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Faculty Newsletter December 3, 2018

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PRESENTER: Kristin Douglas

3:30- 5:00 P.M.


FYI 101 instructors voted to repeat Between the World and Me as the Augie Reads text for 2019-2020. This week's Friday Conversation provides an opportunity for discussion about what worked and what didn't in teaching the text. The idea is to share ideas and learn from each other while the experience from Fall term is still fresh in our minds. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Faculty News

Adam Kaul recently attended the American Anthropological Association meetings in San Jose, California where he participated in a panel entitled "Creative Acts of Resistance and Resilience in a Politically Volatile World". His paper was called "Performing Across Boundaries on the Streets of Ireland: Collaborative Cultural Fusion, or Transgressive Cultural Appropriation?" 

Ann Perreau (CSD) completed a sabbatical this fall at the University of Iowa Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Research Lab under the direction of Dr. Richard Tyler. Ann contributed to several projects, including updating counseling materials for audiogists providing tinnitus treatment, writing papers on tinnitus, hyperacusis (or sound sensitivity), and spousal support for patients with tinnitus, and conducting a study on use of an App to reduce tinnitus in cochlear implant patients. In the next year, Ann will be serve as editor and a contributing author along with Dr. Tyler on the second edition of Tinnitus Treatment: Clinical Protocols by Thieme Publishers. 

Tony Pomales (Anthropology) recently presented a paper titled "Empowerment, Marginalization, and Women's Agency in a Sex Workers' Rights NGO in Costa Rica" at the American Anthropological Association annual meetings in San Jose, CA. The paper drew on Tony's ethnographic study of aging in the sex industry to explore how a project aimed at empowering sex-working women was reshaped by their accrued histories of growing economic precarity. The paper argued that two overlapping strands contributed to sex workers' experiences of inequality and marginalization as they related to that project and to their perceived need to change its managerial staff and labor structure: first, the contingent nature of the project, and, second, the failure of NGO professionals to account for the everyday lived realities and diverse biographies of the sex-working women it ostensibly aimed to help. The paper developed the second strand, noting how sex workers capitalized on the empowerment concept which was used to target them to reform the project in a way that allowed them both to pursue emerging opportunities for social mobility within the transnational NGO world and to promote what is referred to in the paper as "pragmatic empowerment," that is, a form of empowerment that authorizes and brings to account the knowledges and practices, human needs and aspirations of adult sex-working women of different ages.


Campus Cupboard

During week three we served 38 students, translating to 262.5 pounds of food dispersed. We are currently looking for donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soup, and pasta for next Thursday. Donation drop-off bins can be found on the first floor of Old Main (faculty lounge), Founders (dean's office), Denkmann (near the language secretary's office), Evald (sociology office), and Olin (across from room 105), as well as the second floor of the Tredway library and in Sorensen's Business Office. Thank you all for your continued support!


Longfellow School Holiday Book Drive

For many years, the Reading/Writing Center has collected books for Longfellow School children. From now til Friday, December 14th, we will again be accepting donations of new or like-new (undamaged, unmarked) children's books for ages 4 to 12.  

Donated books may be sent to the Reading/Writing Center through campus mail or dropped off during open hours (10-4 MTWTh, 10-2:30 F, or 7-9pm SMTWTh).  Alternatively, if you email Lucas Street, he will send someone to your office to pick up your books.

The books find their ways into classroom collections as well as incentives and gifts for the children during the rest of the school year. The Longfellow teachers and staff are always grateful to receive them. Last year we collected 327 books--enough to allow each child at Longfellow to choose one to keep.


RWC Class Visits Available

Reading/Writing Center tutors are available to visit your classes for 7-10 minutes to introduce the RWC and its services. We often schedule these short visits during library instruction sessions, but we are happy to visit your classroom as well.

If you're interested in a class visit, please email Lucas Street the following information:

  • your course code(s) and meeting times
  • 2 or 3 dates that would work well for a visit, in order of preference
  • the classroom or part of the library in which you'll be meeting


RWC Workshop for Students: "Effective Oral Presentations"

Presented by RWC Peer Tutors Nadia Ayensah, Thao-Nhi Huynh, and Hannah Vercellotti

Sunday, December 2nd from 7:00-7:45pm in Westerlin Lounge

Free food provided


Drill Announcement

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 will be our next campus-wide emergency drill. More information will be communicated as the date approaches.





Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

Semester Munch and Table Topics. CFE and Semester Transition Team pair up for Wilson Center lunch hour Table Topics this winter. On Tuesdays of weeks 6, and 9 from noon-1:30, CFE and your semester transition coordinators will host discussions in a very informal setting in the Wilson Center, with light munchies and coffee provided. Relax and converse over coffee -- come to hear others' ideas or to offer your own.

