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Faculty Newsletter Feb. 17, 2020

This Week's message

THURSDAY CONVERSATION THIS WEEK

February 20, 2020

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

TOPIC: Why Augustana Must Talk to Students about Vocation

A presentation by special guest, Dr. Tim Clydesdale, Professor of Sociology at the College of New Jersey.  

"We all know that higher education has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal--career training--and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival." 

So begins the blurb for Tim Clydesdale's invaluable book, The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Is Augustana a place where students forgo big questions about meaning, self-discovery, purpose, faithfulness, and justice to focus exclusively on return on investment? We think not! Still, we can always become more creative and strategic in how we educate for vocation and produce purposeful graduates.

During this week's ThurCo conversation, Dr. Tim Clydesdale will share his findings from a large-scale national study of the ways that colleges have developed systematic and creative programs that engage students on the question of purpose, and how that engagement brings greater intellectual development, more robust community engagement, and a more proactive approach to life-long goals.

This session will be of particular interest to the 40-some first-year advisors who incorporated vocational reflection and learning e-portfolios into their FYI 100 class this Fall; to the 26 members of Augustana's "Education-for-Vocation" seminars; to the new Vocational Discernment Advisory Board; to advisors; to leaders of co-curricular programs; and, really, to all those committed to educating lives that truly matter. 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Faculty News

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson has work juried into two regional exhibitions, Octagonal: The All Media Exhibit at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, and the 41st Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.  She is also exhibiting in the national juried exhibition, 41st Annual Contemporary Crafts at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona.

 

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration

The deadline for Study Away applications for 2020-2021 is February 28th. Program information and applications can be found at studyabroad.augustana.edu   

 

 

Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

An important conversation about purpose and educating our students for vocation is coming soon! 

Please save the date for ThurCo Week 3 of Spring term (February 20) with special guest Tim Clydesdale, Professor of Sociology, scholar of Higher Education, and author of The Purposeful Graduate: Why Must Talk to Students about Vocation. This will be of particular interest to major advisors, first-year advisors, program leaders, and others who can and should be leading students in their vocational discernment and reflection. Here is a blurb from Tim's book: "We all know that higher education has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal—career training—and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are and how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival. In The Purposeful Graduate, Tim Clydesdale elucidates just what a tremendous loss this is, for our youth, our universities, and our future as a society. At the same time, he shows that it doesn’t have to be this way: higher education can retain its higher cultural role, and students with a true sense of purpose—of personal, cultural, and intellectual value that cannot be measured by a wage—can be streaming out of every one of its institutions. The key, he argues, is simple: direct, systematic, and creative programs that engage undergraduates on the question of purpose."

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One way that Augustana educators (faculty, staff and administrators) might support students as they carve a path of meaning and purpose is by attending a regional conference sponsored by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. If you are interested in attending a gathering in 2020 as part of your professional development, please let Jason Mahn know. The Presidential Center for Faith and Learning would be able to pay the $50 conference fee; attendees would use their professional meeting or professional development funds for travel and additional expenses. Here is more information:

Registration remains open for the four NetVUE regional gatherings that are scheduled for the first half of 2020. Registration fees remain a modest $50 for those at NetVUE member institutions and include one or two nights’ lodging. Four upcoming events are scheduled for 2020:     

Center for Faculty Enrichment

On Friday, February 28, from 3-4:00 p.m., Farrah Robers, Director of Students Well-Being and Resiliency, will join us to discuss the ways her work can help faculty to help students in the classroom. Discussion will be held in Galve #2.

 

Weekly Events

Monday, February 17, 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Monday, February 17, 6:30 p.m., High School Honor Band Festival ConcertCentennial Hall

Tuesday, February 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Wednesday, February 19, 11:15-12:15 p.m., Dr. Dawn Farmer "Tea Talks", Evald Great Hall

 

 

Grants

State Historical Society of Iowa

2020/2021 Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2020/2021 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce a manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s schol­arly journal.

 Applications for the 2020/2021 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2020. Download application guidelines from our web site (https://iowaculture.gov/about-us/about/grants/research-grant-authors) or request guidelines or further informa­tion from:

Andrew Klumpp

State Historical Society of Iowa

600 East Locust Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

 

e-mail: andrew.klumpp@iowa.gov