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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 17-31, 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Speculative Fictions (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

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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HR: Website Organization and Saved Forms

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We’ve reorganized content on the HR website in an effort to improve clarity and make important tools easier to find.

Forms, policies, staff performance reviews, and payroll information can be found in the “Employee Toolkit”.

IT and HR are working closely together to build data-driven secure forms and approval workflows, reducing the risk of clerical errors, increasing data security, and improving the experience of employees and supervisors. In our ongoing efforts to streamline and go paperless many of our paper and electronic forms are being converted into Webdocs Forms which allows the forms to be saved directly to the employee’s electronic personnel records. If you receive emails from “Augsburg Online Forms” ( they are being generated by these Webdocs Forms approval paths.

We are in the process of creating and posting new content, especially with the upcoming rollout of SmartRecruiters. The HR team looks forward to providing the most important information and tools for Augsburg employees in one central location!

If you have any questions or feedback please contact!

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Farewell to Catherina Kipper

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Catherina Kipper, URGO’s Prehealth Professions Specialist, will be returning to the University of MN, having accepted a position as an Assistant Director of Advising in the College of Liberal Arts. In the seven plus years that Catherina worked at Augsburg she established a stellar prehealth science advising program and assisted countless students and alums with their applications and interviews to various prehealth science programs. She also served as the advisor to the newly created and active Pre-Dentistry and Pre-PA clubs.

Students sought Catherina out because she provided honest and thorough advice about how to be a competitive prehealth applicant. She is particularly gifted as a writing coach, painstakingly reading multiple drafts of statements and secondary applications, always helping students find their own voices. Because of her commitment and knowledge, more Augsburg students and alums gained admissions to prehealth programs and more of them had multiple offers.

All of her staff and faculty colleagues immediately noticed her professionalism, deep knowledge of the health professions, dedication to student advancement, cross cultural competency and generous nature. As the only other staff member in URGO, Catherina accepted multiple responsibilities to ensure that the office functioned with a high quality of service–always her standard.

We thank her for her dedicated service to Augsburg and wish her the best in her new position.

Please join us on Thursday, July 7th in Hagfors 101 for cake and well wishes from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Black American Young Adults Needed for a Paid Psychology Interview Study (Earn $25)

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My name is Asma Noor. I am a student researcher at Augsburg University, and I am currently seeking Black individuals who are comfortable sharing their attitudes on help-seeking and mental health to participate in a psychology research study.

I am interested in hearing the personal experiences from your community. The study involves a 60-minute one-on-one audio Zoom or in-person (if comfortable) interview. This project has been approved by Augsburg University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB-#2022-20-03).

You are eligible to participate if you are between
1. 18-29 years old,
2. identify as Black American,
3. have lived in Minnesota for at least the past two years.

This study is confidential and completely voluntary. You may choose to withdraw from the study at any time.

Participants will receive a $25 e-gift card for participating in this study. If you are interested in participating, please complete this brief screening form:

Feel free to contact me directly at or my research advisor, Dr. Alex Ajayi, at Please consider forwarding this to other individuals who may meet the criteria for participation. Thank you for your consideration!

HR: Performance Review Information

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Staff needing to complete a 90-Day or Annual performance review can initiate their review through the Employee Toolkit on the Human Resources website at

Performance reviews will no longer be facilitated by the Hirezon platform.

The performance review form automatically saves your work every 2 minutes. If you need to access a form you previously saved simply launch the performance review form and choose “Load a saved form”. Performance reviews are being conducted through Augsburg’s Webdocs Forms – emails generated by Webdocs forms will originate from “Augsburg Online Forms” (

Human Resources is refining and retooling the annual review process and looks forward to robust campus-wide staff annual reviews in the summer of 2023.

Staff performance reviews

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TODAY at 10:30am: Poster Presentation on Cultural Adaptations of CBT

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Join the Clinical Psychology PsyD program in the Augsburg Room (in the upper level of Christensen Center) on Wednesday, June 29th from 10:30-11:30am, where our graduate students will review existing research on cultural applications and adaptations to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Graduates will present posters of their work and respond to questions on the following topics: CBT for older adults with depression, CBT adaptations for refugee children who have experienced war trauma, DBT with transgender adolescents in residential settings, CBT for visually impaired adults with depression, and culturally sensitive CBT for the Somali-American community.

Light refreshments will be provided!

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