Skip to main content

Faculty Newsletter November 26, 2018

This Week's Message

Considering use of free or low-cost course materials?  Friday Conversation on 11/30/18 will focus on why and how to consider using free and low-cost high-quality materials at Augie to improve educational outcomes. After a brief introduction of research on learning and textbook access, several faculty members will show how they have used materials (both digitally and by making coursepacks).  Most of the session will be discussion, and is geared toward everyone, with or without experience in using Open Educational Resources (OER).  Meeting will take place Wilson Center with refreshments starting at 3:30 and 4:00 for the discussion. This is a Tredway Library-CFE partnership effort.  Contact Connie Ghinazzi for more details.

Faculty News

Rupa Gordon (Psychology) recently presented a poster titled "Physiological synchrony in conversation in real and hypothetical dyads" at the Society for Social Neuroscience conference in San Diego, CA.

Kathy Jakielski (CSD) was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA of an individual’s accomplishments and is public declaration of outstanding professional achievements. Kathy was elected based on outstanding achievements in Clinical Education and Academic Teaching in CSD; Administrative Services in CSD; and Service to and Leadership Positions in State Speech-Language-Hearing Associations and Other Related Local, Regional, National, and International Professional Organizations. She was recognized publicly at the ASHA Convention Award Ceremony on November 16th in Boston, MA. At the convention, Kathy also served as a participant in the presentation, "Academic Leadership: Strategies for the Department Chair."

Peter Kivisto's chapter, "Populism's Efforts to De-legitimize the Vital Center and the Implications for Liberal Democracy," was recently published in Jason Mast and Jeffrey C. Alexander's The Politics of Meaning/Meaning of Politics: Cultural Sociology of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 209-222).


The Augustana Center for Polar Studies Community Lecture:

"Unfreezing the Arctic: Historical Perspectives on Arctic Futures"

Thursday, November 29, 2018

7:00 p.m. John Deere Lecture Hall, John Deere Planetarium

Presented by: Dr. Andrew Stuhl -  Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Bucknell University

Recent observations of air temperature and thawing permafrost and sea ice in the Artic have no precedent. How can the past tell us anything about these present conditions?  Drawing on nearly a decade of field and archival research in Arctic North America, Dr. Andrew Stuhl will share how the region's intertwined histories of science and colonialism hold essential lessons for addressing Arctic climate change.

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Burnham at 309-794-7845.


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 3, 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 3 (Tuesday 11/27/18 noon-1:30 p.m.) - Promoting the Calendar Transition to Students (grilled veggie tray available, coffee, tea and cookies)

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

Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, November 27, 10:45 a.m. Faculty Recital, Wallenberg Hall

Tuesday, November 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Saturday, December 1, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Christmas at Augustana, Centennial Hall