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2009 - 2010

Academic Report 2009-2010

A Faculty Scholarship, Achievements, and Service

In addition to teaching, Wartburg College faculty participate in a variety of activities that contribute to the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of teaching, and service to the college and the community. The following is a report on the achievements of the Wartburg College faculty during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Publication of Books or Papers Bane, C., Cornish, M., Erspamer, N., Kampman, L. (2009) Self-disclosure through weblogs and perceptions of online and ‘Real-life’ friendships among female bloggers. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Natarajan, T., Elsner, W., and Fullwiler, S. (eds) (2009) Institutional analysis and praxis – The social fabric matrix approach. New York, NY: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Boerigter, T. (2009) 6 obras en un acto. One act plays by Emilio Carballido. G & R Publishing, Waverly, Iowa.

Brockman, C. (2010) The Circuit: Wartburg College’s new online student medium. Journal of Media Education, April. (in press) A Midwest communications company embraces convergence. The Convergence Newsletter.

Hagan, D. (in press) Threading the needle: Problems in reading Diderot’s Lettre sur les aveugles. Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture, vol. 40. (2009) Review and article in response to Jennifer Vanderheyden’s The Function of the Dream and the Body in Diderot’s Works (2004). The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography, vol. 30—2004, 2009.

Gunel, M., Hand, B., and McDermott, M. (2009) Writing for different audiences: Effects on high-school students’ conceptual understanding of biology. Learning and Instruction, 19 (4): 354-367.

McDermott, M. (2010) More than writing-to-learn. The Science Teacher, 77(1): 32-36.

Jones, B.

McDermott, M. and Hand, B.

(2009) Ecclesiastes. Bible Briefs Series. Forward Movement Publications.

(in press) Secondary reanalysis of student perceptions while participating in non-traditional writing in science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

(2009) [Review of the book The groaning of creation; God, evolution and the problem of evil.] Currents in Theology and Mission.

Kleinhans, K. (2009) Come and behold Him. The Lutheran. (2010) Devotions for June 16-30, Christ in our home.

Meyeraan, S. and Fullwiler, S. (in press) Confronting poverty with jobs and job training: A northeast Iowa case study. Journal of Economic Issues.

Nolan, A. (2010) A new myth to live by: The graphic vision of Kathy Acker. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.

(2009) Economic motivation: Injured bodies in Austen’s Northanger Abbey. MP Feminist Journal. Volume 3.

(in press) Christ as bride/groom: A Lutheran feminist relational Christology. Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives, ed. Mary Streufert Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Foster, J., Trager J. and Freese, E.

Lambert III, L.

(in press) A small gem in Iowa. Proceedings of the 21st North American Prairie Conference. Winona, Minn. Winona State University.

(2009) Spirituality, Inc. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Fullwiler, S. and Meyeraan, S.

(2009) Searching for women in the records of women: Two examples from the south German Dominicans. Church History and Religious Culture 88.4:563-580.

Pier, P. and Weaver, K.

(2009) Sensual encounters: Monastic women and spirituality in medieval Germany. New York: Columbia University Press.

Pruisner, P.

Cohenour, G.

(in press) Confronting poverty with jobs and job training: A northeast Iowa case study. Journal of Economic Issues.


Lindgren, E.

Nota, F. (2009) Theory of regional stability as a public good: Examples from southern Africa. Economics of Peace and Security Journal. Vol 4(2). (2009) The rank-size rule in perspective. In B. Warf (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. London: Sage.

(in press) Embedded information literacy in the oral communication course. Public Services Quarterly.

(2010) The consideration of graphic text cues in the selection of reading strategies. In R. Griffin and M. Avgerinou (Eds.) Critically Engaging

the 21st Century Learner in Visual Worlds and Virtual Environments. Loretto, Pa.: International Visual Literacy Association.

Stein, J. (2009) One week in June: The Iowa floods of 2008. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: WDG Publishing. (2009) Connecting with the audience: A time-honored tradition with implications for today. College Park, Maryland: Library of American Broadcasting, University of MarylandCollege Park.

Strickert, F. (2009) [Review of the article Christians and a land called holy: How we can foster justice, peace, and hope. In Currents in Theology and Mission.] [Review of the article Constantine’s Bible: Politics and the making of the New Testament. In Currents in Theology and Mission.]

Waldstein, F.

Hackemann-Bahlmann, R.

(2009) Triangulated learning: Integrating text, current events, and experience in state and local government. Civic Service: Service Learning with State and Local Government Partners. D. Redlawsk and T. Rice (eds.), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

(2009) Smoke + mirrors/shadow + fog. Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Walther, D. (2010) Sex, race and empire: White male sexuality and the “other” in Germany’s colonies. German Studies Review 33:1, 45-71.

Weaver, K. and Pier, P. (in press) Embedded information literacy in the oral communication course. Public Services Quarterly.

Withers, W. (in press) Generational divide among service providers. Chapter in Customer Experience Management. Access Intelligence.

(2009) Bard. In Shepherd, John (ed.) Encyclopedia of Popular Music. London: Oxford. (in press) Belarusian sound “Affects”: Troping the poetic soundscapes of Janka Kupala and Jacub Kolas in three musical contexts. In Jim Dingley and Arthur McMillan (eds.) Proceedings of the International Kupala-Kolas Colloquium. London: Anglo-Belarusian Society.

Thomas, D. (2009) Hillary Clinton in the American mind: Exploring the nature and roots of a polarized political persona. Journal of Human Subjectivity, 7(2), December 2009, 5-38. [with Larry Baas, Valparaiso University]

(2009) Object as subject: Artists explore the museum collection. University of Northern Iowa Museum, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Larson, J. (2009) Soprano soloist, Handel’s Messiah. Salt Lake Symphony and Utah Voices, Salt Lake City, Utah. (2010) Soprano soloist, Mozart’s Requiem. Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor, Mich. (2010) By-invitation recital. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Austin, Minn.

[Review of the article Performing the Gospel: Orality, memory, and Mark in Currents in Theology and Mission.]

Survilla, P.

(2009) The ghosts of Coleridge. Tunnel Space, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, N.Y.

Publication or Performance of Creative Works Andrews, J. (2009) Premier, That’s Life, Craig Currey, arranger.

Fedeler, B., and Payne, T. (2009) Iowa seen: Drawings by Barbara Fedeler and photographs by Thomas Payne. Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Fedeler, B.

(2010) Soprano soloist, Orff’s Carmina Burana. Salt Lake Symphony, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Muntefering, S. (2009) Guest soloist, NIAC Honor Band, Denver, Iowa. (2009) Clinician, Iowa Music Educator’s Conference, Ames, Iowa. (2010) Meistersinger Honor Band, clinician/ presenter, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

(2010) New work. Olson-Larsen Galleries, West Des Moines, Iowa.

(2010) Guest lecture recital, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, Minn.

(2010) Annual landscape show. Olson-Larsen Galleries, West Des Moines, Iowa.

February 28, 2010 Guest Artist Series concert, Austin, Minn.


Publication or Performance of Creative Works Muntefering, S. (2010) Metropolitan Chorale Orchestra, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2010) Guest soloist, Dakota Wesleyan University/ Community Band, Mitchell, S.D.

Nelson, L. (2009) Conductor, Metropolitan Chorale, Waterloo, Iowa.

Nolan, A. (2010) Murder and redemption. 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literatures, East Lansing, Mich.

Payne, T. and Fedeler, B. (2009) Iowa seen: Drawings by Barbara Fedeler and photographs by Thomas Payne. Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Pfaltzgraff, B. (2009) Ann Arbor Art Song Festival, Ann Arbor, Mich. (2009) By-invitation recital. Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb. (2009) Tenor soloist, Mendelssohn’s Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her. Metropolitan Chorale, Waterloo, Iowa. (2009) Tenor soloist, Korngold’s Prayer. Metropolitan Chorale, Waterloo, Iowa. (2009) By-invitation recital. The Art of the Graphic Novel. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. (2010) By-invitation recital. Rochester Community Technical College, Rochester, Minn.


