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Teaching and Learning

Assessment Day TOMORROW

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Remember, a convocation scheduled is in place tomorrow to make time for Assessment. The Assessment Committee will be holding several workshops in the schedule break from 10:50 am – 12:50 pm.

Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes
Oren Gateway 100
A new, streamlined set of General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) is needed to better understand students’ learning experience in courses in the General Education curriculum. During this session we will review the proposed learning outcomes and examine how they relate to institutional outcomes. We will discuss how the proposed GELOs can accommodate the current curriculum, and yet be flexible to proposed curricular changes. This workshop will offer faculty and staff an opportunity to comment on the proposed outcomes, and help develop preliminary plans for how and where these outcomes can be assessed.

Graduate Level Learning Outcomes
Oren 114
We have two goals for our session on February 25th:
1. We will review the current set of graduate program learning outcomes for each program and discuss:
a. the ways in which graduate level learning outcomes map to the mission
b. the ways in which they are scaffolded at a higher level than our undergraduate learning outcomes.
2. We will identify if there are graduate level learning outcomes that are ‘shared’ by all graduate programs. Can we call them out explicitly as part of our commitment to graduate students at Augsburg?

Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop
Marshall Room
Join the Co-Curricular Assessment Team for its annual Assessment Day Workshop. This year, participants will discuss the work the committee has been up to over the last year, learn about assessment results from the most up-to-date year, and engage in a professional development workshop around using data to make informed decisions around program design and implementation.

“Wellness in Color” Podcast Discussion Group

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“Wellness in Color” ( is a podcast series of the National Alliance of Mental Illness that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness. In the podcast young adults of color share their challenges and successes in mental health recovery and wellness. NAMI’s goal is “to reach collective cultural communities through positive reflections on wellness through discussions on why community members do not seek help for themselves or their loved one living with a mental illness.”

There will be a two part discussion. You can attend either of the two sessions for each part, but should attend both parts.

In the first part we will discuss three podcast episodes:
-Blurring Tradition by Houa Moua (45min)
-Never Stop Watering your Roots by Lauryn David (34min)
-The Pressures of Perfection by Aneela Kumar (44min)

Also, we invite you to choose and listen to a fourth episode and do a “show and tell” during our discussion.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 3 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Riverside Room (Christensen Center) Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or Friday, March 6 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

Part 2: Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion Group

Teaching and Learning Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

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You now have until one week from today to submit nominations for the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Information about the awards, as well as the nomination form, can be found in the link below.

Call for Nominations – Extended to Monday, March 2 at Noon.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

2020 Writing Retreat for FT Faculty

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Sunday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 19 | Jessica Nathanson Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

RSVP for the 2020 Writing Retreat

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum Through the MINNE Fellowship

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program. Five Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.
The 2020 trip will take place on April 23rd. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.
• U.S. Citizen
• Full-time student
• Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2021
• 3.0 GPA or higher

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 2

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 14. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 2nd (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact Lara Crombie,

URGO Website

Time 1 courses University Course Survey final week

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The University Course survey for time 1 courses is in its final week. It is recommended that you allocate 5-10 minutes of class time for students to fill it out (this will increase your response rate). A suggested protocol is
– let students know ahead of time so they can bring their mobile devices
– leave the room during the time
– affirm that the surveys are voluntary and anonymous
– affirm that the surveys provide valuable information to you and your department chair

You can see your live response rate at at any time. You will be able to review the responses there too, after the grade submittal deadline of 3/6/20.

General Announcements

Apply for the 2020-2021 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

More details:
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

APPLYING: Details about the process are avaialble
The application deadline is March 9, 2020.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Hiring U.S. Census Takers – Table TODAY

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The 2020 Census is hiring! They have part time, flexible work available in the spring and summer of 2020. In Hennepin County the pay rate is $27.50/Hour, in the surrounding counties it is $22/Hour. Stop by their table in the lobby of the Christensen Center on Monday, February 24th to talk to a Census Recruiter!

Local produce in The Commons

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Yes, there’s still snow covering the farm fields, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat good Minnesota grown produce in February! Beginning this week, The Commons will feature local produce (as available) from The Good Acre, a Falcon Heights based organization that “connects and strengthens farmers, food makers, and communities through good food.” The Good Acre has worked since 2013 to build infrastructure and support for local farmers to access challenging high-volume food markets like hospitals and universities. Augsburg has supported their work as part of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, and we are excited to deepen our relationship through purchasing power. As we live into our anchor institution and sustainability commitments that center the long-term well-being of our campus and surrounding communities, we will continue to seek opportunities to support healthy local economies, social systems, and ecosystems that we all depend on. Many thanks to Augsburg Dining Services and The Good Acre for making this partnership possible!

Stop by The Commons TODAY to see what our talented chefs can do with 100lbs of local cabbage!

