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Faculty Newsletter November 12, 2018

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TOPIC: IDEAs for Handling Course Evaluations

PRESENTERS: Mike Egan and Tim Muir

3:30- 5:00 P.M.


Now that the fall term IDEA student evaluation reports have been received, many faculty members have varying questions about what to do with results.  Veteran faculty that are familiar with IDEA might still wonder how to manage the new reporting format that is provided by the online IDEA system.  Newer faculty might wonder how they might go about organizing their IDEA results for upcoming reviews.  

Join us at this week's Friday Conversation to learn and share insights about these and other questions related to the IDEA reports.  Some talking points include:

  • The Institutional Research Department, in collaboration with the Assessment for Improvement Committee and the Faculty Welfare Committee, has developed an Excel template that faculty can use to record their IDEA scores and present the data in a more standard format during reviews.  While this standard format will not be required for reviews, it might be helpful to faculty that would rather not spend the time developing their own presentation format.  Learn more about this template at the Frico.
  • The relatively new, online version of IDEA formats the reports quite differently than the paper-based versions from a few years ago.  This is particularly true for the part of the report many of us value the most:  student written comments.  Come to Frico to learn about a handy way to quickly compile all your quantitative and qualitative data into a single PDF file for each course.
  • All courses are loaded into the IDEA system by default, but it is clear that IDEA is not the optimal way of evaluating each and every course.  Labs and music lessons probably should not be evaluated with IDEA.  Different instructors have different opinions when it comes to 1-credit courses like HEPE or FYI 100.  Perhaps all 3-credit courses should use IDEA, but might there be a few compelling exceptions?  Join us at Frico to discuss which kinds of courses should and should not be evaluated with IDEA as we move forward. 


Faculty News

Kirsten Day (Classics) recently chaired the "Classical Antiquity V: Gendering the politics of Troy: Fall of a City  (2018)" panel at the Film & History conference in Madison, Wisconsin, where she also presented a paper entitled "Pussy Politics: Navigating Patriarchy in BBC One/Netflix's Troy: Fall of a City."  At this conference, she also participated in roundtable discussions on the formation of a new organization dedicated to promoting and supporting media studies focused on antiquity and will be serving as a de facto member of the newly formed outreach committee. 


Kathy Jakielski (CSD) is a member of a large team of international scientists investigating the genetics bases of childhood speech sound disorders. Their article, "Missense Mutations Disrupting the ATPase Domain of CHD3 Cause a Novel Neurodevelopmental Syndrome with Macrocephaly and Impaired Speech and Language," was just published in Nature Communications. Their article can be accessed at

Kathy also had a fun experience mentoring a student from Philadelphia for her middle school science fair project. Kathy wrote a feature article that was published in the November issue of The ASHA Leader, accessible at


Peter Kivisto’s “Investigative Journalism’s Collective Narrative of Trump in Business” appeared in the Russian journal (in English) Monitoring of Public Opinion, No. 5, pp. 109-123, 2018.

He gave a lecture titled “Radical Right-Wing Populism: Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Liberal” at Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany on November 5, 2018.



Jane Simonsen's chapter "Consuming Time or Making Time? Slow History and General Education" appears in the new book Reversing the Cult of Speed in Higher Education: The Slow Movement in the Arts and Humanities, published by Routledge. The book considers the problems caused by an emphasis on speedy productivity, and considers strategies for slowing down in the classroom and in scholarship. Her chapter appears in the section on pedagogy, and draws on her successes (and failures) in teaching Gen Ed history courses. 


Drill Announcement

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


Campus Cupboard

During week ten we served 46 students, translating to 182 pounds of food dispersed. We are currently looking for donations of rice, pasta, soup, and granola bars 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!

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

The campus community has conversing about gender, sexuality, pride, and love.

What comes after demonstrations?  EDUCATION AND CONVERSATION.

All faculty and staff are invited to watch and discuss

National Geographic's 2017 documentary Gender Revolution: Journey with Katie Couric  

a film about gender identities in America.

Enrichment opportunity for staff and faculty.

Together we can be role models for questioning, listening, learning, speaking, and growing together as a community.


Tuesday, Nov. 13th 3:30-5:00 p.m. Olin Auditorium

or anytime in your own home*


Team Sponsored and Supported by Augustana College's 

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Campus Ministries

Office of Human Resources

Office of the Provost and Dean of the College

Title IX Team

Center for Faculty Enrichment

Five $25 gift card drawings will be given out.

*If you watch at home or off campus, email with the subject line GENDER REVOLUTION after you've watched the documentary (by February 1, 2019) and your name will be included in a drawing for a $25 gift card.

Prizes sponsored by Jaeke Family Life Endowment



CFE and Semester Transition Team pair up for Wilson Center lunch hour Table Topics this winter!  In weeks 3, 6, and 9, CFE and your semester transition coordinators will host discussions in a very informal setting in the Wilson Center, with munchies and coffee provided.  Relax and converse over coffee -- come to hear others' ideas or to offer your own.

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

The Presidential Center for Faith and Learning and Campus Ministries is pleased to offer a four-part book study during winter term. We will be reading select chapters from The Vocation of Lutheran Higher Educationa book that examines what in the world "Lutheran education" means--especially now that it is not only or primarily education for and by Lutherans. Over the past several decades, this question has lead to a new concerted effort to retrieve and redefine what it means to be a Lutheran college and to consider the importance of education for vocation. The book offers various perspectives of those inside and outside the Lutheran tradition.We think that it will open up some good conversation about the vocation of Augustana College as it informs your own vocation within it.

Save the Dates! This year, on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, and  Jan. 22 (select Tuesdays in winter term), all those interested in discussing and debating “the vocation of Lutheran higher education” will work their way through a book by that name and discuss. Free books and refreshments for all participants (Co-sponsored with Campus Ministries)


The Fall 2018, issue of Intersections: Faith, Learning and the and the vocation of Lutheran Higher Education now has been published under the theme of “Civil Discourse in a Fragmented World.” Please contact Jason Mahn if you would like to contribute to upcoming issues dedicated to “Rooted and Open,” Creativity and Spirituality, the intersection of place and vocation, and more. You may follow these live links to the essays in this issue:

Current Issue: Number 48 (2018)

Full Issue


Full Issue, Number 48, Fall 2018



About the Cover


From the Publisher
Mark Wilhelm


From the Editor
Jason Mahn


Vocation and Civil Discourse: Discerning and Defining
Lynn Hunnicutt


Polarization, Incivility, and a Need for "Change"
Guy Nave


Putting the Kind Back in Human
Sarah Ciavarri


It's Time to Rewrite the Rules of Civility
Jon M. Leiseth


Original Song Lyrics: "Just a Little"
Mike Blair


The Musician's Vocation
Jeffrey Bell-Hanson


Weekly Events

Monday, November 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - New Faculty Mentoring Circle, Wilson, Brunner

Tuesday, November 13, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, November 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Friday, November 16, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Friday Conversation: "Week #1, IDEAs for Handling Course Evaluations, Presenters: Mike Egan and Tim Muir, Wilson Center 

Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. - Opera X: Songs of Survival, Michelle Crouch, director, Brunner Theatre

Saturday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.  - Opera X: Songs of Survival, Michelle Crouch, director, Brunner Theatre

Sunday, November 18, 7:30 p.m. - Opera X: Songs of Survival, Michelle Crouch, director, Brunner Theatre

Sunday, November 18, 5:00 p.m. - Augustana Low Brass Choir Concert, Samantha Keehn, director, Centennial Hall