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Faculty Newsletter October 15, 2018

This Week's Message

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SPEAKER: TIM MUIR, chair of the Assessment for Improvement Committee

Each year the Assessment for Improvement Committee (AIC) spearheads a campus-wide conversation on one of the nine Augustana Student Learning Outcomes. This year the focus is on ethical citizenship. The goal of this year-long focus is to learn more about the ways that our students develop ethical citizenship, identify experiences or circumstances that are particularly supportive of (or particularly detrimental to) that development, and commit as an institution to specific steps to improve how we do what we do.

To kick off this year’s conversation, we will be hosting this week’s Friday Conversation where we will present a first layer of results from a longitudinal assessment of the ethical citizenship of last year’s graduates. As incoming students, and again as seniors, that cohort took the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, a short survey that measures a person’s dispositional empathy along four cognitive and emotional scales. Our short presentation will be followed by an open discussion of the overall findings about how our students grew during their four years at Augustana. In addition, we would like you to tell us how else you might like to parse the data to better understand what experiences impact the development of ethical citizenship. What are those things that our students do in the classroom, in the residence hall, on the athletic field, or on the stage that helps them develop ethical convictions and act upon them?  Based on your suggestions, we will present a second layer of results during a winter term Friday Conversation.

So come down to the Wilson Center on Friday, have a drink and a bite to eat, and help us wade into this new data set as we begin to improve the way our students develop ethical citizenship.


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Cathy Goebel's (Art History) essay, "Framing Art History in the Liberal Arts: The Academy and Museum in Interdisciplinary Dialogue," is published in the book, Academics, Artists, and Museums: 21st-century Partnerships (Routledge, 2018).  Co-contributors represent a range of institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Co-editors model Origins of Modernity/Liberal Arts through the AGES as "...a perfect example of a project that linked an on-campus museum exhibition with an interdisciplinary college-wide theme. This long-term project created an intimate dialogue across the curriculum and with the college collection and involved not only students from various majors, but also faculty from various disciplines." Cathy examines its unprecedented genesis and history as well as the significant collaborative benefit of its inherent faculty and student (classes of 1987-2020) research and publication, including a web gallery:

Matt Fockler (Geography) was asked to contribute Creating "An In-Between Thing": The United States Forest Service and Ivan Doig's Two Medicine Country" to the recently published special issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History in honor of author Ivan Doig's life and work. Matt's article focuses on the role that Lewis and Clark National Forest plays in Doig's work, and  highlights Doig's engagement with landscape and history to create a powerful sense of place.  In addition, Matt recently received a grant from the  Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Environmental Studies for his current research using repeat photography to examine changes on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Matt will be presenting this research at a free public lecture on Oct. 17 at Black Hawk State Historic Site 

Brian Lovato (Political Science) has had a coauthored (with Jon Gould - American University) article entitled "Making Academic Life 'Workable' for Fathers" published in PS:Political Science & Politics. This article is part of a symposium that was the result of the National Science Foundation–sponsored workshop, “Advancement through Narrative:Understanding and Navigating Success and Failure in the Academy” (NSF Grant #1643084).



Faculty friends: The Center for Creativity (C4C,) a newly announced project (yet one that has been in the planning stages for 4 years) is moving to Phase 2 of our 3 Phase plan.  In our effort to increase the capacity for creative thinking in every Augustana student we need your help.  Below you'll find the vision of the C4C.  We hope you'll join the effort.  When you're a supporter, open to considering it, or a doubter, we ask that you give us a chance by first coming to the CATalyst LAB's Open House on Tuesday from 10-1 (Bergendoff 103.) 

You may find out need 

the CATalyst LAB

the new Center for Creativity's 

making, doing, and ideation space.

Come check it out at the CatLab's OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10-1 (Bergendoff 103.) 

Join us for the Official Opening Toast with real (fake) Champagne at 11:45!  There will be FOOD!



Augustana College: Day at the Museum

Join us at the Figge Art Museum for a fun evening celebrating the Figge's first Major Exhibition, French , 18Moderns: Monet  to Matisse, 1850-1950. This exhibition is a celebration of 100 years of French art and features 60 works of art including paintings and sculptures!

Saturday, October 20th 10:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Dr. Randall Hall from Augustana's Music Department will lead a program on French Modern Music.


FIGGIE Art Museum

225 W.Second Street

Davenport, Iowa 52801


Augustana Theatre

Augustana College's presentation of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's classic drama about the Salem Witch Trials, will take the story out of the 1600s and into the future. Performances will be presented in the Brunner Theatre Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, and at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21. Tickets are $15, or $12 for senior citizens and Augustana faculty/staff, $10 for students and children age 12 and under, and free for Augustana students with ID.

Campus Cupboard

During week eight we served 45 students, translating to 259.5 pounds of food dispersed. We are currently looking for donations of pasta, soup, and granola bars for next Thursday. Donation drop-off bins can be found on the first floor of Old Main, Founders, Denkmann, Evald, and Olin, 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)

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

Do you hire student employees? Does your department sometimes need extra student workers to help with a special project or event? If so, join CORE in Olin 109 on October 10 or 11 at 10:00 A.M. for a Student Employment workshop. We will cover how to post a job on Handshake and how to review the job applicants, and will talk about the Flexible Employment Program and show you how to request temporary student workers for your special events or projects.

If you cannot make it to the workshops but have questions, feel free to reach out to our Student Employment Coordinator, Andy Shearouse, at or 309-794-7470.


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 advisory board of the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning met this past week to discuss past programming and future plans, now that the Center is beginning its second year of programming. Thank you to following advisory board members for their creative and insightful work and support: Michelle Crouch (Music)Dave Crowe (English)Tom Hanson (alumni), Megan Havard (WLLC)Richard Priggie (Campus Ministries)Sue Rector (Advancement)Monica Smith (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)Kai Swanson (President’s Office)Sharon Varallo (Communication Studies), and Mark Wilhelm (the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities).

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, October 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - New Faculty Mentoring Circle, Wilson, Brunner

Tuesday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, October 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Tuesday. October 16, 7:30pm, General Student Recital, Wallenberg

Friday, October 19, 4:00 p.m. Friday Conversation: "Week #9,  Assessment for ImprovementSpeaker: Tim Muir, Wilson Center 

Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert, Joseph Ott, director, Centennial Hall

Saturday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. Webster Vocal Competition, Wallenberg