(2010) By-invitation recital, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Austin, Minn. (2010) Tenor soloist, Bach’s Magnificat, Metropolitan Chorale, Waverly, Iowa.

Stein, J. (2009) Where’s floppy? (original one-hour video documentary), Des Moines, Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa Museum (2010) Awards video, Eric Sevareid Awards, Northwest Broadcast News Association, Bloomington, Minn. (2010) Tribute video, Mitchell V. Charnley Award, Northwest Broadcast News Association, Bloomington, Minn. (2010) R.J. McElroy Centennial video segments (two topics), broadcast on KWWL-TV, Waterloo, Iowa.

Survilla, P. (2009) Invited participant, Slavic Artists in Exhibition, Canadian Association of Slavists, Learned Societies Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Editor of Publication Brockman, C. (2009) Editor, Cyberwave, the online newsletter of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Survilla, P. (2009) Contributing editor for Germano Slavica.

Professional Presentations Babcock Mashek, K. (2009) Getting your library users involved in your website redesign process. Library Technology Conference at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn.

Babcock Mashek, K. and Weaver, K. (2009) Back to the future: How rethinking the desk can revive reference service in the new millennium. Iowa Library Association/ Association of College and Research Libraries Annual Conference, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa.

Babcock Mashek, K. and Weaver, K. (2009) Creating usability tests that work for your website and other web applications. Brick and Click Academic Library Symposium, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo.

Meyeraan, S., and Babcock Mashek, K. (2010). Peer assessment of student webpage development: A real world simulation. The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning Conference on Assessment for the Changing Learning Environment, Bloomington, Minn.

Njus, D.M., Bane, C.M.H., Delikowski, L. (2010) Working model correspondence between adult attachment and attachment to God. Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Ill.

Birgen, M. (2009) SENCER and mathematics. Alumni Colloquium, SENCER Summer Institute, Chicago, Ill.

(2009) Short course: Using civic engagement to cross the frontier of honors science education. Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Washington D.C. (2009) Calculus for the 21st Century. Fall meeting of the Iowa section of the Mathematical Association of America, Cedar Falls, Iowa. (2010) The CORE of calculus. Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa. (2010) Organizing and running an effective seminar/ capstone course for mathematics majors. Panel Discussion at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Francisco, Calif.

Bousquet, B. (2009) Modeling a water balloon slingshot in the introductory physics laboratory. American Association of Physics Teachers summer meeting, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bouzard, W. (2009) A new interpretation of Lamentations 3. The Land of Israel Conference, Tiberius, Israel. (2009) Boxed by the orthodox: The function of Lamentations 3:22-39 in the message of the book. Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, New Orleans, La.

Brockman, C. (2009) Does size really matter? Small programs and the shift to convergence. Small Programs Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, Mass. (2009) Convergence on a dime: Student media migration to the web. National College Media Convention, Austin, Texas.

Honors Brockman, C.

Nolan, A.

(2009) Associated Collegiate Press National Online Pacemaker Award, The Circuit, adviser.

(2010) Recipient, John O. Chellevold Award Student Award for Teaching Excellence and Professional Service.

(2009) Iowa College Media Association, Outstanding Online Edition, The Circuit, adviser.

Ohrt, P.

(2009) Iowa College Media Association, the Trumpet, 13 awards including Best Inside Page Design, adviser.

Pruisner, P.

Ewest, T. (2009) Best paper in Conference, International Applied Business Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas. (2010) Best paper in Conference, International Applied Business Research Conference, Orlando, Fla.

Fiene, K. (2010) Academic Adviser of the year. Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Folkers, K. (2010) Passed the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educator’s Certified Global Business professional exam.

McDermott, M. (2009) Finalist, National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Dissertation Award.

(2009) You’re on the air, but who are you? Finalist, Ken Nordin Research Award.

(2009) International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) President’s Service Award. (2009) Braden-Beauchamp Visual Literacy Award for the Selected Readings article entitled, The consideration of graphic text cues in the selection of reading strategies.

Stein, J. (2009) The Jack Shelley Lifetime Achievement Award, Iowa Broadcast News Association. (2010) Recipient of two ADDY awards from the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City American Advertising Federation related to the book One Week in June: The Iowa Floods of 2008.

Withers, W. (2009) Co-adviser, inaugural Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Faculty scholarship reviewer/evaluator, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.

(2009) Student media convergence: Speaking the language of millennia students. The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning Fall Conference, Minneapolis, Minn.


Professional Presentations Brockman, C.

Faux, T.

(2010) Converged, online student media: Balancing content and infrastructure. Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, Nev.

(2010) The Case for Respite Care. Iowa National Association of Social Workers, Des Moines, Iowa.

Butts, J.

(2010) How to do it with others. Upper Midwest Associate for College Sustainability, River Falls, Wis.

(2010) Good deeds never perish: The federal writers’ project and Jewish transformation in New York. The 24th Annual Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.

Campbell, G. (2010) Interdisciplinary collaboration to develop new programs. Midwest Business Administration Association Conference, Chicago, Ill.

Cohenour, G. (2010) Refashioning of women in 18th century satire. Northern Plains British Literature Conference, Bismarck, N.D.

Ewest, T. (2009) Evaluation of students’ service trip experience at Wartburg College; 14 years of student evaluations assessed. DePaul’s National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning, Chicago, Ill. (2010) Knowledge management and organizational effectiveness; considering applications for leadership. International Applied Business Research Conference, Orlando, Fla. (2009) Two effective educational concepts for business management education. International Teaching and Learning Conference, Orlando, Fla. (2010) Successful human resource management: Three conversations of contrasting HR strategy. Wilmington College. 21st Century Management Conference, Wilmington, Ohio.


(2010) Education Campaigns on Campus. Upper Midwest Associate for College Sustainability, River Falls, Wis.

Fiene, K., Bremer, E., Soesbe, W., Waldstein, F. (2009) Community builders: An intergenerational service-learning partnership between middle school students, college students, and adult community volunteers. 2nd International Conference on Service-Learning in Teacher Education, Galway, Ireland.

Figura, C. (2009) Modeling a water balloon slingshot in the introductory physics laboratory. American Association of Physics Teachers summer meeting, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Figura, C. C., Morgan, L. K., and Urquhart, J. S. (2010) Observations of turbulence in triggered star forming regions. In American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts, volume 216 of American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts, pages 414.23-+.

Folkers, K. (2009) Managing client-based projects. Marketing Management Association Fall Educators’ Conference, St. Louis, Mo. (2010) Green marketing: Do colleges practice what they preach? Marketing Management Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill.

Foster, J., Barnes, Z., Flatness, T., and Patterson H. Investigation of histological effects of 17-α ethinylestradiol in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). 2009 Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, Des Moines, Iowa.

Hackemann-Bahlmann, R. (2009) Visionary sightseeing binoculars. Iowa Arts Council Public Arts Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

Hagan, D. (2010) Diderot and the paradox of human sociability. South Central Society for EighteenthCentury Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah (2009) Language as intellectual boundary: Condillac’s linguistic turn. Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Fargo, N.D. (2009) Threading the needle: Problems in reading Diderot’s La lettre sur les aveugles. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, Va.

Jones, B. (2009) Gird up your loins like a Gibor: Reconstructing Job’s hunter-warrior God. Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, La.