Week 6 (Tuesday 1/8/19 noon -1:30 p.m.) - Getting Ready for the First-Ever J-term Fair

Week 9 (Tuesday 1/29/19 noon-1:30 p.m.) ;- Finding Harmony in our Busy Schedules


Gender Revolution film enrichment — watch to win $25 at Cool Beanz or Hy-Vee

Incentive: For all faculty and staff members who watch on their own and email CFE by February 1,your names will be included in drawings for two $25 gift cards. Our students need for us to understand and model not only acceptance but also deeper understanding of science and the law. This engaging social documentary is a good start.

This award-winning documentary explains gender identities of all kinds, with a special focus on understanding transgender identities.  It was screened on campus in week 1 to a small audience. For Diversity enrichment, please consider watching the National Geographic Documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. The DVD is currently on reserve at Tredway Library for a 3-day checkout and is available to watch free online. Music faculty member Sarah Burns reported finding a free way to watch the documentary on Katie Couric's Facebook page.

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)


The Violet M. Jaeke Family Life fund could help to support teaching, research, service or general campus initiatives of interest to you and your students. Proposals accepted year round.

Teaching: Many courses have links to family life. Jaeke Family Life funding can support teaching relevant to family study in both applied and theoretical realms. Jaeke funding has helped with field trips, invited speakers, instructional supplies, library acquisitions and even pizza incentives for focus groups, all in support of family-related issues in the classroom, with topics ranging from immigration and sexuality to public policy and marital therapy, from trans identity talks and feminist art installations to film purchases to support teaching goals.

Research: Jaeke can help cover conference registration and travel fees to conference venues such as The Work and Family Researchers Network ( ), The Council on Contemporary Families, or the Prisoner's Family Network. Most conference support has been on family-related research at venues that have broad appeal. If your work is with families, about families, or benefits families, then please know there could be funding to support that work.

Service-Learning or Internships: Jaeke Family Life funding can help support students in family-related internships in organizations such as the Texas Medical Center or in rape/domestic violence hotline training programs through Family Resources. In the past, Jaeke funds paid for background checks and supplies for students volunteering with refugee families via World Relief. Along with support from Education/Longfellow Elementary funding, Jaeke funds helped support a creative after-school program involving teaching yoga practices to Longfellow children and their families

Service/Outreach: Some service projects might qualify for outreach funding. For example, Jaeke funding recently paid for healthy snacks for Opportunity Kicks Tutoring, an after-school tutoring program run by Augie students that combines soccer with study skills.

Campus Initiatives: Jaeke funds underwrite babysitting fees for Friday Conversations, to help allow Augie parents the opportunity to attend college functions and supporting student workers. This year, Jaeke funds have been proposed to pay for all-gender restroom signs to be installed around campus.

Please contact Sharon Varallo if you, your students, or staff have or would like to brainstorm ideas about family-related research, teaching, service or campus-related initiatives.

Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

Augustana College has been selected to receive a NetVUE Program Development Grant in the amount of $50,000! The grant enables us to "broadly and deeply infuse vocational reflection into the academic curriculum and integrate vocational classroom learning with co-curricular activities." It will fund three sets of Education for Vocation Seminars (EVS) for Augustana educators. Each cohort will  introduce and discuss the value and methods of educating our students for purposeful lives of faithfulness and responsibility in a diverse world. While some of this may change, the plan is as follows (beginning May of 2019):

         A first cohort (of faculty teaching the sophomore-level required course, “Reasoned Examination of Faith”) will design, implement, and assess shared assignments that introduce all sophomores to the important concept of education for vocation.

        A second cohort (of faculty and other campus educators leading upper-level, high-impact student experiences) will deepen vocational reflection among self-selecting students who are studying away/abroad or involved in service-learning or internships.

       The final cohort (of directors of co-curricular programs such as advising, residential life, athletics, and multicultural and international student programming) will design, implement, and assess co-curricular events and opportunities that reinforce and extend classroom learning about vocation

These seminars will inform and empower educators (both faculty and co-curricular directors) to incorporate understandings of and reflections on vocation in signature academic courses and co-curricular programs. Each cohort of EVS participants will study and discuss:

(1) How education-for-vocation has become a leading theme within Lutheran higher education;

(2) How vocation and the scholarship on vocation are reshaping the landscape of independent colleges and universities in overlapping and distinctive ways; and

(3) Best practices in the teaching of vocation and in vocational discernment within college courses and co-curricular programs, along with possible texts, experiences and assignments to use with students

Augustana was among a group of NetVUE members selected to receive one of the awards, the purpose of which is to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. NetVUE Program Development Grants are made possible thanks to generous financial support to CIC by Lilly Endowment Inc.  

Please look for more information to come about how YOU might participate in this exciting initiative!


