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Faculty Applications for Travel September Through November Due Friday, July 1

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Because of the temporary reduction in full-time faculty professional development funds allocated to Augsburg’s Faculty Development Program (aka CTL), the Program has created a grant review procedure and policy to ensure equitable funding for 2022-2023. (see link to full policy on the CTL website below)

The biggest change for faculty are the new application deadlines. To ensure
equitable distribution of grant funding, the FDC will be reviewing grants in bulk four times during the year. The deadline for your grant application depends primarily on WHEN you will be traveling/having expenses. Please note that you may submit a grant application at any time before your preferred deadline; however grants will not be reviewed until the deadline closes.

Round 2 Deadline: July 1, 2022 (for travel/expenses Sep – Nov 2022)
Round 3 Deadline: October 1, 2022 (for travel/expenses Dec 2022 – Feb 2023)
Round 4 Deadline: January 1, 2023 (for travel/expenses Mar – May 2023)

There is additional and more specific information on the CTL website (see link below) which should answer most of your questions! Please contact CTL ( if you have any questions about this temporary policy or would like more information.

Short Study Abroad/Away Courses for Next Year – Earn Credit Off Campus

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Short-term study abroad & away in Spring or Summer 2023 is a great way to earn credits and get off-campus! All programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement:

• Spring Break travel to Los Angeles, CA
• WST 220: Topics: Race, Gender and Hollywood – fulfills a Humanities requirement

• Spring break travel to Guatemala
• Course: RLN 409 (fulfills Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 – Keystone credit for some majors

• travel in May/June 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Travel Writing (4 credits), Humanities LAF
•SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (4 credits), SBS LAF
•SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (4 credits), elective

•Summer 2023 Term 1, travel in Greater Minnesota (location TBD)
•Choose 1 course, with optional INS add on:
•SOC 495 – Sociology topics elective
•THR 295 -Topics in Theater – LAF Fine Arts
•INS 292 – 2 credits – optional

• Travel in May/June 2023
•Choose 1 science course and/or the religion course:
•CHM 102 with Lab: fulfills Science with Lab course (does not count toward Chm major or minor)
•SCI 490: Integrated Science Keystone Integrated Science
•RLN 205: Topics in Religion – may fulfill Search for Meaning II or Humanities LAF

• Travel in May 2023
•Choose 1 course:
•ECO 315: Money and Banking
•BUS 362: International Business

• Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry
• 4 study sessions in summer – choose the one (or more!) that works for you!

Got questions? Get in touch:

Check out all the program offerings here

New – Podcast Ep. 96: Building a Diversity Program as an HR Professional Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Kari Heistad d (Culture Coach International, Diversity Dashboard) answers questions from listeners that attended our May 19, 2022 webinar Building a Diversity Program as an HR Professional.

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Video From Data Science Major / Minor Information Session

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Wanted to attend last week’s information session on the new Data Science Major and Minor but was not able to? You are in luck – the video from the information session is now available:

Questions on this new major? Please contact the Data Science Program Director, Dr. John Zobitz (

826 MPLS Summer Volunteer Opportunities

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826 MPLS, located in the Seward neighborhood just a 10 minute walk from Augsburg, is looking for volunteers for summer programs. Their mission “amplifies the voices, stories, and power of K-12 BIPOC students through writing, publishing, and leadership programs.” This summer program begins on July 13th. Students visit outdoor locations to learn about the natural environment and sustainability, writing about what they learn, their thoughts and experiences.

Volunteer shifts are between two and four hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can get in touch with proud Augsburg alum, Aminah Hussein, for more information:

To learn more about 826 MSP visit their website:

HR: New and Exciting for Hiring

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In case you missed it, Human Resources is happy to announce we will be going live with a new Application Tracking System (ATS) on August 1st called SmartRecruiters! This modern and intuitive system will replace Hirezon/Interview Exchange. We are looking forward to the many new features that will improve the experiences of candidates and hiring teams!