The Good Acre

Event Announcements

National Endowment for the Humanities — upcoming local workshops for grant funding

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There are a few upcoming, local, workshops about grant funding from National Endowment for the Humanities. Augsburg faculty are welcome to register and attend the workshops at nearby campuses:

St. Olaf is hosting NEH’s Dr. Russell Wyland in Northfield on Tuesday, March 10
2:15 – 3:30pm Overview of NEH Programs
3:45 – 5pm Tips on Writing an Application/Mock Review Panel. 
Location: Black Ballroom, Buntrock Commons
Faculty are welcome to attend the program in Northfield. One-on-one meetings with Dr. Wyland have already filled, but faculty members may request to be added to a waiting list. Please RSVP to Melissa Hager via email at <> by Friday, February 28. 
St. Thomas will host a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Application Writing Workshop on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Led by Dr. Russel Wyland
12:30 – 1pm check in
1pm – 2:15pm The 1st session will include an overview of NEH programs and initiatives,
as well as tips and strategies for preparing quality applications.
2:30 – 4pm  The 2nd session will focus on strategies for writing competitive
Location: 100 McNealy Hall, Building #31
Register by 3/6 at this link

On March 27, 12:30-3:15 pm, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of MN will be hosting a workshop led by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Program Officer Mary Macklem. While the primary focus will be the Fellowship, she will also provide an overview of funding opportunities throughout NEH.  The event will take place on the east bank of the Minneapolis campus, in Walter Library 101. Slots for individual appointments are all taken.
Register at  this link:

February 26 Workshop on Funding Searches and Small Grants

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Workshop on Funding Searches & Small Grants – Wed., Feb. 26 (3:30 – 5pm), Lindell 301
The Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs is hosting an event series to support ongoing grant proposal development among faculty and staff. The next session is Wednesday, February 26 (3:30 – 5pm) in Lindell 301.

The topic is Funding Searches & Small Grants. Mary Hollerich of Lindell Library will discuss how to conduct funding searches for grants, and how the Library can help during the lifecycle of your grant. OGSP will give numerous examples of small grants across the disciplines. Twenty minutes will be reserved at the end for writing, consultations, and planning.

Everyone is welcome to attend! If you have a specific interest in grant funding, please let us know in advance. You are welcome to attend even if you have not pinpointed your interest area. Please RSVP to and contact Lauren Causey with questions.


(Event was rescheduled from Feb. 12)

Auggie Doggie Mondays at CWC

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Need a little stress relief? Want to get a good start to your week? Stop by the Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) office every Monday from 10:30 – 11:30 am to mingle and sit with our four legged furry friends from Paws for Learning. All are welcome so stop by the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Questions call the CWC office 612-330-1707.

Spring Blood Drive Donors Needed, March 4

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The Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) welcomes Memorial Blood Centers for its annual Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday 3/4/2020 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Commons (upstairs Christensen Center). Blood donors are needed so please consider scheduling a blood donation. You can schedule an online appointment at and enter sponsor code 0027. Or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment time. Please help save lives and donate blood on Wednesday, March 4th! Many times are still available.

Save the Date – The Cost of DUI

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The EPIC peer health educators will be hosting an interactive educational program on Thursday 3/5/2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the East Commons on the real costs of Driving Under the Influence. We will welcome a MN State Trooper who will walk through a DUI stop as well as two current Augsburg students sharing their stories and experiences with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Refreshments and a drawing for gift cards for attendees! Questions call Dianne at the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Hope to see you on the 5th and bring a friend.

Prep Sessions: MN Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

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Are you going to the Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm (come and stay for as long as you like) at the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Who Should Attend:
Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Dec. 2019 graduates) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.

Job Fair Prep Session – We want YOU to be prepared, so we require students to participate.

Online Prep Session – Strommen Career & Internship Moodle Site (link can be found on the Handshake fair registration page)
In-Person Prep Session – Register in Handshake under events

Registration Process:
Students must register through Handshake (link below) to attend
(no walk-ins day of fair)

If you have any questions email or call 612-330-1148.


Join us for a Free and Flavorful Friendraiser. Learn More About the MNUDL, a Program of Augsburg

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to 1,200 middle school and high school students in the Twin Cities. We love being part of the Augsburg community, and we want to connect more Auggies to our cause! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us at our free & flavorful friendraiser at Surly Brewing Company this spring.

MNUDL Friendraiser
@ Surly Brewing Company
March 12, 2020
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Bring a friend and don’t worry about bringing a donation. This will just be a fun, casual event to hang out, meet some interesting people, and learn more about ways to connect with our organization!

We hope to see you there!

Please email us at if you have any questions.

You don’t need a ticket to attend, but please RSVP below (for planning purposes):

RSVP for the MNUDL Friendraiser

TODAY Commuter Check-in: Commuter Classroom Experience

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Are you a commuter? Do you want to get connected on campus, meet other commuters, and discuss topics important to your experience here at Augsburg? Come to the Commuter Student Check-in on Monday, February 24. Our discussion topic this month will involve how being a commuter impacts your classroom experience. Snacks will be provided. Come when you can, leave when you must.

Monday, February 24
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Oren Gateway Center 100

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MN Urban Debate Supply Drive: Seeking pens, highlighters, and expanding file folders

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The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming for Twin Cities high schools and middle schools. Our middle school debate season is underway. The Spanish Debate League, East African Debate Initiative, and Financial Literacy debates seasons are upcoming, and we need supplies!

Please reach out to if you have highlighters, pens, or expanding file folders (with 8+ pockets) to donate. We will accept gently used donations.