Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Indoor Mask Mandate in Effect at Augsburg

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All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face coverings in indoor campus spaces, except when eating in dining areas or when in one’s own residential unit or individual office with the door closed. This applies to all U.S. Augsburg locations. (International Augsburg locations are following local protocols.) Masks or face coverings are not required outdoors.

Over the weekend of July 31-August 1, the regional case rates in both Hennepin and Ramsey counties moved to a “substantial” transmission rate (between 50 and 99.99 cases per 100,000 population over 7 days, as defined by the CDC). As a result, Augsburg reinstated the indoor face covering requirement, effective Tuesday, August 3.

Indoor Mask Requirement Reinstated – Email from COO

Move-In Parking Restrictions

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Friday August 20 – 8th St S Restricted
To help provide space for students moving into Anderson and Luther we ask that people do not park on 8th St. For those moving in, we ask that you use 8th St to unload your vehicles then move them into a parking lot to continue to provide space for others who need to unload their vehicles.

Thursday August 26th and Friday August 27th – Lot D Reserved
For both Thursday August 26 and Friday August 27th Lot D will be reserved for First Year students and their families. All vehicles will need to be cleared out of Lot D by 6 a.m. on August 26th and August 27th – any vehicles remaining in Lot D after 6 a.m. each day may be relocated to Lot L at the owner’s expense.

Friday August 27th and Monday August 30th – Lot E Closed
Visitor and accessibility spaces in Lot E will be closed August 27 and August 30 for class pictures that are being taken on the steps of Old Main. Any visitors, vendors or contractors should be directed to park in Lot A on these days.

We will not be enforcing permits in our surface lots until September, with the exception of reserved parking spaces, so all other surface lots will be open to students, staff and faculty during the move-in days. Please email with any questions about parking during move-in.

Building Access Update

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As we approach the start of the fall semester, there will be some changes to building access to help facilitate a transition back to campus and in-person instruction. The changes to building access began on 8/25 – please read below to see how building access will be changing.

The following buildings will be open to the public from 7 am – 7 pm and will be accessible by fob from 7 pm – 10 pm:
– Lindell Library (hours will vary based on when the Library is open)
– Sverdrup
– Memorial
– Science
– Old Main
– Christensen Center
– Oren Gateway Center
– Anderson Lower Level

The following buildings will remain on fob access only from 7 am – 10 pm (with the exception of scheduled events):
– Hagfors Center
– Foss Center
– Anderson Music Hall
– Kennedy Center/Si-Melby
– Ice Arena

Please email with any questions.

Teaching and Learning

CTL Back-to-School Workshops Are Here

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To kick off the new academic year IN PERSON, CTL is hosting the Back-to-School Workshops on Wednesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 26th (see program and RSVP form below). The goal of these Back-to-School workshops is to primarily focus on “just-in-time” topics that can be immediately put to use in your upcoming Fall courses. Workshops and sessions will be held in Hagfors (rooms TBD). Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions and workshops are open to and welcome all Augsburg faculty and staff.

Please be sure to RSVP for sessions you are interested in as soon as possible – you can change your selections later! Strict room capacities will be enforced and some sessions may fill. The RSVP link is included at the top of the CTL Back-to-School Workshops Program.

If you have any questions or need accommodations for this event, please contact CTL Director Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright at

CTL Back-to-School Workshops (schedule and description of sessions)

CTL Back-to-School Workshops (schedule and description of sessions)

Become a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Fellow– Apply by September 5

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The Center for Teaching and Learning at Augsburg is seeking TWO faculty members to join the CTL Fellows program for a 2-year term (Sep 2021-Aug 2023). The group of six CTL fellows work closely with the Director of CTL, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, to plan, coordinate, and sometimes even host the teaching and learning programming offered to Augsburg faculty throughout the year. Each fellow receives a stipend of $500 per year as well as an additional $1000 in travel funds per year to attend additional teaching and learning focused conferences and bring ideas and information back to CTL.

