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Endowed Faculty Chairs and Endowed Positions

Through the generosity of alumni and friends of the college, a wide range of endowed faculty chairs and endowed positions have been established at Augustana. These positions recognize faculty, coaches and leaders for their accomplishments while providing the resources necessary for student and teaching growth in the position's area of expertise.

Such positions represent an investment in the future of the college. Endowed chairs and positions allow Augustana to attract high-quality professors and coaches, and sustain excellence while the generosity of donors is recognized in perpetuity.

Endowed positions: academic

Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Art History

The Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts was established in 1994 by a bequest from the estate of the late Paul A. Anderson, Augustana alumnus, former member of the Augustana Board of Trustees and successful Chicago Board of Trade commodities broker.

The chair is held by Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, chair of the art history department. Dr. Goebel oversees collaborative research and publication of faculty and student essays related to Augustana College Art Museum exhibitions. One example of this is her recent work to coordinate Origins of Modernity, a project that integrated first-year studies with essays from the Augustana community and an elaborate art exhibit and catalogue, as well as a community convocation event. She has also developed an original kindergarten through fifth grade art history program used at local schools.

Robert W. Beart Endowed Chair in Chemistry, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Pamela Trotter, Chemistry

This endowed professorship is made possible by the family of the late Robert Beart, a 1939 Augustana graduate who majored in chemistry and later earned a degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. An expert in intellectual property law, he spent the vast majority of his professional life with Illinois Tool Works.

Dr. Trotter has been a leader in student-faculty collaboration at Augustana College, having organized summer research programs involving students from the departments of biology, pre-medicine, chemistry and education since 2002. She will use her position as the Beart Chair to expand programs such as student-faculty research and opportunities to attend conferences.

Earl H. Beling Chair in Mathematics, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Tom Bengtson, Mathematics

The Earl H. Beling Chair in Mathematics was established with a gift from the estate of Earl and Lucille Beling. Earl Beling was a civic, business, and education leader from Moline who founded Beling Engineering Consultants. Beling also served a two-year term as president of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Dr. Tom Bengtson of the mathematics department is the Beling Chair. Dr. Bengtson uses opportunities provided by the chair to mentor 4-5 students, designated Beling Scholars, in research projects in mathematics. These students present their research at state and national mathematics conferences, as well as the Augustana Celebration of Learning. Dr. Bengtson also presents lectures on various topics in mathematics.

Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Karin Youngberg, English

The first endowed chair in the history of the college, the Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities was established in 1983 in honor of Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, a graduate of the class of 1915 and president emeritus of Augustana College. It is to be held by a person whose scholarship and teaching embrace all of the humanities disciplines and who will act as the symbol and advocate of broad as well as intensive humanities study at Augustana.

Dr. Karin Youngberg joined the English department in 1967, and in 1980 became the first woman elected to chair the Faculty Senate. The Phi Beta Kappa Augustana graduate has a long association with East Hall Press, which gives students hands-on experience in book publishing.

Marian Taft Cannon Chair in the Humanities, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Dan Lee, Ethics/Religion

Established by the estate of Wilbur and Marian Taft Cannon in 2013, the endowment was envisioned by Wilbur Taft as a means of honoring his wife and the passion she had for teaching. Marian Taft was born in China and later settled in the Quad Cities. She taught French at Augustana from 1962-1976.

Dr. Dan Lee has been a member of the Augustana faculty since 1974. His teaching responsibilities include courses in business ethics and medical ethics. On a two-year cycle, he teaches the course “Faiths in Dialogue,” after which he and his students spend 12 days in Rome visiting various sites of significance, attending an audience with the pope, and meeting with church officials and other individuals to engage in dialogue about issues discussed in the course.

William F. Freistat Chair for Studies in World Peace, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Heidi Storl, Philosophy

Established in 1992, the Freistat Chair for Studies in World Peace was established by William F. Freistat, Augustana alumnus and retired Kaiser Industries executive. The Freistat Chair supports multi-disciplinary involvement in peace studies and furthers the development of the Peace Studies program at Augustana through research, seminars, lectures and forums. It is held through sequential appointments of faculty members, each for a specified term.