Kleinhans, K. (2009) Alumni panelist. Building on the one foundation: Seminex at 35, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Ill. (2009) Keynote speaker, East Central Synod of Wisconsin Fall Theological Conference, Egg Harbor, Wis. (2010) Keynote speaker, ELCA Lifelong Learning Partners Gathering, Carefree, Ariz.

Lambert III, L.

Montgomery, Z.

Peters, A.L.

(2009) Spirituality in the business curriculum. American Academy of Religion, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

(2009) Cartas apologéticas that cracked the Espelho Crítico: Gertrudes Margarida de Jesus and enlightenment proto-feminism in Portugal. Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Mo.

(2010) Partners in spirit: Churches and colleges working together to support older adults. American Society on Aging Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill.

Muntefering, S.

(2009) I believe there are angels among us: How stability and change are produced by integrating faith and ethical beliefs in the communication classroom. National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill.

Lindell, T. (2009) Extermination of the wretches should follow: Iowa newspaper coverage of the Dakota War of 1862. 44th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, St. Cloud, Minn. (2010) Bomb ’em with Junk: The 1942 scrap metal campaign in Bremer County, Iowa. 53rd Annual Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Neb.

Sarquis, A.; Hogue, L.; Hand, B.; and McDermott, M. (2010) Improving student communication of science ideas through increased use of multimodal representations: An international study. World Congress on Communication and Arts, Guimaraes, Portugal.

McDermott, M. and Hand, B. (2010) Exploring the impact of embedding multiple modes of representing science information in varied classroom settings. Annual Conference of National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Philadelphia, Pa.

McDermott, M. and Hand, B. (2010) The effect of embedding multiple modes of representation in writing assignments and implications for teacher education. International Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Sacramento, Calif.

Meyeraan, S., and Babcock Mashek, K. (2010). Peer assessment of student webpage development: A real world simulation. The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning Conference on Assessment for the Changing Learning Environment, Bloomington, Minn.

(2010) The musical life and career of Frank A. Fitzgerald: Cornet soloist, teacher, and band leader. Historic Brass Society Annual Early Brass Festival, Northfield Minn.

Nolan, A. (2009) Adapting the hero’s journey to teaching of the graphic novel. Association of Lutheran Colleges Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Nota, F.

Pier, P.

(2009) Framing and feminism: Michelle Obama and the role of first lady. National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill.

(2009) Impact of remittances on development. International Conference on Diaspora and Development, World Bank, Washington, D.C.

(2010) Sarah Palin’s divide and conquer strategy: Unifying the chosen few. Rhetorical Society of America, Minneapolis, Minn.

(2009) Application of an interregional social accounting matrix: A case of economic growth for the state of Nevada. 56th North American Regional Science Conference, San Francisco, Calif.

(2010) How quality collaboration changes everything: Exploring partnerships between librarians and faculty to embed information literacy in an introductory oral communication course. Iowa Library Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

(2009) Determining optimal contributions toward public goods: A fiscal federalism challenge. 46th Annual Missouri Valley Economic Association Meeting, Kansas City, Mo. (2009) Dealing with the highest inflation in Africa: The case of stagflation in Zimbabwe. 75th Midwest Economic Association Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio. (2010) The role of religion in economic development. Midwest Economic Association, Evanston, Ill.

Ohrt, P. (2009) You’re on the air, but who are you? College Media Advisers Fall Convention, Austin, Texas.

Pier, P. and Weaver, K.

Pruisner, P. (2009) The consideration of graphic text cues in the selection of reading strategies. International Visual Literacy Association 41st Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill.

Stein, J. (2009) Making waves: The people and places of Iowa broadcasting. Irving B. Weber History Series Lecture, Iowa City, Iowa. (2009) Connecting with the audience: A time-honored tradition with implications for today. Great Plains Radio Symposium, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.


Professional Presentations (2009) Preserving sound and pictures: Maintaining a broadcasting archives. Consortium of Iowa Archivists annual meeting, Waverly, Iowa.

Strickert, F. (2009) The founding of Bethsaida in 30 CE: Coins, Josephus, and other evidence. University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies’ 25th Anniversary Conference on the Land of Israel, Ginnosar, Israel. (2009) Why Bethsaida? The choice of Philip the Tetrarch of a small fishing village named Bethsaida for elevation to a city named Julias. Batchelder Archaeology Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Neb.

(2009) The New Testament and controversial new discoveries. Fall Seminary Module Series, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.

Survilla, P. (2009) Higher education and civil society in Belarus: Considering scopes and perspectives. Higher Education and Civil Society in Belarus, Center for Belarusian Studies, Winfield, Kan. (2009) YouTube, fandom, and Belarusian music in virtual space. American Association for the Advancement Of Slavic Studies, Boston, Mass. (2009) How the web ups the volume: Virtual space and Belarusian music. Canadian Association of Slavists, Learned Societies Conference, Ottawa, Canada. (2009) Radio, YouTube, and music websites: Cultural constructions and intimate responses in Belarusan contemporary virtual space. Harriman Institute, Columbia University Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, New York, N.Y.


Thomas, D.

Weaver, K. and Babcock Mashek, K.

(2009) What were they thinking? An investigation of voter intentions and interpretations of the Obama victory in 2008. 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, St. Louis, Mo.

(2009) Back to the future: How rethinking the desk can revive reference service in the new millennium. Iowa Library Association/ Association of College and Research Libraries Annual Conference, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa.

(2009) The ‘subjective bureaucracy’ of self: An exploration of ego-states in a single case. 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, St. Louis, Mo.

Weaver, K. and Babcock Mashek, K.

Waldstein, F., Fiene, K., Bremer, E., Soesbe, W. (2009) Community Builders: An Intergenerational Service-Learning Partnership Between Middle School Students, College Students, and Adult Community Volunteers. 2nd International Conference on Service-Learning in Teacher Education, Galway, Ireland.

Waldstein, F., and Kittle, D. (2010) Civic Engagement and Leadership Education: A Collaborative Approach to Student Learning. Annual Conference of the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, Ill.

Walther, D. (2010) Sex and control: Venereal disease and the medical profession in Germany’s colonies, 1884-1914. Helpless imperialists. Imperial failure, radicalization and violence between high imperialism and decolonization. Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study Conference, Freiburg, Germany. Venereal disease, prostitution, and bourgeois respectability in Germany’s overseas possessions, 1894-1914. Australasian Association of European Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

(2009) Creating usability tests that work for your website and other web applications. Brick and Click Academic Library Symposium, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo.

Weaver, K. (2009) Information literacy for millennial students: Integrating librarians into classroom experiences. The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning Semi-Annual Conference Bridging the Generational Divide: Working Together to Teach Millennial Students, Minneapolis, Minn. (2009) Good to great: utilizing concepts from the bestseller to teach information literacy skills to senior undergraduate business students. Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Weaver, K. and Pier, P. (2010) How quality collaboration changes everything: Exploring partnerships between librarians and faculty to embed information literacy in an introductory oral communication course. Iowa Library Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

Withers, W. (2010) Innovation in department-level recruiting and retention efforts. Presenter/Panelist. Academic Chairpersons Conference, Orlando, Fla.

Professional Service Andrews, J.

Brockman, C.

Fiene, K.

(2009) Reviewer, Wadsworth Publishing.

(2009) Instructor, University of Iowa High School Summer Journalism Camps.

(2009) Board of directors and member of Core Committee, Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, St. Paul, Minn.

