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Faculty Newsletter September 17, 2018

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Wilson Center


Five years ago we started the Faculty Mentor program to further the integration of learning opportunities across campus and in this case academics and athletics – as over a third of our students are student athletes.  Specifically, the program is designed to support student-athletes by providing additional structured support and guidance through the partnering of faculty and staff mentors with individual teams.  Within the framework of the program, faculty/staff mentors and coaches work as partners in assisting their students in all dimensions of the students’ curricular and co-curricular endeavors.  Faculty and staff mentors from all areas of the college have been paired with varsity teams on campus and in many cases multiple mentors are assigned to one team.  Please join us at the Friday Conversation to learn more about mentoring student-athletes and how you can get involved in the program.


Faculty News


Lendol Calder wrote a chapter for SOTL in Action, ed. by Nancy Chick (Stylus) releasing this fall.  “This book is quite simply essential reading for anyone engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. It brings together a virtual Who’s Who of SoTL across the disciplines and across methodologies, and the essays assembled here touch on every important issue in the field. Whether you are new to SoTL or are an experienced practitioner, this book is for you.” -- Mills Kelly, President International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  Lendol's chapter describes a research protocol called "think alouds" teachers can use to diagnose misunderstandings, pinpoint why students aren't "getting it," and document learning over time.

Peter Kivisto’s “The Changing Landscape of Christianity in the United States” appeared in Peter Vethanayagamony and F. Volker Greifenhagen, eds., Global Lutheranism: Vitality and Challenges (Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2018).


Marsha Smith was presented two papers as an invited scholar at South Central China University of Nationalities on June 

The first, titled "Dealing with Transition:  How Laotia  Iu Mien Immigrants maintain Continuity of Culture in Northern California" was presented on June 19, 2018 in Wuhan, China to the Sociology, Anthropology and Contemporary Communications departments. 

The second, titled " A Neglected Story: The Study of Yao Ethnic Immigrants in Northern California" was presented on June 20th, 2018 in Wuhan China to the Chinese Language and literature and Folklore departments.

On June 1, the  first issue of the ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, a peer-reviewed on-line journal, co-edited by Marsha Smith and Hong  Zhang went life. Interested faculty and others can read it here:


Augustana College was well represented at Coe College's White Privilege Symposium on September 7-8 in Cedar Rapids, and many of the Divisions were, too.  Attendees included Jose Boquin (Chemistry), Paul Croll (SASW/Sociology), Meg Gillette (English), Jennifer Heacock-Renaud (WLLC/Spanish), Carrie Hough (SASW/Anthropology & Public Health), Kiki Kosnick (WLLC/French), Brian Lovato (Political Science), Jason Mahn (Religion), Oleski Miranda-Navarro (WLLC/Spanish), Tony Pomales (Sociology), Monica Smith (VP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), Sharon Varallo (Comm Studies), and Michelle Wolff (Religion)


Reading/Writing Center Class Visits

Reading/Writing Center tutors are available to visit your classes for 5-7 minutes to introduce the RWC and its services.

If you're interested in a class visit, please email 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 in which you'll be meeting

We look forward to working with you.


The Campus Cupboard is open Thursday from 10:30 to 12:20 and 6 to 8 PM.If you are looking to donate unopened, non-perishable food items to help support the Campus Cupboard. Donations drop-off bins can be found on the first floor of Old Main, Founders, Denkmann, Evald and Olin. Thank you so much for continued support!

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

"Students are contacting CORE in large numbers about finding jobs on campus. We direct them to Handshake as the place to go to find job listings for on-campus work, but now that it is a few weeks into fall term, positions are being filled in offices and the pool of jobs on Handshake is getting smaller. If you still have student employment positions available in your office or department, we would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to post them to Handshake so that the students who are still looking for work on campus can find your positions.

We also are excited about the Flexible Employment Program (FEP) that was recently launched. If you need to find temporary workers for projects in your office, and are not yet set up to post jobs to FEP, please contact us and we will be happy to help you!

If you have any questions about posting to Handshake or being able to hire students through FEP, reach out to Andy Shearouse at or 309-794-7470."

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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.


Weekly Events

Monday, September 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - New Faculty Mentoring Circle, Wilson, Brunner

Tuesday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, September 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Friday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. Friday Conversation: "Week #5 Faculty Athletic Mentor                  Program", Wilson Center

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 p.m. Fall Choral Concert, Centennial Hall