The Freistat Chair is held by Dr. Heidi Storl. Dr. Storl specializes in the philosophy of mind, clinical ethics, and German phenomenology, and in the development of realistic accounts of who we are and how we relate to each other and our world.

Fritiof M. Fryxell Chair in Geology, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. William Hammer, Geology

The Fritiof Fryxell Chair in Geology was established in 1985 in honor of Dr. Fritiof M. Fryxell, nationally known geologist and founder of the Augustana College geology department. It is the second endowed chair in the college's history.

The Fryxell Chair is held by Dr. William Hammer, best known for his field research in Antarctica, where he has twice discovered the fossilized remains of dinosaurs. In January 2004, Dr. Hammer led a research expedition that resulted in the discovery of a dinosaur that lived as long as 200 million years ago, ancient even by the standards of paleontology. It is only the second dinosaur discovered on the earth's southernmost continent (Dr. Hammer discovered the first in 1991). While his field work takes place 10,000 miles from Augustana's campus, his achievements have had a direct impact on his students, as they view and even handle specimens in Dr. Hammer's research lab and in Augustana's Fryxell Museum of Geology.

S. James Galley Endowed Chair in Accounting, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Pamela J. Druger, Accounting

The S. James Galley Chair in Accounting was established in 1996 by gifts from friends and former students of the late S. James Galley, who taught in Augustana College's accounting department for 34 years and worked in the development office following his retirement from teaching. The Chair fund was enhanced by Duane Swanson, '61, who was an alumnus of the accounting program.

Druger joined the Augustana faculty in 1987, having completed a master's degree at the University of Iowa. She is regarded by her students as a fine teacher and outstanding mentor and advisor. In recent years she has worked effectively to rebuild enrollment in accounting, while continuing the department's tradition of placing students in strong graduate schools and excellent jobs.

Gassman Family Chair in Music, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Jon Hurty, Music

The Gassman Family Chair in Music was established in 2012 by Marvin '33 and Marian Hoffbauer '32 Gassman. Marian Gassman played on the women's basketball team during her years at Augustana and went on to be an avid athlete throughout her life. Marvin Gassman, a lover of music, played the trumpet at Augustana and sang in the Wennerberg Chorus.

Dr. Jon Hurty was named the first Gassman Chair in Music in 2012. Dr. Hurty joined the Augustana faculty in 1996 and is professor and director of choral activities. He directs the Augustana Choir and the Augustana Chamber Singers, and he teaches conducting and is co-chair of the music department. Dr. Hurty also directs the adult choir at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport and is the conductor and artistic director of Quad City Choral Arts. He serves as the conductor of the Handel Oratorio Society at Augustana.

Edward Hamming Chair in Geography, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Reuben Heine, Geography

The Hamming Chair memorializes Dr. Edward Hamming, who founded the Geography Department at Augustana in 1949 and taught in it for 31 years. Dr. Hamming died in 1982 and the chair was established in 1997 with more than 250 gifts from family, friends, colleagues and former students. 

The Hamming Chair is held by Dr. Reuben Heine. Dr. Heine serves as associate professor and chair of the Department of Geography. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, and began teaching at Augustana in 2005. Dr. Heine's special geography interests include water resources management, fluvial geomorphology and Geographic Information Systems. He has brought to the department an enthusiasm for research trips on the Mississippi River, which he conducts with students on a geography research boat bearing the name The Scholar Ship.

Stuart Lee and Virginia Talbott Harbour Chair, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Ellen Hay, Communication Studies

The Stuart Lee and Virginia Talbott Harbour Chair was established by a gift from the estate of Stuart and Virginia (Talbott) Harbour. Mr. Harbour was a 1943 graduate of Augustana, after which he  earned a master's degree in business administration from Georgetown University and enjoyed a lengthy career as an analyst with the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. Virginia Harbour taught in the Fairfax County school system where she helped establish courses in home economics. 

