom... After removing a leg from an anesthetized cockroach, students evoke electrical responses by touching the leg, and then drive motor activity in the leg with electrical inputs from their iPods, all using the bioamplifiers they built from a bag of parts. This helps students understand how all brain activity, in cockroaches and humans alike, is fundamentally electrical. The class is part of the college's new neuroscience major, which is co-directed by Dr. Harrington, associate professor of psychology.

Banjo aficionado Dr. Adam Kaul, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social welfare, plays a few Irish folk songs to demonstrate music's role as a common denominator among cultures. Dr. Kaul, who lived on the west coast of Ireland for his doctoral research, returns regularly to conduct more research projects. He believes it's key for students to be engaged with research as undergraduates, and to be taught by faculty who actively conduct their own research.

Associate professor of business administration Dr. Lina Zhou, who grew up in China, shares a truly global economic perspective with her business students. And she is committed to making them the "major players" in her classroom. See how she does it.

Associate professor of music Dr. Randall Hall leads a group of students through an improvisational musical performance. His mission is to challenge his students to think in new ways whether he is teaching improvisation or music theory. Questioning one's assumptions is the bedrock of a liberal arts education, he says, and the only way to arrive at a deeper understanding of almost anything, whether in music or life. An accomplished musician in his own right, Dr. Hall often accompanies his students with his instrument of choice, the saxophone.