The minimum qualifications for these two fellowship openings are that you must:
– be a full-time faculty member at Augsburg (tenure-track or non-tenure track),
– have at least an introductory knowledge of effective pedagogies at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and
– have completed the Augsburg University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (or are on track to complete it during the Fall 2021 semester)

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please complete this short form by Sunday, September 5.

If you have any questions about the position or a question about your qualifications, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright at or

Podcast Ep. 71: Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Luiza Dreasher (Mastering Cultural Differences) answer questions from listeners that attended our May 27, 2021 webinar Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce.

Forum Podcast Ep. 72: How Different Philosophies of Race Can Help Us Heal

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Sheena Mason (Theory of Racelessness) deep dives into the concept of race and how by knowing more about race philosophy, we can begin to intentionally uproot racism in our everyday lives.

The Impact of COVID on Faculty

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Please join Ellie Olson, Director of Augsburg’s Center for Wellness and Counseling, for her session “Preparing to Be Back in the Classroom: the Impact of COVID on Faculty” this Tuesday, August 31st from 3-4pm on campus in the Marshall Room (Christensen Center). Despite our desire to return to campus with a sense of comfort and predictability, the semester ahead seems likely to be one of continuing challenge and transition. But we HAVE learned some things from the past eighteen months that we can use to our advantage as we approach the coming year. This session will create space for faculty to name and reflect on the emotional and cognitive impact COVID has had on them, with guidance on how to manage and respond to that impact as you enter the classroom again. The target audience for this session is teaching faculty and staff, but the session is open to all.

This session is part of the Faculty Development Committee’s “Promoting Faculty Balance” Series

Register Today for Youth Studies Course

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Are you interested in working with youth? If you see yourself working someday as a youth worker, coach, teacher, counselor, etc. then you should consider registering today for YST320 WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH. The course meets this Fall semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. This course will provide students with practical perspectives and experiences in work with children and youth. We will cover both theoretical frameworks for emancipatory work with youth and focused examinations of different types of youth work. Throughout the course, we will consider how our own positionality and experiences affect our engagements in work with youth and children. And consider adding the Youth Studies Minor to your course of studies.

Youth Studies Minor

General Announcements

Don’t Miss the New Issue of Augsburg Now Magazine

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Check out these stories and more in the Spring–Summer 2021 issue of Augsburg Now:

– Can a smartphone app de-escalate traffic stop encounters between drivers and police?
– The Auggie student-athletes who refuse to ‘keep politics off the field’
– The Scandinavian work ethic that inspired the Augsburg Associates’ decades of service
– Photo essay: Augsburg then and now
– Q&A: Meme stocks, Robinhood, and what to know about the stock market today
– News from around campus and beyond

Visit to see these new stories and more.

Faculty and Staff: Remember to Complete Your Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program Workshops

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Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program workshops are offered before the start of school and throughout the academic year. To find and register for workshops, visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Events Calendar at

A full listing of all workshops can also be found at the link below.

Note: Always check the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Events Calendar the day of your scheduled workshop for last minute day, time, and/or location changes.

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program 2021-2022 Schedule

Join Model UN in Chicago This Fall

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Apply now to take the fall semester Model United Nations course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the American Model United Nations from November 20-23, 2021, held in Chicago, IL.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in November. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The fall 2021 Augsburg delegation will be representing the countries of Guatemala, Namibia and Sweden. In addition, a focus of the class will also be the study of indigenous peoples and their connection to the United Nations, with emphasis on Canadian First Nations.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

We will accept applications until September 1, 2021 or until the program fills.

Prerequisite: students must complete the POL 160 course before Fall 2021, or have relevant equivalent academic experience.

For more information, contact Professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to Chicago.

Apply by Priority deadline of September 1!

Two Student Worker Positions Open in CGEE – Marketing, Outreach, Communications

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The Center for Global Education and Experience (study abroad & away office) is hiring students for fall! We have TWO positions available, both with a focus on marketing and outreach, among other duties.

Students interested in using and growing their communication, marketing, graphic design, and/or social media skills are highly encouraged to apply! No study abroad/away experience is required.

