Please scroll through the calendar for upcoming events. When necessary, more detail regarding the events can be found below the calendar.


Note: This is a working document and will be updated regularly.




Webinar:  Intercultural Competence and Student Development: Working Toward a Fuller Picture of Global Learning

Date & Time: September 24, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Webinar Viewing Location: Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

Kick off the new academic year with this stimulating conversation that taps into NAFSA’s growing community of practice focused on global learning.

Several instruments are designed to help locate college students on intercultural scales and measure changes in their perspectives over time. What does the data from these techniques reveal – and not – about students and their intercultural competence?

Jointly sponsored by Augsburg’s Office of International Programs, General Education, and CTL.

For more information, contact Leah Spinosa de Vega





October 7, 3:40-5:40 p.m. Foss Studio

Jointly Sponsored by Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning 

Faculty and Staff – You are invited to participate in Penumbra Theatre Company’s RACE Workshop. As part of Augsburg’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all, this workshop is designed to continue the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as build upon the momentum generated through the Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference. During this two-hour session, you will participate in a variety of activities that facilitate the exploration of your identity and the examination how your sense of self affects your perception of others. Monologues by Penumbra’s performance artists will help us hone in on the things that nurture or hinder human connection. By participating in this workshop, we hope to give you some tools to foster a deeper connection with students by first giving you the space to deeply connect with your own self. 

Space is limited for this event so please RSVP to


Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st Century College Students

Network for Academic Renewal Conference
October 16-18, 2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg attendees should register for the Team Registration rate to receive a $50 discount.

For more information, please visit


CTL Book Group Discussion of  The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich 

Facilitators: Bob Cowgill (English) & Elise Marubbio (American Indian Studies) 

12:20-1:30 Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and November 19 
Riverside Room, Christensen Center 

Set in 1988 on a North Dakota reservation, the 14th novel from Pulitzer finalist Louise Erdrich is the compelling story of a 13-year-old boy thrust into manhood after his mother is the victim of a brutal crime. The Star Tribune praises the book as “an artfully balanced mystery, thriller and coming-of-age story… [a] gripping tale of the effects of violence on a family.” This novel is the Many Voices Project common text used in English 111 this school year. The Reading Circle will examine Erdrich’s exploration of the lives of Native Americans and themes of violence, family, sovereignty and loss, and discuss how one facilitates discussion of these sometime difficult topics skillfully and with cultural sensitivity. 

Faculty and staff may sign up for the Reading Circle and pick up a book in the Department of Nursing SC 116. Please read to p. 148 for the first session. Participants are also invited to have lunch in the cafeteria courtesy of the Batalden Endowment. 

Questions can be directed to Matt Maruggi ( or Joyce Miller (


Called to Scholarship – “Hanging Little Joe on the Suburban Ponderosa, Or, What has the Middle Ages to do with the Old West?” – Phil Adamo

Co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Department of History

October 29th

3:15-5:00 p.m.

OGC 100




Gen Ed Faculty Development Series – Shifting from “What do we teach?” to “What do students learn?”

Critical Thinking (assessed in 2013-14)
Tuesday, Nov. 4,  3:40 – 5:00 OGC 111 Mary Lowe / Lori Brandt-Hale / Assessment Comm.
Wednesday, Nov. 5,  3:40 – 5:00 OGC 111 Mary Lowe / Lori Brandt-Hale / Assessment Comm.
What does it mean to teach “critical thinking”? We know we emphasize it, but what strategies work best? And how do our students perform on nationally calibrated tests? In this session (repeated twice), we will review assessment data from 2013-14 and explore a variety of high-impact teaching strategies.

Adobe Connect sessions/rooms have been added so anyone can join the meeting virtually.


Participants through Adobe Connect will see what is being shown on the screen and be able to hear the speakers through the web cam’s microphone (we will not be using the web cam’s video). Christy Mattingly (Academic Liaison for Computing) will log into Adobe Connect on the computer to start the session as the host, then we will click “Record” at the beginning of the workshop so the presentation can be viewed at a later date/time by those unable to make this time.

If you plan on participating through Adobe Connect, please provide Christy Mattingly with your phone number in case you are unable to hear the audio.


Diversity and Global Learning
A series of brown bag conversations with Eric Canny, new Dean of Global Education – all events will be held from 12 to 1 pm. Bring your lunch or buy it in the Commons (Gen Ed will pick up the tab.)

Wednesday, Oct. 15 Where do / can diversity and global learning intersect in the curriculum?
(Augsburg Room)

Tuesday, Nov. 11 What barriers prevent us from effectively teaching DGL? What resources and collaborations would help? (Lindell 301)

Wednesday, Dec. 3 How can we help students achieve the SLO to “explain diverse positions and collaborate effectively across social, cultural and geographic differences?” (Riverside Room)


CLASS Office Brown Bag Discussion

Thursday, November 13


Lindell 202

Please join Kathy McGillivray, the new director of the CLASS office, and disability specialists for a brown bag discussion.  This will be an opportunity to discuss questions, concerns, and best practices for accommodating students with disabilities in your classes. Please watch Augsburg A-mail for more details.


Technology Workshop – Improving Student Engagement Through Feedback

Join CTL, e-learning specialist Bonnie Tensen, and the academic LFCs for a workshop that addresses common pedagogical issues through technology. This workshop will provide faculty with tools for increasing student preparedness for class, decreasing students’ confusion about grading processes, and improving students’ understanding of classroom policies. Faculty will also have the opportunity to discuss their own pedagogical needs and ask about available tools.

Monday, November 17th

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Marshall Room


AVID Professional Learning Sessions
Introduction to High Engagement Pedagogy (and WICOR)

Monday, Dec. 1 12:00 – 1:00 pm OGC100
Wednesday, Jan. 21 3:40 – 5:00 pm OGC100

Since 2009, Augsburg College has partnered with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to support student success and provide students with tools and resources to assume responsibility for their own learning. The requisite skills for success fall under broad categories known as WICOR skills: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. This session will introduce easy-to-adopt high engagement WICOR strategies for use both in class and in preparation for class. Faculty who currently use AVID strategies will attest to the fact that these approaches are not ‘add-ons’ or one more thing to cram into an already packed syllabus, but effective ways to engage students in course content, discussions, and activities.




Continuing the Conversation – Working Toward a More Inclusive Campus

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

3:40-4:40 p.m.

Lindell 202



WISE 2015 Conference
Thursday and Friday, February 5-6, 2015
Pre-conference workshops: Wednesday February 4, 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

WISE is the premier conference focused on the development of intercultural skills and awareness during study abroad and international travel. WISE is a practitioner’s conference focused on helping faculty leaders, program coordinators, and resident staff develop the knowledge and skills they need in order to help study abroad students develop intercultural skills and awareness.

WISE is designed for faculty who lead or teach short- or long-term programs abroad, and for study abroad professionals who assist students in this important cross-cultural experience. It is a place where faculty, study abroad professionals, and other international education and assessment experts can share insights, strategies and personal experiences about intercultural competency in practical, hands-on sessions.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding CTL, please contact Tim Pippert