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Scholarship & Support

Augustana College actively supports the development of its teacher-scholars. The college operates on three 10-week trimesters, with opportunities for summer and international teaching.

Faculty salaries are in the top third for all liberal arts colleges. With exceptions noted below, the standard teaching load is seven courses (2-2-3), the average class size is 22 and the student:faculty ratio is 11:1.

In addition to a collegial pre-tenure review system, Augustana supports the growth of faculty through a substantial, continually evolving array of programs.

Programming for faculty development

"I hadn't realized how much support a small college could provide for our professional development ... the college makes it possible to stay active in their field and to grow as educators and researchers. I think it is also important that many of my colleagues believe that those last two pursuits, education and research, when done most effectively, are not mutually exclusive and are both accomplished, first and foremost, to the benefit of our students."
Dr. Ian Harrington, associate professor of psychology

The New Faculty Orientation Program and the New Faculty Mentoring Circle Sessions provide faculty with programming lasting throughout their first year at the college. The programs engage colleagues in conversations about developing careers as teachers and scholars, and introduces the college and its various areas, division and programs.

Mentoring Circle sessions focus on issues related to teaching and learning and include such topics as reaching the typical Augustana student, improving a course syllabus, evaluating writing assignments, fostering critical thinking, preparing for pre-tenure and tenure evaluation or discussing case studies.

The Augustana Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE) provides a variety of resources and programming for faculty development. Teaching and learning is a special emphasis, so the CFE provides such programs as teaching observation groups, weekly brown bag chats, frequent workshops on ideas for innovating pedagogy in areas such as writing, research skills, and class discussions, and an annual Faculty Academy series of events for advanced development in an important area (e.g., advising, flipping the classroom).

The CFE also supports a Teaching and Learning collection in the Tredway Library, as well as a subscription to on-demand teaching development webinars for faculty use. The CFE also provides support programs for scholarship, such as Writers Groups, the Faculty Research Forum, a devoted campus space for focused writing, and a series of immersive Writers Retreat days each year.

The CFE also coordinates Augustana’s interdisciplinary faculty mentoring program, a number of Faculty Learning Community groups who read on and discuss important issues facing the campus and the academy, and programming to develop professional career development throughout the academic career lifespan.

Augustana provides substantial information technology support to its faculty. ITS has two educational technology specialists, one full-time and one half-time. These individuals assist faculty in learning how to effectively integrate technology into their teaching. Faculty development is fostered through an annual series of workshops offered the week after graduation ceremonies in May. Typical offerings include course management software, digital imaging and video, and a "best practices showcase" of projects faculty have implemented in the past academic year.

The annual end-of-summer faculty retreat brings together all faculty for presentations on topics of common concern, as well as faculty-designed workshops. Past special guest speakers include Dee Fink, national expert in “backwards design” of courses and author of "What The Best College Teachers Do," and Peter Saunders who directs the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University, who led small-group work sessions on managing student collaborative teams.

Faculty retreat sessions also draw from the wealth of expertise on campus, providing informative discussions and workshops on a wide range of pedagogical possibilities, from blended learning technology and service learning to teaching philosophies and classroom-based assessment options.

Departments often offer course packs – sample syllabi, textbooks, assignments, and readings – for new colleagues preparing for their first term's classes.

Resource support for professional development

First-year course release: All tenure-track faculty have a reduced teaching load of 18 credit hours (2-2-2 in most disciplines other than science) in the first year.

The college provides an optional pre-tenure sabbatical in the third year for new faculty.

Our professional meeting allowance provides $1,000 annually to attend professional meetings. A supplementary allowance is available for presenters.

All new faculty may apply to the New Faculty Research Fund for up to $4,000 in support for research per year (in any of the four areas of scholarship defined by Ernest Boyer) in their first three years of service to Augustana. Those funds can be combined with the grants mentioned below.

The Faculty Research Committee funds creative and scholarly work. Funds are available for such items as student salaries, special equipment, supplies, computer time, typing costs, journal page costs, work in major archives, and additional study. On average, the committee funds 65% of requests.

Bridge funding is available for faculty with equipment needs related to research. This fund enables faculty to build on their research in anticipation of a grant application.

Each summer, Augustana sponsors stipends for several dozen Faculty-Student Fellowships for collaborative research projects.

All faculty are eligible to apply for a three-credit Major Project Course Release each year for the completion of a major project.

Each year, the president offers summer Presidential Research Fellowships of $4,000 plus $750 in expenses.

We encourage, assist, and support faculty and administrators as they seek internal and external funding sources for projects that enhance the college's ability to achieve its mission, that strengthen academic and college departments, and that lead to greater professional development. The staff can help you identify opportunities, review proposals and budgets, and assist in setting up budgets upon receipt of an award.

To help support student research as a teaching strategy, Augustana provides research and travel funding for student scholars

The dean's weekly Faculty Newsletter offers continuing updates on new grants, grant opportunities, conference sponsorships and speakers.

Contact us with questions about faculty scholarship and support.

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