(2009) Evaluator, Lake Forest College Music Department, Lake Forest, Ill. (2009) Clinician, Abu Dhabi Jazz Choir, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (2009) Clinician, Sweet Adeline’s Choir and American Community School Choirs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (2009) Clinician, Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Festival, Waterloo, Iowa, and Muscatine, Iowa. (2009) Clinician/director, Wartburg Honor Jazz Choir, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Faculty sponsor, Student National Association for Music Education Chapter “I (Heart) Music Day,” Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Guest lecturer, University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications. (2010) Consultation with Simpson College communications department regarding online student media. (2010) Online student media presentation, Iowa College Media Association conference, Des Moines, Iowa. (2010) Online student media presentation, Associated Collegiate Press conference, Minneapolis, Minn. (2010) Student newspaper critiques, Associated Collegiate Press conference, Minneapolis, Minn.

Cohenour, G.

(2009) Board of directors and president-elect, the Iowa Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Folkers, K. Board member, Marketing Management Association Board. (2009) Director, First National Bank of Waverly board of directors, Waverly, Iowa. (2010) Reviewer, American Marketing Association Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference, Chicago, Ill. (2010) Discussant, Marketing Management Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill.

Foster, J.

(2009) College representative, Iowa Music Educator’s Association Journal.

(2009) Reader, Advanced Placement English Literature essays. Educational Testing Services, Louisville, Ky.

Babcock Mashek, K.

Ewest, T.

(2009) Board member at large, Iowa Division of the Association for College and Research Libraries.

(2009) District Extension board of directors, Iowa State University Extension Bremer County Site. Tripoli, Iowa.

(2009) Reviewer, Proceedings of the 21st North American Prairie Conference, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Birgen, M.

(2010) Curriculum and program development consultant, Bakke Graduate University, Social Entrepreneurship program, Seattle, Wash.

(2009) Consulting scientist, Bioblitz, Allamakee County, Iowa.

(2010) Evaluator, Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics. (2009) Reviewer, Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest.

Boerigter, T.

Fedeler, B. (2010) Juror, Annual Student Art Exhibition, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa.

(2009) Session chair, Ecology and Conservation Section, Iowa Academy of Science Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

Henninger, A. (2009) Reviewed chapters 8-18 of Human Form, Human Function, a new human anatomy and physiology textbook being published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. (by invitation)

(2009) Board of advisers annual meeting. Center for cross-cultural studies, Amherst, Mass.


Professional Service (2009) Reviewed chapters 11-12 for a revised edition of Thibodeau and Patton’s Structure and Function of the Body textbook. (by invitation)

Jones, B. (2009) Projects coordinator, Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. (2009) Member, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa Commission on Mission.

Kleigl, J. (2010) Board member, Visiting Nursing Association of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. (2010) Board of directors, TheraCare, New York, N.Y. (2009) Planning committee member, the Collaboration for Teaching and Learning Conference. (2009) Reviewer for Academy of Management annual conference. (2009) Led paper sessions on organizational change and leadership for the Academy of Management meeting.

Kleinhans, K. (2009) Program committee, Vocation and Education unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (2009) Task force, Stewards of Abundance, a 3-year Lilly funded project to study and shape the economy of theological education in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Lehman, K. (2009) Member, Iowa Library Association/ Association of College and Reserach Libraries. Awards Committee.


Menzel, F. (2010) Consultant-evaluator, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (2010) Reviewer, R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Program. Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities/Iowa College Foundation. (2010) Reviewer, CIC-WalMart Awards, Council of Independent Colleges.

Meyeraan, S. (2010) Board of directors, Visiting Nurses Association of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties.

Nelson, L. (2009) Clinics with Waverly High School, Valley High School (West Des Moines), Washington High School (Cedar Rapids), Mason City High School, Tipton High School, Sumner-Fredricksburg High School, Crestwood MS Choir (Cresco), Louisa Muscatine High School. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Super Conference Honor Choir, Winfield, Iowa. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Classic Suburban All Conference Honor Choir, St. Paul, Minn. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, North Iowa Cedar League conference vocal festival, Applington, Iowa. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, WAMAC conference festival choir, Des Moines, Iowa. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Iowa Choral Director’s Association North Central District Honor Choir, Mason City, Iowa.

(2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Upper Iowa Conference Vocal Festival, Elgin, Iowa. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Pre All-State Workshop, Prairie High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Raccoon River Conference Honor Festival, Des Moines, Iowa. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Real Men Sing Honor Choir Festival, Staples, Minn. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Northwest Suburban All Conference Honor Choir, Coon Rapids, Minn. (2009) Guest conductor/clinician, Two Rivers All Conference Honor Choir, Madelia, Minn.

Nota, F. (2009) Board member, Northern Nevada Hopes. (2009) Board member, AIDS Care Group.

Ohrt, P. (2009) Executive director, Iowa College Media Association.

Peters, A.L. (2009) Advisory board, Covenant Clinic Psychiatry. (2009) Advisory board, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging. (2009) Consultant, Concordia College-Selma, Alabama. (2009) Training consultant, United Methodist Children’s Home (Alabama).

(2009) Consultant, ELCA Northeastern Iowa Synod Ministry on Aging Workgroup.


Payne, T. (2009) Vice president, American Association of University Professors, Wartburg Chapter.

Pier, P. (2009) Vice president, Mid-American Forensics League.

Faux, T. (2009) Taking a break: Creating foster, adoptive and kinship respite in your community mini-grant. Funded by AdoptUsKids, a service of the Children’s Bureau, in partnership with the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Faux, T.

(2009) Publications board, American Forensics Association.

(2009) Partnership with Allison Area Foster Parent Association to develop and implement a regional pilot project for a Respite Foster Care program. The project received approval in 2009 from the Iowa Department of Human Services and a $5,000 grant from the Kids Net program.

Pruisner, P.

Fedeler, B.

(2009) Awards committee chair, International Visual Literacy Association. (2009) Program committee and International advisory board/reviewers, International Visual Literacy Association.

Schafer, C. (2009) Member, Cedar Valley Library Consortium Board.

Stein, J. (2009) Moderator, University of Iowa “You Be the Judge” journalism ethics panel. (2009) Board member, State Historical Society of Iowa. (2009) Draft reviewer, The lost world of Marshal J: History, memory, and Iowa’s forgotten broadcast legend, Annals of Iowa Spring 2009 edition, State Historical Society of Iowa. (2009) Presentation on legal issues in reporting, Iowa Broadcast News Association annual convention, Ames, Iowa. (2010) Reviewer, Humanities Iowa major grant, “Waterloo: A History of Place.”

John Henry Groth Memorial Fund Award for faculty travel.

Foster, J. A transdisciplinary exploration of the complex relationship between technology, the natural world, and human identity. Metanexus Institute.

McDermott, M. (2010) Title II State of Iowa Math Science Partnership Grant—Improving Students Critical Thinking and Representational Abilities Using an Argument-Based Inquiry Approach. Co PI with Brian Hand, University of Iowa.

Stein, J. (2010) Quarton-McElroy Trust/Iowa Broadcasters Association, to fund the annual Wartburg/ IBA Summer Broadcasting Workshops for high school students and teachers.

Walther, D. (2009) German Academic Exchange Service federal election observer. (2009) Fulbright German Studies seminar scholar.

(2010) Executive director, Iowa Broadcast News Association. (2010) Judge, Alaska Press Club radio news competition.

Strickert, F.

(2009) ELCA Global Mission advisory representative, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly, Minneapolis, Minn. (2009) Board member, Bethsaida Excavations Project.

(2009) Chair, Global Mission Program Committee, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Survilla, P. (2009) Executive director, Center For Belarusian Studies, Southwestern College, Kan. (2009) Organizer and participant, Symposium on Civil Society and Higher Education in Belarus. Center for Belarusian Studies, Southwestern College, Kan. (2009) President, North American Association for the Advancement of Belarusan Studies. (2009) Treasurer, American Association University Professors (AAUP), Wartburg College Chapter. (2009) Election committee co-chair, International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

(2009) Government Documents Roundtable vice chair/chair elect, Iowa Library Association. (2009) Iowa Chapter secretary, Special Libraries Association. (2009) New Members Roundtable Liaison to the Iowa Library Association, American Library Association (ALA). (2009) New Members Roundtable Handbook Committee Member, American Library Association (ALA).