Dr. Ellen Hay joined Augustana as a communication studies faculty member in 1989. Her expertise is in communication assessment, civic engagement and service learning. She enjoys looking for opportunities to develop local projects that Augustana student can serve the Quad City communities.

Violet M. Jaeke Chair of Family Life, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Sharon Varallo,Communication Studies

The Violet M. Jaeke Chair of Family Life was established in 1987 by Harold T. Jaeke, Augustana alumnus and retired Oscar Mayer & Co. executive and board member, in memory of his late wife, Violet Jaeke, a former teacher in the Moline, Ill. school district. In addition to a professorship, the gift supports programming in the field of family studies. The Jaekes also provided funding for the Harold T. and Violet M. Jaeke Awards for excellence in service among Augustana faculty, staff and administration.

The Jaeke Chair is held by Dr. Sharon Varallo. Dr. Varallo serves as associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Her academic interests include communication in close relationships, caregiving, gender and intercultural communication.

Larry P. Jones Fellowship in the Natural Sciences, Faculty Fellowship Fund

Dr. Scott Gehler, Biology

Established through the estate of Dr. Larry P. Jones '67, this endowment provides support for a tenure-track faculty member in the Natural Science Division to engage in summer research or other scholarly activities. After earning his bachelor's from Augustana in 1965, Dr. Jones received his master's from Iowa State University in 1968 and doctorate from Oregon State University in 1972. He joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) later that same year. In addition to teaching, Dr. Jones served as the associate dean of the College of Science. His legacy as a teacher, researcher and mentor at UTEP lives on through the people he inspired and the Medical Professions Institute he founded in 2002 to prepare students for careers in the medical professions. Medical school acceptances among UTEP graduates doubled during Dr. Jones' time as the director of the institute. He retired from the university in 2008.

Dr. Scott Gehler was named as the second Jones Fellow in 2013. Dr. Gehler earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, and specializes in the study and teaching of human physiology, cell biology, cancer biology, neuroscience.  

Dorothy J. Parkander Chair in Literature, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Jason Peters, English

The Dorothy Parkander Chair in Literature was established in 2001 in honor of Dr. Dorothy Parkander '46, professor emeritus of English, who was a member of the Augustana English Department for 49 years.

Jason Peters received his B.A. from Calvin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His teaching interests include British and American Romanticism, Catholic fiction, and environmental literature; his research past and present has centered on Owen Barfield, Wendell Berry, Flannery O'Connor, and the Southern Agrarians. He has published on both British and American writers in such journals as Sewanee Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Christianity and Literature, English Language Notes, Explicator, the Journal of Religion and Society, and Orion.  Recent publications include Wendell Berry:  Life and Work (University Press of Kentucky). Every other year he teaches a course on the British Romantic poets and then leads students on a hiking tour of the Lake District in England.  Dr. Peters helped establish “Augie Acres,” a student run garden located on campus.

Frank Strohkarck Chair of Business and Economics, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Janis Lonergan, Business Administration

The Frank Strohkarck Chair of Business and Economics was established in 2002 through the estate of Frank Strohkarck '30. Strohkarck served as vice president and director of research with the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for 30 years.

The Strohkarck Chair is held by Dr. Janis Lonergan, professor of business administration. Dr. Lonergan joined the Augustana faculty in 1976 after earning her master's degree in economics from Southern Illinois University, where she also earned her Ph.D . shortly after beginning her career at Augustana.

Richard A. Swanson Chair of Social Thought, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Peter Kivisto, Sociology

The Richard A. Swanson Chair of Social Thought was established in 2002 in honor of Richard Swanson '54, who served as Augustana's director of college relations, dean of college ministries and campus chaplain from 1966 to 1999.