Look for the CGEE student jobs on Handshake, and feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to your application!

Find full details and apply online via Handshake

Spring Semester Study Abroad Scholarship Application: Due Sept 15

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The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship for study abroad, for spring semester, is due September 15.

Eligibility and application instructions can be found on the scholarship website. All students planning to study abroad for the spring semester should check it out!

Get full details and apply online

Student Job: Operation Specialist Assistant – Apply Now

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is looking for detail-oriented and adaptable student worker to provide administrative support for the Office of Admissions by supporting the daily functions of the Operations team. Please review the full job description and apply online by following these steps:

1. Log into Inside Augsburg and select “On-Campus Student Jobs’
2. Log in to or set-up your Handshake account
3. Search Jobs
4. Filter for “On-Campus” Jobs
5. Apply for the: Operation Specialist Assistant position
Or visit:

6. Submit the Operation Specialist Assistant Form ( help us get to know you better

Click here to apply!

Join the MN Urban Debate League’s “Back to Debate” Supply Drive

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities area.

We’re planning to shift back to in-person programming with COVID-19 precautions in place- which means we need new supplies!

Help us meet the moment by donating new or gently used supplies, including:

– Expanding file folders
– 1-inch+ binders
– Highlighters
– Sticky notes
– Legal pads
– Black, blue, and red pens

Check out our Amazon wishlist & help us equip our high school national topic debaters by the first tournament on September 25th!

If you or your workplace have gently-used supplies, please contact us at so we can set up a time for pickup/dropoff.

Or, make a flexible cash or check donation. $25 covers the entry fees for a student’s first debate tournament! Become a one-time or monthly giver now and you’ll set more students up for success in the first season.

Make A Gift for the MNUDL Supply Drive

Welcome to Chris Stedman as Inter-Religious Resource Coordinator

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Interfaith at Augsburg is pleased to announce that Chris Stedman ’08 will serve as Inter-Religious Resource Coordinator for the upcoming year. In this position, Chris will help Interfaith at Augsburg position itself to enhance interfaith leadership on campus and nationally, a goal identified in the Augsburg 150 strategic plan. His work will include the creation of teaching modules on “interreligious knowledge, skills, and leadership” that can be used in courses such as Augsburg’s professional graduate degree programs. He also will assist in strengthening Augsburg’s Interfaith Ally training.

Chris is not new to the Augsburg community. In addition to being an alumnus, he has served in a number of capacities since 2016, when he joined Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship as a fellow. Following his time at the Sabo Center, Chris served for two years as an interfaith fellow. Last year, he joined the Department of Religion and Philosophy as an instructor, where he teaches multiple sections of Religion 200.

Outside of his work at Augsburg, Chris is a nationally-recognized writer, speaker, and activist. He is the author of 2020’s IRL and 2012’s Faitheist. Chris has also written for publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. Most recently, his narrative podcast Unread (“Best Podcasts of 2021.” —Vulture) was released in June. It quickly found an audience around the world, including in Canada, where it hit number one on Apple Podcasts’s Society & Culture chart just a month after its premiere. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University and a trainer and content developer for the Interfaith Youth Core. In recognition of his groundbreaking leadership in interfaith activism and humanist community building, Augsburg selected Chris for their annual First Decade Award in 2018.

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Career Readiness Resources for Faculty and Staff

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The Strommen Center knows many of you are already supporting the career readiness of students by reviewing their resumes, talking to them about looking for a job, or connecting them to people in your network.

That is why this year we’ve created Grab and Go pre-built career readiness workshops to support you as you support students. These workshops can be instructed by you and will provide you with up-to-date best practices on how to write a resume and cover letter, how to search for a job or internship, and how to prepare for an interview.

You can find out more about these resources and get connected to the workshops on Strommen’s Community Moodle site by visiting our Faculty Resources page.