(2009) Member, Iowa Science Foundation Grants Review Committee.

(2009) Critic, Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Festival.

Waldstein, F.

(2009) Federal election observer trip, German Academic Exchange Service, Germany. (2009) Germany’s future: New parties—new solutions. Fulbright German Studies Seminar, Germany.

Weaver, K. 12

(2009) ELCA Convocation of Teaching Theologians, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

Lambert III, L.

(2009) Member, Iowa Energy Center Advisory Board.

(2009) Project manager, Freedom Without Walls Student Projects Week, Waverly, Iowa.

Kleinhans, K.

(2009) Board of directors, Iowa Public Television.

(2009) Reviewer, Scientific American: Biology for a Changing World, a new non-majors biology text, chapters 7 and 8.

Walther, D.

(2009) Business as Ministry: Exploring the Issues, Trends and Challenges, Symposia/seminar. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Withers, W.

Toering Peters, S.

(2010) Member, conference planning committee, IUGO Leadership Conference, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visiting Research Collaborator, Faith and Work Initiative. Princeton University, Princeton, Pa.

(2009) Teacher-Scholar Symposium, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

(2009) Consultant and board member, Leadership Iowa University.

(2009) Iowa Campus Compact Program Advisory Council.

Ewest, T.

Professional Development by Invitation Bane, C. (2009) Teacher-Scholar Symposium, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

Birgen, M. (2009) Served as faculty for the Science Education for Civic Engagement and Responsibility 2009 Summer Institute, Chicago, Ill. (2009) Summer participaant, University of Iowa VIGRE REU Program.

(2009) Teacher-Scholar Symposium, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

Lehmann, K. (2009) Association of College and Research Libraries Roundtable Discussion, National Conference in Seattle, Wash.

Lindell, T. (2009) Teacher-Scholar Symposium, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

Schafer, C. (2009) Association of College and Research Libraries Assessment Immersion Program.

Westen, E. (2009) Teacher-Scholar Symposium, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

Community Presentations Babcock Mashek, K. (2009) Web 2.0: What are the new, cool web tools? Greene Public Library, Greene, Iowa.

Bock, B.

Fiene, K.

(2009) Immigrants and their religious traditions. Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, Aurora, Colo.

(2010) The college professorate. Bosco School Systems, Gilbertville, Iowa.

(2009) Presentations as follow-up to Christian/ Muslim Dialogue participation to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, Our Savior’s, Messiah, and Augustana Lutheran Churches.

(2010) Facilitator, Physics and Chemistry Demonstration Show, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Bousquet, B. (2010) Facilitator, Physics and Chemistry Demonstration Show, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Bouzard, W. (2010) How long, O Lord? Psalms of lament in a culture of praise. Ankeny Forum, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Ankeny, Iowa.

Figura, C.

(2009) Extra-solar planet searches. Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Probing star formation with ammonia inversion transitions: Why molecules aren’t just for chemists. Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Seminar Series, Waverly, Iowa.

May Term Travel Courses Wartburg’s 4-4-1 academic calendar includes two four-month terms and a one-month May Term. Students concentrate on one course during May Term, which provides unique opportunities for travel, field experiences, internships, or in-depth study. May Term courses include study of the ecology in Guyana and Trinidad, a course on archeology and the Bible in Turkey, a literary tour of England, a painting course in Italy, and a human relations course that takes students into New York inner-city schools. Faculty who led May Term Travel Courses in 2009-2010 are:

Foster, J. (2009) Why save weeds? Riceville Public Library, Riceville, Iowa.

Bock, N.

Nash, P.

Denver, Colo.

South Africa

Foster, J., Hitchcock, N., and Whatley, B.

Boerigter, T

Peters, L.

(2009) Herbivory among native plants in remnant and restored sites. Wartburg Philosophical Literacy Society, Waverly, Iowa.



Book, K.

Ventullo, R.

Denver, Colo.


Henninger, A.

Boss, J.

Waldstein, F. Nicaragua

DeVries, C.

(2009) When cancer touches your life. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa.


Cohenour, G.

Westen, E.

(2010) Facilitator, Physics and Chemistry Demonstration Show, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.



(2009) When cancer touches your life. Waverly Kiwanis, Waverly, Iowa.

Faux, T.

Jones, B.

Fiene, K.

(2010) Energy use education. New Hartford Women’s Club, New Hartford, Iowa.

(2009) The origins of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Waterloo First Methodist Church, Waterloo, Iowa.

New York, N.Y.

Hagan, D.

(2010) Local foods. Waverly Garden Club, Waverly, Iowa.

Kleinhans, K.

Hancock, C.

(2010) Lamentations and Second Isaiah. Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Lay School of Ministry, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Cohenour, G. (2010) Coffeehouse culture of the 18th century. Wartburg Philosophical Literacy Society, Waverly, Iowa.

(2010) Response to food, Inc. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

(2010) Who is my neighbor, and why should I care? Schaaf Memorial Lecture, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Belleville, Ill.

Fedeler, B Italy


England, Germany, Austria, and Iceland

Losch, Y. Germany


Lindell, T.

Payne, T.

(2009) The Waverly Air Force station. Bremer County Historical Society Annual Meeting, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Photography in the digital age. New Hartford Women’s Club, New Hartford, Iowa.

(2009) The Waverly Air Force station. Cedar Valley Historical Society.

(2009) College preparatory English 12. New Hampton High School, New Hampton, Iowa.

(2009) The Waverly Air Force station. Town and County Club, Frederika, Iowa. (2009) Harlington Cemetery walking tour. Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Wartburg returns to Waverly. Historical display for 75th Anniversary of the decision to return Wartburg College to Waverly.

Lindgren, E. (2009) Church-state relations in the Middle Ages. Faith Exploration Talk, First United Methodist Church, Waterloo, Iowa. (2010) Iconography of medieval religious art. Continuing Education Series, Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Nolan, A. (2009) Excerpts from memoir-in-progress. Wartburg Philosophical Literacy Society, Waverly, Iowa.

Nota, F. (2009) Global economic development and religion. Wartburg Philosophical Literacy Society, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Linking Black History Month to African issues. Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa.

Nota, F. (2009) Mooching and leeching in the community of nations. Academic and Cultural Events Series, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.


Pruisner, P.

Stein, J. (2009) WHO radio: The legend turns 85. Online audio compilation.

Strickert, F. (2009) Wartburg’s 22-year history of involvement in the Bethsaida archaeology project. Annual Slife Lecture, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Walther, D. (2010) The great war. Orchard Hill Elementary, Southdale Elementary, Hansen Elementary, North Cedar Elementary, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Withers, W. (2009) Inaugural presenter. Knowledge@Noon workshop. Waverly Jaycees, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) The five smooth stones. Waverly-Shell Rock Scholastic Awards Banquet, Waverly, Iowa.

Community Service Babcock Mashek, K. (2009) Vice president of membership, American Association of University Women, Waverly Branch.

Bock, B. (2009) Co-chair, Dialogue and Action Group of Capitol Hill United Ministries and Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Denver, Colo. (2009) Alternate, precinct caucus to Democrat State Convention, Denver, Colo. (2009) Co-chair, Our Savior’s Community Organizing Committee, Denver, Colo. (2009) Panelist, White House Project presentation of Today’s Issues for Working Women.

Boerigter, T. (2009) St. Paul’s Lutheran Church mission board in community outreach and community kitchen work.

(2009) Customer service workshops. Des Moines Area Community College, BankIowa and Communications Engineering Company, Iowa.

