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Teaching and Learning

Happy 2021: All CTL Grants are Available Again

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CTL is happy to announce that our budget now allows us to restore funding for participation/attendance OR presentation at conferences (we had previously been restricting funding to presenting faculty only). Please see the CTL website for application requirements, funding available, and information about other funding available for professional development.

Application forms are temporarily down and will GO LIVE on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13th. As is always the case, proposals will be evaluated and approved by CTL, and funding will be allocated until all funds have been awarded.

If you participated in/attended a conference between June and Dec 2020, paid for it with your personal money, and were NOT reimbursed, you may retroactively submit an application for consideration for reimbursement. However, because these conferences were not pre-approved, we may only be able to cover partial costs or none at all.

Also, up to $150 can be reimbursed for Professional Memberships. There is a separate application form for this posted on the page linked below. *CTL cannot cover any fees for licensures/testing/certification/continuing education credits. The funds for memberships are a part of the $1,500 cap.

This announcement does not apply to union adjunct faculty members. Information regarding Adjunct Professional Development Grants can be found at

** I usually respond very quickly to applications, however, some recent submissions on the new form were missed. I have fixed this issue, but if you ever have to wait more than a day for a response, please email or**

Professional Development Funds for Faculty

General Announcements

Congratulations to Gilman Scholarship winner Abby Huynh

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We are pleased to announce that Abby Huynh has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship! Abby is a Music Business Major and plans to study with CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Seoul, South Korea in Fall 2021.

Since 2008, sixty-five Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $256,000. In addition, over the last 9 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged over 50% – of 30 completed applications in that time, we have had 16 winners! Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program.

The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Casey Jarvala, Catherine Maun and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors. Abby is an exemplary Auggie who will represent Augsburg very well internationally.

Congrats Abby!

more information about the Gilman scholarship:

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to Cover Language Learning Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicants in selecting a program, developing budgets and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:

Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)

Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks

Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:

• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!

• Watch the Info Session for Auggies we hosted with Boren staff in November:

• Let us know your interest by contacting Andrea Dvorak ( or URGO staff (

• Send application essay drafts to – we will work through several drafts with you to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

Final applications are due February 3!

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

Welcome to this New Year 2021… With Its Opportunities and Challenges

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Best Wishes to You this New Semester and New Year on Behalf of the CWC STAFF. The Center for Wellness and Counseling Website provides many resources and information on topics of Wellbeing and on Mental Health. We welcome you to visit the CWC website:

-One resource to consider is TAO:

-For a mental health screening, consider:

The Center for Wellness and Counseling is open to serve you.

Got Problems? Count on TutorMe for Free

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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

The Strommen Center is Open for Business

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center is here to support you! Our team can help you connect majors to careers, assist with career research and planning, internship search and registration, and job search guidance and prep (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, interview practice, networking). Schedule a virtual appointment with a Strommen Team Member in Handshake and check out resources on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Schedule a virtual appointment with a Strommen Team member in Handshake

MLK Jr. Day Faculty and Staff Workshop

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Along with Augsburg’s Annual MLK Convocation, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register for and attend “White Talk Moves in Higher Education” facilitated by Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross and Dr. Margaret Finders on Monday, January 18 at 9:00-10:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Workshop Description: Spaces in higher education remain predominantly white, and white people tend to silence the voices of faculty and staff of color without realizing it. These “white talk moves” suppress important perspectives and voices and prevent meaningful inclusion. In this interactive workshop, participants will focus on identifying White Talk Moves through a collection of scenarios in which the voices of BIPOC in higher education have been silenced. We will focus on how to engage in these situations explicitly and productively at the moment of utterance whether you identify as white or a BIPOC. We are excited to engage our community, and others, in these real, radical, and relational conversations through our article and workshop.

Registration for this workshop is required and the link can be found below. After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will be sent.

Workshop Registration Link

Event Announcements

At a Glance Premieres January 15

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After months of work and collaboration in the fall, Theater Department is proud to announce the release of At a Glance, a project devised by a four-person ensemble with direction from Atlese Robinson, Eshay Brantley, and Malick Ceesay of Ambiance Theatre Company. At a Glance provides varying perspectives on what it feels like to be a young woman of color in today’s world. Edited by Augsburg alumni Nia Ross, this filmed production will be released on Youtube on January 15th. Keep an eye out for the link–you don’t want to miss it!

Featuring writing and performances by:
Alondra Alamilla-Benitez
Nina Aguilera Araya
Simone Abraham
Gabrielle Lewis

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-Religious Conversation

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Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A.

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar

Keeping Track of Auggies

Alum wins the prestigious Pickering Fellowship

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Abdulkadir Sharif has been awarded a 2021 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest (45 students selected). The Pickering Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Director of the Fellowship Program, Lily Lopez-Mcgee Ph.D., stated, “We are truly thrilled and excited that Abdulkadir will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program. He demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during his time at Augsburg. These experiences bode well for his success through graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish in his career.”

Abdulkadir Sharif graduated from Augsburg with a major in international relations and political science. He was a Boren Scholar in Tanzania, a Gilman Scholar in South Africa and Namibia, participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University and was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Malaysia. He has interned with the Namibia Institute for Democracy as a research assistant and at the MN State Capitol for a law firm. Abdulkadir speaks Somali and Swahili.

The Fellowship will support Abdulkadir through a two-year graduate program to receive a master’s in International Affairs. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and skills training. As part of the Pickering Program, Abdulkadir will have an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of State in summer 2022. In the summer of 2023, he will work overseas and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Abdulkadir will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to his country. He will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.


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