YOU are invited to any part of a four-part book discussion on The Vocation of Lutheran Higher Education. We will make this as much like a book club as we can—informal conversation about the themes in the book, peppered by sharing experiences, questions, concerns, and joys related to our own vocations in educating for vocation. If you did not sign up for the whole series, not to worry, Jason can get you a copy of individual chapters and you can join us for a week or two or more (please contact him at  We will gather in the Wilson Center each of the designated Tuesdays for food and beverages beginning at 3:30, and then begin discussing select portions of the book at 4PM. If you find them helpful, please look over the discussion questions that conclude each chapter; they may spark or sustain our conversation.

Here are weekly themes and suggested chapters for each week:

December 4:     The Marks (or charisms or characteristics) of Lutheran Higher Ed

                                    Chapter 6, by Darrell Jodock (Gustavus Adolphus)

                                    Chapter 7, by Marty Stortz (Augsburg)

       January 8          Outside Perspectives on Lutheran Education

                                    Chapter 8, by Eboo Patel (Interfaith Youth Core)

                                    Chapter 9, by Mary Henold (Roanoke College)

(Those of you who like a debate might also read the more critical remarks in Chapter 11 by Bob Benne—Roanoke College.

January 22        Trajectories on the Horizon

                                   Chapter 12, by Jason Mahn (Augustana College)

                                   Chapter 14, by Kit Kleinhans (formerly of Wartburg College) 


You may find the following two essays (from NetVUE's blog, "Vocation Matters") to be helpful  as you face challenging periods in your life and continue to reflect on your own sense of calling, meaning and purpose. 

The first is a realistic look at the burnout that faces so many of us:

The second is an honest and hopeful look at vocational reflection during a time of crisis:

Weekly Events

Monday, December 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - New Faculty Mentoring Circle, Wilson, Brunner

Tuesday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, December 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. - Augustana Flute and Clarinet Choir Concert, Janet Stodd and Susan Schwaegler, directors, Wallenberg Hall

Thursday, December 6 - Saturday, December 8, 7:30 p.mTheatre: The Children's Hour, Honkamp Myhre Black Box, Brunner Theatre Center

Sunday, December 9, 1:30 p.m. Theatre: The Children's Hour, Honkamp Myhre Black Box, Brunner Theatre Center

Sunday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. - Faculty Recital Juliana Han, piano, Centennial Hall

Faculty Research Fund

The Faculty Research Committee solicits proposals for the Faculty Research Fund

Nature of this research fund:

  • The fund exists to support the creative and scholarly activity of the faculty.
  • Fundable items include, but are not limited to, special equipment (which would be considered college property), supplies, journal page costs, work in major archives, and additional study.
  • Projects aimed at bolstering academic coursework or assisting with dissertation research and writing are not eligible.
  • Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Research Committee and funded as part of the college’s annual administrative budget.
  • The total annual funds to be drawn upon for this year total approximately $10,000. 
  • Past awards have ranged from $200 to $2,500.
  • Continuing projects are eligible for repeated funding but must include an annual timeline and annual budget.  Proposals that build upon previously funded projects must demonstrate progress and have expended the previous year’s funding.
  • Any faculty member with academic rank, including full-time, joint-appointment, adjunct or part-time faculty, is eligible to apply.  This includes librarians, coaches, or appointees to concurrent administrative positions with rank.

Guidelines and selection criteria for the research fund (see Faculty Handbook for details):

  1. Five page maximum proposal including itemized budget
  2. Proposal must include:
    • Identification of research problem or description of creative project
    • Explanation of materials and methods, including itemized budget, required to tackle problem
    • Relation of proposed work to work of applicant’s peers
    • Nature of result or product anticipated, i.e. publications, art exhibits, baseline information for future work, etc.
    • Timeline for significant milestones or project completion
    • Summary of research grants received from Augustana sources during the past five years, along with results of projects funded
    • Current curriculum vitae (includes applicant’s general qualifications and relevant previous work; this is in addition to the five page limit for the proposal; please limit CV to five pages)
  3. Criteria used by the committee to evaluate proposals: eligibility, clarity of presentation, appropriate budget prediction, prospects for publication and public attention, applicant’s qualifications, inclusion of student researchers (student researchers are not required, but are often favorably reviewed)
  4. Expectation for funded work:
  • A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was presented, performed, and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College and the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee no later than 1 year after notification of the grant. 
  • Funds not expended by 1 year after the award notification will revert back to the general Faculty Research account.  Any exceptions must be approved by the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee and the Dean of the College prior to the end of the grant year.
  • Faculty who are funded by these grants are expected to give a lecture or public presentation of the project’s results within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products created from funded work.

Please send your proposal by email to Michelle Heinrichs  by 5 pm on Friday, January 18. 2019 Awards will be announced by February 15.   Direct questions to Dan Corts (Chair), or other committee members: Jeff Renaud, Ann Perreau, Trang Phan, Andrew Sward, or Lauren Hammond.