Bouzard, W.

(2009) From good to great. Iowa State Treasurer’s Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

(2010) Vice president, Waverly Child Care and Preschool Board, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Leading through service to others. Cedar Valley Leadership Institute, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Zart, L. (2010) You’re a chemistry major! Now what? University of Wisconsin-River Falls Chemistry Department Family Day, River Falls, Wis.

(2009) President, Waverly Child Care and Preschool Board, Waverly, Iowa.

(2010) Member of the Church Council, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Waverly, Iowa. (2010) Volunteer Henway for the City of Waverly Public Services Department, Waverly, Iowa.

Brockman, C.

Foster, J.

(2009) Production supervisor, Waverly City Council cablecasts.

Co-chair, Adult Religious Education, Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County Iowa.

Buckholz, K.

Hackemann-Bahlmann, R.

(2009) Chair, Education/Curriculum working group of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative.

(2009) Member, Waverly Public Art Committee, Waverly, Iowa.

Faux, T. (2009) Partnership with Allison Area Foster Parent Association to develop and implement a regional pilot project for a Respite Foster Care program. The project received approval in 2009 from the Iowa Department of Human Services and a $5,000 grant from the Kids Net program.

(2009) Member, Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee, State Historical Society of Iowa. (2009) Member, Mills-Noun Award Committee, State Historical Society of Iowa.

Lindgren, E.

(2009) Member, Environmental and Energy Study Committee, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Member, Waverly Historic Preservation Commission.

Henninger, A.

(2009) Hosted 5th grade students from Waverly (Irving) Schools for lesson on Cow Eye Dissection.

(2009) Leader and facilitator, Bremer County Breast Cancer Education and Support Group.

McDermott, M.

(2010) Sustainability in gardening. Siouxland Garden Show, Sioux City, Neb.

(2009) Team captain, American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Bremer County.

(2009) Hosted 6th grade students from Waverly (Irving and St. Paul’s) for Acid/Base Activity.

Fiene, K. (2009) Board member and secretary, Waverly Exchange Club, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) College representative, American Association of University Women, Waverly Branch, Waverly, Iowa.

(2010) Presentations to junior high science teachers about science writing heuristic and multimodal writing tasks, Waterloo, Iowa.

(2009) Comprehensive School Improvement Committee, Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools, Waverly, Iowa.

Jones, B.

Menzel, F.

(2009) Co-senior warden, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) President, Wartburg Community Symphony board of directors.

Folkers, K.

Lambert III, L.

Montgomery, Z.

(2009) Market analysis task force member, Waverly Chamber/Main Street, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Vice chair, Waverly Planning and Zoning Commission.

(2010) Integrating Flip digital video cameras into courses. Workshop to Wartburg faculty.

(2009) Steering Committee, Friends of the Waverly Rail Trail, Waverly, Iowa.

Lehmann, K.

Muntefering, S.

(2009) Endowment Committee, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Chair, Bremer County Compensation Board, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Vice president of the Historic Preservation Commission.

(2009) Faculty Recital, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

(2009) Executive board member, Waverly Sister City Organization.

(2009) Inauguration of President Darrel Colson, Wartburg College, Waverly , Iowa.

(2009) Nominating Committee, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

(2009) Wartburg Community Symphony Concerts, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Lindell, T.

Payne, T.

(2009) Vice president, board of directors, Bremer County Historical Society.

(2009) Judge, Iowa Star Conference Art Show.


Community Service Payne, T. (2009) Photography exhibit, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Hired to photograph Waterloo Carver School for InVision Architecture.

Pfaltzgraff, B. (2009) Recital with Wayne State College Professor Philip Pfaltzgraff, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Shared faculty recital. Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) What’s eating you? Chapel presentation, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Freedom Without Walls. Music coordinator, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Assisted liturgy. St. Elizabeth’s Chapel service, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Shared faculty recital. Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) By-invitation performance. The Cedar Valley Hospice Foundation, Waterloo, Iowa. (2009) Facilitated master class with Jasmin Solfaghari. Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Section leader, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Community Holiday Chorus. Waterloo/ Cedar Falls Symphony Christmas Pops Concert, Cedar Falls, Iowa. (2009) Board member, Metropolitan Chorale, Waterloo, Iowa.


(2010) Featured soloist. Wind Ensemble Band Concert, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2010) Tenor soloist, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Kimball Avenue Christian Church, Waterloo, Iowa.

Withers, W. (2009) Advisory board member, Bremer County/ Waverly Fairground Ball Diamond Complex. (2009) Advisory committee member, Waverly-Shell Rock School District bond referendum.

(2010) Featured soloist. Bach Magnificat, Metropolitan Chorale/Wartburg College, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2010) Facilitated master class with Kathryn Calcamuggio. Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Schafer, C. (2009) Member, American Association of University Women, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. (2009) Member, Wartburg Women

Stein, J. (2009) An introduction to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting. Iowa Farm Broadcasting Museum and Education Center committee meeting, Conrad, Iowa. (2010) Chair, Mills-Noun Popular History Award Committee, selecting the best magazine article for a general audience about Iowa history, as published during 2009; State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. (2010) Produced material used for fundraising efforts by Iowa Public Television; appeared on Iowa Public Television’s “Festival” telecast to encourage donations by the public; Iowa Public Television, Johnston, Iowa.

International/ Domestic Travel Andrews, J. (2009) Curitiba, San Leopoldo, Joinville, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2009) Eisenach, Germany

Bock, B. (2009) Senegal, West Africa

Boerigter, T. (2009) San Bernardino, Calif.

Buckholz, K. (2009) Atlanta, Ga., Zolfo Springs, Fla.

Fedeler, B. (2010) Italy

Fiene, K. (2009) New York, N.Y. (2009) Galway, Ireland

Hagan, D. (2009) France

Hancock, C.

(2009) Guest, Impact of Iowa Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; KASI-AM, Ames, Iowa; KSFY-TV, Sioux Falls, Iowa; KWWL-TV, Waterloo, Iowa.

Kleinhans, K.

Paulus and librettist Michael Dennis Browne and produced by Dr. Dan Wildeson, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, St. Cloud State University.

(2010) Germany

Pier, P.

Montgomery, S.

(2010) The Value of a Billion. Associated Press article.

(2009) Guest, Morning Show, KMA-AM, Shenandoah, Iowa.

(2010) Jindal draws flak from GOP, Dems over speech. Associated Press article.

(2009) Guest and guest co-host, Van and Bonnie Show, WHO-AM, Des Moines, Iowa.

Stein, J.

(2009) Guest, The Matt McNeil Experience, KSTPAM, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minn.

(2010) England, Germany, Austria, and Iceland

(2010) Denver, Colo.

Payne, T. (2009) Pennsylvania (2009) North Carolina

Peters, A.L.

(2009) Guest, Jim Bohannon Show, Westwood One, Washington D.C. (2009) Guest, Central Iowa Today, KFJB-AM, Marshalltown, Iowa.

(2009) Guest commentator, 2010 race for governor, WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; KWWLTV, Waterloo, Iowa.

(2009-2010) Guest, WMT Morning Show, WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

(2010) Guest, Impact of the Tea Party Movement, KMA-AM, Shenandoah, Iowa.

(2009) South Africa

(2009-2010) Guest, Your Turn, KASI-AM, Ames, Iowa.

(2010) Guest, The Matt McNeil Show, KTNF-AM, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

Strickert, F.

(2009) Guest, News at Noon, KWWL-TV, Waterloo, Iowa.

(2009) Selma, Ala.

Pfaltzgraff, B. (2010) England, Germany, Austria, and Iceland

Schafer, C.