Faculty & Staff Career Readiness Resources

Student Workers Wanted: Athletics Sports Information

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Athletics Sports Information is seeking 10-15 student employees for 2021-22 academic year. If you enjoy sports, this is a great job for you! Work home athletic events and get paid. Hours are flexible, directly reflecting the home athletic event schedule. This is a great opportunity to hone your skills and gain new experiences. If you are interested in learning more, you can view the job on Handshake or email

Sports Information Student Assistant – Job Posting

Apply To Be Opinions or A&C Editor of the Echo (Paid)

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for students interested in our positions of Opinions editor and A&C editor!

The editor of our “Opinions” section is responsible for curating, editing and writing articles centered on Augsburg student and community opinions and stories. Some examples of Opinions content topics include political comics, critiques of Augsburg administration and leadership, experiences of marginalized identities, political views and more.

The editor of our “Arts & Culture” (A&C) section is responsible for curating, editing, and writing articles that cover artistic happenings at Augsburg and in the greater Minneapolis community. Previous articles have included album/movie/show reviews, event coverage, interviews with local artists, and more.

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! Section editors are compensated $60 per issue, totaling $1200 for the whole year, and work approximately six hours a week.

*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 to learn more about what these positions entail. To apply, send over a cover letter and resume!

Event Announcements

Welcome Back Meeting for Augsburg’s Theater Department

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With the school year quickly approaching, Augsburg Theater is holding its annual Welcome Back Meeting on Thursday, September 2nd from 4-5pm. This meeting will be held face-to-face in the Theater in the Foss Center. Just as a reminder, masks will be required at all times when inside the Foss Center. Also, please make sure to utilize the CampusClear app so we can assure the health and safety of our department.

With all this being said, we are so excited to see everyone back in person! Attached to this email is a list of the 2021-2022 Season so you can take a look at what we have in store for the coming year. Come and learn about the season and meet new theatre friends and faculty!

Forum Webinar Engaging With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Customers and Employees

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When: September 16, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Presenters: Vannessa LeBoss, Communication Service for the Deaf  |  Craig Radford, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)
Cost: Free

Every day, one to two million Deaf Americans are forced to communicate either through a third party or secondary language in order to reach customer support. This session will share new technology and resources now available today that will allow your organization to provide direct video communication for customer support in sign language instead of relying on outdated third party interpreters or TTY’s. Learn how to create jobs and hire qualified deaf employees with ease, while providing equitable customer support and gaining customers from an untapped market in the process.

Learning Outcomes
Understand the pros & cons of current customer support methods & equitable options now available
Learn why one in four deaf quit due to discrimination, and how to avoid isolation for people with a disability
Learn innovative ways to reach an untapped two million plus customer market and internally create jobs

Keeping Track of Auggies

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We’re Hiring: Multiple FT + Contract Roles Available at the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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Want to support Twin Cities students? Looking for meaningful work? The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, has multiple open positions:

Operations Coordinator:

The Operations Coordinator plays an essential role in implementing the administrative and operation systems for the Minnesota Urban Debate League program.

The pay range is $38,000-42,000 yearly. Augsburg University provides full benefits; additionally after one year, employees are eligible for tuition remission – a great benefit to further a degree for yourself or a dependent.
Learn more about the job and apply via Augsburg University:

Community Debate Liaison – AmeriCorps VISTA

The Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA role deadline has been extended to October 1st. Gain professional development in the nonprofit field while expanding the capacity of our Spanish Debate League and East African Debate programs. An AmeriCorps VISTA fellowship is a great way to make a career change to the nonprofit field or prepare yourself for further education.

You will be a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits cohort– please see this link for full benefit details. Learn more and apply via LinkedIn:

New Debate Coach Roles

Become a debate coach for our newest area partners. District 622 (North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale) is hiring for five debate coach positions starting in fall: at North High School, Tartan High School, Maplewood Middle School, Skyview Middle School, and John Glenn Middle School. This is our most recent suburban expansion, and we are excited to establish new teams there. Learn more and apply: DISTRICT 622 COACH ROLES

Please feel free to reach out to with any questions and share these postings with your network!

MNUDL Employment Opportunities