A member of Augustana's sociology department for more than 20 years, Dr. Peter Kivisto holds the Swanson Chair. His eclectic research, which has taken him to Finland and Sweden, involves a range of topics including immigration and multiculturalism. Dr. Kivisto is also the editor of The Sociological Quarterly, a journal devoted to cutting-edge research and theory in all areas of sociological inquiry.

Henry Veld Chair in Music, Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Daniel Culver, Music

The Henry Veld Chair in Music was established in 1987 by gifts and commitments from former students and friends of the college in tribute to the late Henry Veld, founder of the widely respected Augustana Choir, conductor of the Handel Oratorio Society and long-time faculty member.

The Veld Chair in Music is currently held by Dr. Daniel Culver, professor of music. Dr. Culver is conductor of the Augustana College Symphony Orchestra and teaches classes in conducting, orchestral literature, history and theory. Every three years, he takes a small group of students to Vienna for a three-month study of history, literature and music of Vienna.

Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Faculty Chair Fund

Dr. Kathy J. Jakielski, Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences was established in 2008 in honor of Florence Wertz, a 1944 Augustana graduate who made her career in speech pathology, working especially with children with developmental disabilities in the Twin Cities. Her husband, the late Dr. John Wertz, taught chemistry at Augustana in the 1940s.

Dr. Kathy J. Jakielski, professor of communication sciences and disorders, is the inaugural holder of the Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. While students have shared how inspirational they find Dr. Jakielski's teaching, she is also committed to engaging them both as a guide in research and as a mentor in their professional development. She joined the Augustana faculty in 1998 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas, and since coming here she has been especially effective in involving students in research, and including student co-authors in her publications.

Endowed positions: non-academic

Lutheran Brotherhood Chaplaincy Endowment

Richard Priggie, Chaplain

Formed by the Lutheran Brotherhood, a fraternal benefit society headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., the Chaplaincy Endowment supports the activities of Augustana's Office of Campus Ministries. The endowment was established in 1996 under the Lutheran Brotherhood's Chaplaincy Challenge Grant program whereby half was contributed by the college and half by the fraternal group.Under the leadership of Pastor Richard Priggie, the campus ministries program provides students with spiritual guidance and opportunities for worship, learning and service. The endowment also helps support efforts to create future lay leaders for churches by giving student workers a chance to contribute in the daily tasks involved with running a successful ministry.Under the guidance of Pastor Richard Priggie, the campus ministries program provides students with spiritual guidance and opportunities for worship, learning and service. Every year, Pastor Priggie leads students on a spring break service trip. The endowment also helps support efforts to create future lay leaders for churches by giving student workers a chance to contribute in the daily tasks involved with running a successful ministry.

Gassman Family Coach in Women's Athletics

Kris Kistler, Softball
Scott Mejia, Soccer

The Gassman Family Coach in Women's Athletics was established in 2012 by Marvin '33 and Marian Hoffbauer '32 Gassman. Marian Gassman played on the women's basketball team during her years at Augustana and went on to be an avid athlete throughout her life. Marvin Gassman, a lover of music, played the trumpet at Augustana and sang in the Wennerberg Chorus. 

Kris Kistler has been the head softball coach at Augustana College since 1999, and she has established the Vikings' reputation in both the CCIW and NCAA Division III. 

Scott Mejia began at Augustana in 2000 coaching both men's and women's soccer.  The Augustana women have compiled a 49-21-7 record in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) play under Mejia.

Terry K. and Sandra K. Shockley Head Wrestling Coach

Eric Juergens, Wrestling

Established by Terry K. '62, and Sandra K. '65 Shockley and their family, and funded through the Shockley Foundation, the Terry K. and Sandra K. Shockley Head Wrestling Coach fund encourages continued excellence at Augustana College in the intercollegiate sport of wrestling.

Eric Juergens has served as coach of Augustana's wrestling team since 2007. A two time NCAA Division I national champion, Juergens became the first Shockley Head Wrestling Coach in 2008, making Augustana the first school in the CCIW and one of a select few in NCAA Division III to have an endowed coaching position in its athletic department.

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