(2009) Finland, Sweden, and Israel (2010) Tanzania and Spain

Walther, D. (2009) Germany and Australia

Media Citation Folkers, K. (2009) Black Friday consumer behavior. Interview, KWWL TV.

Nelson, L. (in press) Featured in documentary work based around the Holocaust Oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn by composer Stephen

(2009) Guest, Iowa This Week, KXEL-AM, Waterloo, Iowa. (2009) Guest, The Jan Mickelson Show, WHO-AM, Des Moines, Iowa. (2009) Guest, Your Town, KDEC-AM/FM, Decorah, Iowa. (2009) Guest columnist, Obama’s first 100 days in review. The Des Moines Sunday Register, May 3, 2009.

(2010) Subject of book review, Iowa Alumni Magazine; University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. (2010) Subject of article, Iowa journalist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. (2010) Source, online and radio story about the use of rhetoric and language in the current race for governor; O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, Learfield Communications, Des Moines, Iowa.

Strickert, F. (2010) Interview. Easter in Damascus: Syrian Christians unite for Easter. The Global Post.

(2009) Guest commentator, Obama’s first 100 days in review, WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; KWWL-TV, Waterloo, Iowa; KASI-AM, Ames, Iowa.


Vocation and the Unity of Truth: A Disputation on Liberal Learning Dr. Lake Lambert A paper presented at the 3rd Annual Convocation of Endowed Chairs and Distinguished Chairs and Professors When Philip Melanchthon was just 21 years old, he was called to the newly established chair in Greek at the university in Wittenberg, Germany (Melanchthon, Orations, xiv). It was there that he joined Martin Luther as a member of the faculty and where he began a partnership with Luther that would be a foundation for the Protestant Reformation. Already in 1518 when Melanchthon arrived in Wittenberg, Luther was well known for his “Ninety-Five Theses” (1517), and Melanchthon would soon distinguish himself as a theologian as well, writing several of the Lutheran confessional documents. When Melanchthon arrived in Wittenberg, few would have seen him as a theologian. Rather, he was a representative of the “new learning” that had been gaining attention and adherents since the early days of the Renaissance. Another term for this “new learning” was “humanism,” and it sought to recover from before the Dark Ages all the great learning from Greece, Rome, and the ancient world. The study of ancient languages allowed Aristotle, Plato, Homer, Virgil, Cicero—not to mention the Bible’s Old and New Testament—to be directly studied without the filter of bad translations and interpretations (Frame, 136). It was to this “new learning” that Melanchthon appealed when he gave his opening faculty address. He was a confidant young man of 21, titling his speech “On Correcting the Studies of Youth.” Before Luther, other faculty and his new students, he commended the “new learning” in no uncertain terms. He stated: “Now in taking up this matter I might rightly be called bold … For I burn with a love of what is right, and since I want to help you earnestly in your studies, gentlemen, it may be that I will say some things more freely than some would like” (Melanchthon, Reader, 48). What he had to say was that the Dark Ages and the corruption of learning were directly


related to the Dark Ages and corruption of both church and society. Even more, for there to be a reformation of faith and civic life in Germany, there would, by necessity, need to be a reformation of learning (Melanchthon, Reader, 50; Frame 136). What was needed so desperately, said Melanchthon, was a return to what we would call the liberal arts. As Wartburg reflects on its mission and on the Year of the Liberal Arts, I contend today that we would be well served by a consideration of Melanchthon and the reformation of faith, learning and civil society that emerged from the small university at Wittenberg. Melanchthon is rightly known still today as the “preceptor” or great teacher of Germany for his reform of education that extended far beyond little Wittenberg. In our own deliberations as a college, I hope to follow Melanchthon’s boldness (even though my years far exceed 21) and offer an argument that seeks to interpret who we are as a college and what we should do as a result.

Vocation Every student in this audience has likely read a short speech by Bart Giamatti, former President of Yale University and later Commissioner of Major League Baseball before his untimely death. Giamatti’s “The Earthly Uses of a Liberal Education” is required reading in IS 101,

the college’s first-year seminar and, as the students here know, Giamatti mounts a passionate argument for the joy and beauty of learning for its own sake rather than for a job or mere financial gain. As Giamatti notes in his address, he was borrowing ideas from the second half of the 19th century when John Henry Newman offered his defense of the liberal arts tradition in The Idea of a University. Newman challenged the view that education’s proper end was practicality and usefulness, and he feared an education providing only commercially useful expertise—a concern that even Martin Luther shared (Newman, 82). And so, the easily digested summary of Giamatti and Newman is that liberal learning is the opposite of professional education. As Giamatti states it, liberal learning is learning for its own sake. It has no sequel and no professional goal (Giamatti, 5). The result of this definition of liberal learning, applied to Wartburg as a liberal arts college, is that we are at war with ourselves. Wartburg has some academic programs that are clearly programs of professional study like education, business, engineering, and music therapy; we have other programs in the so-called liberal arts disciplines of history, English, chemistry, and mathematics where subjects can be studied for their own sake, for their intrinsic rewards, and for their own beauty and elegance. And internally and for external groups, we count. We count the number of faculty in these disciplines; we count the number of students enrolled in these disciplines; and we count the number of graduates in these disciplines. By that counting, we ourselves and others make claims about our identity and whether we are a “true” liberal arts college or not. Yet we should be clear that our choices are not so limited. Our choice is not starkly between a liberal arts education of beauty and knowledge for its own sake

versus a careerist education for a paycheck. In his groundbreaking history, Bruce Kimball describes two traditions of liberal education as indicated by the title of his book—Orators and Philosophers. Giamatti represents the tradition of the philosophers with roots in Athens and guided by the Enlightenment that focuses on learning for its own sake, but also critical thinking, logic and the scientific method. The philosophical tradition defines the liberal arts as the “freeing arts” suitable for a free people and the free pursuit of knowledge with rationality, skepticism, tolerance and egalitarianism among its crucial values. Kimball names it the “liberal-free ideal” (Kimball, 119-22). In contrast, the tradition of the orators with its roots in Rome focuses on learning for the good and service of society. The orators understand the liberal arts as that set of knowledge, skills and values necessary for leadership and service in the world; contemporary writers in that tradition have gone so far as to rename them the “civic arts” in order to communicate their central role in public life (Curtis, 277). Kimball carefully documents how the Protestant reformers as well as most humanists, including Luther and Melanchthon, are best understood within the oratorical tradition of education in the civic arts. For Kimball, this is primarily because of the reformer’s rejection of old medieval forms of education—the same form of education that Melanchthon proclaimed was leading to the corruption of youth, the church and society. What Kimball neglects, however, is the close connection made by the reformers between their humanistic recovery of the liberal arts and their new theology of vocation. No longer would a calling be limited to priests, bishops, monks, and nuns because the reformers upset the sharp division between the spiritual and the material, arguing instead that God endowed all socially useful offices and roles with vocational meaning (Heiges, 46-47). The reformers were not affirming the liberal arts tradition merely because of their disgust with medieval schooling. No, they understood the liberal arts to be the type of education necessary for God’s people to best live out their callings—whatever they might be. They were orators rather than philosophers because they valued learning and intellectual

discovery less for their own sake and more for the good such learning would do in a broken and sinful world that God still loves. I contend that Wartburg’s history as a Lutheran college and our stated mission place us clearly in this civic arts tradition of the orators with a distinctive focus on vocation. But as Kimball notes, this is not an all or nothing choice. We should legitimately draw upon the philosophical tradition and engage our student in these forms of inquiry as long as we do not drink so deeply that our skepticism and tolerance become a moral relativism that prevents us from attending to the moral formation of students for civic purposes and callings. Likewise, as a college we should honor and teach a variety of professional disciplines as long as we seek what social theorist William Sullivan calls “civic professionalism” rather than forms of careerist professionalism that seek only to make a buck and satisfy one’s selfish needs with no sense of calling whatsoever (Sullivan 98). Our repeated desire to distinguish and count between the so-called liberal arts and professional programs misses the point—as does the cliché of being well-rounded. Our shared calling is to be a college of the civic arts.

