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Faculty and Staff: How do we Respond to Student Survey Findings?

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

What are students saying about their experiences at Augsburg this semester? The recent NSSE Pulse and TEL surveys captured the opinions of hundreds of students on issues such as their sense of belonging, institutional support, social and academic interactions, and course delivery format.

Faculty Senate and the Provost invite you to join the chair of the Technology Enhanced Learning Committee and Director of Online and Blended Learning Jenny Hanson, and Director of Assessment Ben Denkinger for a review of the findings, followed by a solutions-focused discussion on our institutional response. Faculty Senate has engaged with this information and believes that sharing these findings with faculty and staff now can help us all better prepare for next semester.

Two live Zoom sessions are available, and you can register in advance to receive early access to the summary data and an overview of the key findings. Data summaries and a recording of the events will be made available after the events. All staff and faculty are invited to attend.

RSVP now for either of the sessions below:
Wednesday, 12/9, 3-4 pm or
Tuesday, 12/15, 3-4 pm

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at events@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

RSVP for the Institutional Data Workshop

Faculty – Please Set aside 5 Minutes for the Course Survey

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

This is a quick reminder on setting aside space and time for students to complete these important institutional feedback instruments. We suggest

– let students know ahead of time so they can bring their mobile devices (if meeting face-to-face)
– leave the room during the time if meeting face-to-face (or step away from your Zoom camera but leave it on so it’s clear you’re not monitoring – grab a coffee or let that tea steep)
– affirm that the surveys are voluntary and anonymous
– affirm that the surveys provide valuable information to you and your department chair

University Course Survey site

Faculty Course Evaluation Support

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

As the semester comes to a close, don’t miss a critical opportunity to hear what students think about your course! The University Course Survey (UCS) is now open (https://p19.courseval.net/etw/ets/et.asp?nxappid=AU2&nxmid=start), and setting aside time during class is an effective way to maximize the number of responses to this institution-wide survey. Create a link on your Moodle site, or share it live during class and give students 5 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

But what about those burning questions that aren’t on the UCS?! With so many changes to course delivery, the typical UCS might not be telling you all that you want to know. That’s why we’re offering resources to help you design your own customizable course-specific survey. These allow you to set your own survey goals and obtain crucial and confidential feedback on student experiences in your classes.

Click below for a link to the End of Semester Supplemental Course Survey Template and a brief instructional video on how to set these up in your own classes. (You must use your Augsburg login to view.)

End of Semester Supplemental Course Survey Template and Instructional Video

Anthropology of Genocide

submitted by kuttyv@augsburg.edu

Why Study Genocide?
People have a very difficult time wrapping their head around why anybody would want to study genocide. But there are actually several very good reasons to do so and they affect the global community. Although one can certainly make the case that there is a moral reason to study genocide, there are practical reasons as well.
A glaring reason to study genocide is that it is sadly not a crime of the past. Modern genocide began in Southwest Africa and has continued through the Holocaust up until today. Recent genocides include the Rohingya in Myanmar and the Yazidi in Iraq. How many people are even aware that this is still happening? We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to those that still suffer from this most heinous of crimes.
That brings us to the other practical reason to study genocide. Only by studying genocide can we hope to prevent its occurrence in the future. By studying genocide, we will be to see factors that are common among genocides. These so-called risk factors are things that make genocide more likely to occur. If such factors can be identified, an early warning system can be developed.
The study of genocide is critical, not just so that we don’t forget what happened in the past. It certainly is not something that is for the faint of heart. As a social scientist, I truly believe that those of us who study genocide feel called to do so in some way. We must also be able to not only recognize when genocide is occurring, but eventually be able to predict its occurrence. Only in this way can we hope to be rid of the scourge of evil that is genocide.

Vinodh Kutty
Adjunct Professor

Augsburg University Website

“Take 2” minutes for Tech Teaching Tips from your Faculty Colleagues

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

“Take 2” is a series of 2-minute videos by Augsburg Faculty sharing creative ways they have adjusted their classroom strategies to the remote learning environment. Yes, everyone is really pressed for time right now–that’s why we’ve kept it brief. So during your lunch break this week, tune in and “take 2” for a quick teaching tip.