What is SmartRecruiters?
SmartRecruiters is an ATS that starts from the moment you apply to a job all the way through to a candidate hire. It is a sleek, new, state of the art tool that will:

-Enhance candidate experience
-Increase recruiter productivity
-Improve hiring manager engagement
-Centralize the hiring process and collaboration
-Engage with employees for internal mobility and referrals

What can I expect over the next month?
You can expect our Human Resources team to be working hard to configure this system to fit Augsburg’s needs and hiring goals. SmartRecruiters Hiring Manager and Student Employee Supervisor training will begin in July and will be conducted through live webinars.

Key Dates (tentative)
July 1: Last day to post student employment positions to Hirezon
July 15: Last day to post faculty/staff positions to Hirezon
July 18: Publish student jobs on SmartRecruiters student portal
August 1: Publish Faculty and Staff positions on SmartRecruiters

The Human Resources team has already benefited from reviewing existing processes and re-imagining them in SmartRecruiters and looks forward to improving the hiring process for everyone involved as we collaborate to bring talent to Augsburg.

Find more information on Augsburg’s SmartRecruiters implementation at

SmartRecruiters FAQ

Welcome Summer Bridge Class of 2022

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Augsburg TRIO/SSS welcomes the Summer Bridge Class of 2022! These incoming first-year students will complete two courses for college credit while they get to know each other, college expectations and the Augsburg campus as they live and learn together as a community. Summer Bridge runs June 26-July 28. If you see Summer Bridge students around campus be sure to say “Hi!”

Augsburg TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge

Two New Staff at TRIO/ Student Support Services

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Magaly Ortiz ’14 joins the TRIO/SSS team as Academic Advisor starting Monday, June 27. Magaly brings a wealth of experience teaching and mentoring at the University of Minnesota in Spanish language, communication and literature. She has also worked recently with the Augsburg TRIO/ McNair program, with ETS testing services, and extensive volunteer hours al while while pursuing her doctorate in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures. Magaly is excited to return to Augsburg to advise TRIO/SSS students on their college experience.

Ethan Johnson started June 13 in a temporary position as Speech and Academic Skills coach with the TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge program. An Assistant Professor of Communications at Iowa Lakes Community College, Ethan is spending the summer at Augsburg to work with the COM 111 – Summer Bridge class taught by Bob Groven.

Welcome to Augsburg, Magaly and Ethan!

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Welcome AP Teachers (June 27-30)

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The Center for Adult and Continuing Education is very excited to be welcoming Advanced Placement (AP) teachers back to campus during the week of June 27 – June 30. These 95 teachers will be participating in 12 different AP workshops. While this is a smaller group than we last hosted back in 2019, they are geographically diverse. They are coming from 18 different states/territories and 3 different countries.

These teachers will be on campus for the week learning about their individual AP subject. All of their classes will be taking place in Hagfors, so if you see someone who might be looking for the “APSI” (Advanced Placement Summer Institute), please feel free to direct them to Hagfors.

There are a number of campus partners who have helped make this a success in planning. We would like to thank everyone who has assisted us up to this point, and we hope you know how much we appreciate you!

If you want to learn more about the APSI at Augsburg, we invite you to explore our website. You can also click on the registration links on the right side of the screen to see our different event pages. If you have questions about the APSI, we invite you to email us at

Augsburg University Advanced Placement Summer Institute

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Counselors Needed for Scrubs Camp; July 11-14; Earn $500

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Counselors are needed to work at Scrubs Camp at Augsburg from July 11 – July 14, 2022; 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily. Counselors will earn $500 for the four day camp. Scrubs Camp is coordinated by HealthForce Minnesota and provides opportunities for high school students to explore health careers by engaging in interactive sessions led by health care professionals. To apply, contact Deenna Steinhaus at or call 507-479-0240.

Scrubs Camp Counselor Job Description