“Take 2”: Faculty Tech Tips in 2 Minutes

General Announcements

Got Problems? Count on TutorMe for Free

submitted by trancc@augsburg.edu

Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can find TutorMe on Moodle by clicking any of your classes! At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Strommen Senior Career Toolkit

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work would like to acknowledge that the job search process has its unique stressors and want you to know we are here to support you. Whether you are graduating this December or in the spring, we are committed to helping you every step of the way. It is for these reasons we are proud to present our Senior Career Toolkit! Over the next two weeks, Augsburg seniors can expect a series of emails from us with tips and tricks to a successful job search! Topics include: How to Write an Effective Resume and Cover Letter, Setting up your LinkedIn for Success, Job Search Tips, Interview Preparation, Tips for Negotiating a Salary Offer, & Career Services to Utilize Post-Augsburg.

Resources for Seniors are also available on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Apply to be an Editor for the School Newspaper (paid positions)

submitted by shamblet@augsburg.edu

The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for students interested in our positions of Managing Editor and Features Editor.

Managing Editor is one of our highest paid positions and is responsible for budget tracking, payment of staff and assisting in leadership responsibilities for the paper. Features Editor is responsible for curating and editing articles that provide in-depth news stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community. Both positions are great opportunities for students who are looking to develop their writing, editing and leadership skills or are passionate about community and the power of narrative.

*Pro tip: you do not need to be an expert in writing or editing to do well as an Echo editor. The Echo provides ample training and a welcoming team of support. If you’re interested, go for it!*

Please reach us at echo@augsburg.edu to learn more about what these positions entail. To apply, send over a cover letter and resume!

Check out The Echo’s most recent issue here

2021 Holiday Schedule

submitted by cswanson@augsburg.edu

Benefits-eligible staff should observe the paid holiday schedule unless it is determined by their manager that the department needs to remain open to meet the needs of the campus. Being a student-centered institution, it is expected that certain offices and services will need to remain open on some or all of these days. If you have questions about whether you are scheduled to work, please see your supervisor.

Thank you!
Your Human Resources and Payroll Team

2021 Holiday Schedule

Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training – A Big Thank You

submitted by reeck@augsburg.edu

A big thank you to the approximately 250 Augsburg faculty and staff members who completed the Anti-Racism Training equity initiative this past Monday and Tuesday. Any opportunity we as an institution take to engage together on topics such as this, not only allows us to grow and/or re-affirm our knowledge and skills, but to also live more-fully and with more integrity into our mission.

“What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.” -bell hooks

Event Announcements

Auggie Connect TODAY – Feeling stressed?

submitted by ccharles@augsburg.edu

Feeling stressed? Join us today for a discussion with Josh Kent of the Augsburg Center for Wellness and Counseling. This will be the last meeting of the semester. Look for information in January about Auggie Connect meetings in Spring Semester.
Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join student Zsolt Vincze and CLASS staff Cassie Charles as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect is available Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm. If you need a disability accommodation to participate email ccharles@augsburg.edu

We hope to see you today!
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/98188529961?pwd=SVA5ZGdjdkhOOUw4NSs5YTFmSXhqZz09

Meeting ID: 981 8852 9961
Passcode: 062277

Alumni Career Panel

submitted by benitezk@augsburg.edu

Join ABO this Wednesday for our Alumni Career Panel event. We will have Augsburg graduates from different industries such as US Bank, The Mentor Network, etc. We hope to see you there! Feel free to RSVP on Auggie Life

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9th
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Zoom Link: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/99364218760#success

Augsburg Business Organization – Auggie Life

“Student Voice Matters” event is TODAY- hosted by The Echo, KAUG and Murphy Square

submitted by shamblet@augsburg.edu

STUDENTS: Want to know where you can submit your writing and art? Want to learn how you can use your voice at Augsburg in the middle of a pandemic?

Join us on Dec. 7 from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. to learn more about The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, KAUG Radio and Murphy Square, Augsburg’s Literary Journal. Each of these organizations are committed to empowering student voice at Augsburg and will provide tangible ways to get involved with their work.

This event will be in-person and live streamed on our Instagram and Facebooks. There will be music and prepackaged food, including sandwiches and doughnuts! Please RSVP at the link below.

COVID Safety: Maximum capacity for this event is 20 people, social distancing and masks are required.

RSVP here

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