Unity of Truth The greatest challenge to the vision that I describe is that, well, it requires a vision. A significant barrier I see to such a vision may best be symbolized by our shared language, perhaps making it, de facto, our shared vision. Here at Wartburg and elsewhere in higher education we define much of the curriculum with terms like major, minor, and department. We seldom consider the history of their use or the metaphorical meanings they convey. The terminology of major and minor is relatively young in higher education, supposedly first used in 1877 at Johns Hopkins University (Glenn and Fischer, 1). More importantly, major and minor use adjectives of comparison and quantity to name the curriculum. While we may have higher hopes, the only thing we know for certain when a student tell us his major is that more of her courses are from one department compared to others. Likewise the word “department” communicates separation and distinction as opposed to interconnection and mutual dependency.

For a shared vision to be possible, I am convinced that the word we need to re-name the curriculum is “discipline.” As a term, it has not been lost in our shared language, but it has too often become synonymous with department and major. It is the right word because it is both old and new. It is old because, when it was adopted for use in higher education, it borrowed directly from the monastic traditions. Each group of monks and nuns—whether Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians, or Benedictines—had their own rule. That rule guided their lives together and became their discipline. Western history is filled with great stories of quarrels and debates between the various groups of monks and nuns, but all of them had the belief that their discipline would bring them closer to the one true God. It was fine to think that your discipline or your path was better than others on some topics, but there was never any question that all the paths were supposed to lead in the same direction. It is a wonderful Lutheran paradox that monasticism—the same monasticism rejected for a broad vocation by the Protestant reformers—may provide insights into how a Lutheran college might sustain an educational enterprise grounded in vocation. When higher education adopted the language of disciplines, they borrowed from the monastic tradition because they understood the emerging variety of academic methods and subjects, not as ends unto themselves, but as disciplines to follow in the pursuit of truth, shared truth—Truth with a capital T. Like the monastics, a discipline is a means of formation. The task is not to know a bunch of history but to be or become an historian; the task is not to know a bunch of engineering but to be or become an engineer. This is how the approach is new as well since the explosion of knowledge today is forcing us to rethink higher education so that it is not a bunch of stuff to know that can be weighed and measured into a major or minor. The disciplines teach method because they are methods; they are disciplined approaches to finding Truth. I am equally convinced as well that understanding and fashioning our co-curriculum as disciplines—as rules and practices for personal formation and selfdiscovery whether football or service trips— would allow us to appreciate and value the multiple paths to our common goal.


Freedom Kimball argues that the philosophical tradition claimed for itself the definition of the liberal arts as the “freeing arts,” and then, over the centuries, the philosophers attacked the oratorical tradition for its rote obedience to discipline, rules and tradition. Perhaps making the philosophers’ case, Kimball tells us that the oratorical tradition—the tradition of the liberal arts as civic arts—has largely fallen out of fashion with the exception of church-related schools that he labels “sectarian” (Kimball, 216). It would be easy to conclude that those who stand with the orators, who call for the moral formation of students, who speak of the unity of Truth, and who use terms like “discipline” are opponents of freedom— academic freedom and all forms of freedom—favoring a theocracy, censorship and restrictive rules. It is not so. Again, what Kimball neglects is that the Protestant reformers’ retrieval of the liberal arts was tied not only to their new theology of vocation but also to their new theology of freedom. The liberal arts, vocation, and freedom were and are inseparable. Just two years after Melanchthon’s inaugural university speech, Luther published his treatise on The Freedom of the Christian, and in it he argued that true freedom is the freedom that allows us to abandon our own desires, be they earthly or spiritual, so they we can be solely dedicated to the needs and concerns of others. Luther said that complete and total freedom was only found in Jesus Christ, but what is so remarkable about his claim—then and today—is that it is the exact opposite of freedom defined as independence, autonomy, and self-determination (Luther, 618-19). For the Protestant Reformers, what looks like freedom is actually slavery to our own desires, and it seems to me that this places them much closer to what the classical authors meant by freedom through the liberal arts than what is meant today by contemporary proponents of the liberal-free ideal. In other words, as a community of learners, we will find our greatest potential for freedom when we share a telos. We must be willing to privilege and ask together certain questions—and questions for Wartburg will likely be about leadership, service, faith and learning—even as we are free and open to


dialogue, disagreement and debate about the answers to these questions. As Dr. Rebecca Blair and I have argued elsewhere in reference to IS 101, it is in a rich and robust debate about leadership, service, faith and learning—a dialogue that is shared between students, faculty, staff and alumni-that we seek to understand our call to civic responsibilities as learned people (Blair and Lambert). Without shared questions and the hope of shared Truth, faculty and staff must present to their students disparate versions of little “t” truth via departments, programs and activities like a cafeteria smorgasbord and usually in the forms of an incomprehensible general education plan, disconnected majors, and a laundry list of student activities. To some, the wide array of options may look like freedom, but choice cannot be freedom if it makes the discovery and claiming of a calling one option among many others. In closing, I must ask your forgiveness for there is much more that could be said on these themes, but I do want to note that we have recently witnessed a revived interest in the civic purposes of American higher education. Undoubtedly, Wartburg

as a college of the civic arts tradition has a distinctive advantage in this. From Wartburg’s founding we have told our students that their education is not just about them, the information they will learn, and the skills they will acquire. It is about what they can do for their neighbors, for their communities, and for the world. It is about how they will serve their God in word, deed, and example. So we should not be surprised that our commitment to the civic arts is recognized by national honors awarded to our leadership education and service-learning programs and that our alumni distinguish themselves at work, in the community, and in all their places of responsibility. It is the legacy we have inherited, and it is the mission that we are called to live. For the love and care of all people and all of creation, I pray that God will continue to bless our shared pursuit of Truth in freedom, and I thank the Board of Regents and other donors whose gifts endowed my chair in ethics and made it possible for me to live out my own calling in this great community of learners. Thank you.

Bibliography Blair, Rebecca S. and Lake Lambert. A Mission-Driven Freshman Seminar. Paper presented to the 111th Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission. Chicago. 2 April 2006. Curtis, Mark H. The Liberal Arts as Civic Arts: A Historical Perspective, Liberal Education 8 (1982): 277-83. Frame, William V. The Dialogue of Faith and Reason: The Speeches and Papers of William V. Frame. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2006. Giamatti, A. Bartlett. The Earthly Use of a Liberal Education. Inquiry Studies 101: Asking Questions, Making Choices. Ed. Rebecca Blair. Acton, MA: Copley Custom Textbooks, 2009. Glenn, David and Karin Fischer. The Canon of College Majors Persists Amid Calls for Change. Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 August 2009: 1+. Heiges, Donald R. The Christian’s Calling. Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1958. Kimball, Bruce A. Orators & Philosophers: A History of the Idea of Liberal Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 1986. Luther, Martin. The Freedom of a Christian. Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings. Ed. Timothy F. Lull. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1989. Melanchthon, Philip. A Melanchthon Reader. Trans. Ralph Keen. New York: Peter Lang, 1988. Melanchthon, Philip. Orations on Philosophy and Education. Ed. Sachiko Kusukawa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Newman, John Henry. The Idea of the University. Ed. Frank M. Turner. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. Sullivan, William M. Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Risk Doing What You Love Dr. Amy Nolan A presentation given at the Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Convocation and hard-won wisdom in love, loss, and addiction. Our task was to help them with writing poetry in a workshop setting, put together an anthology of their poems, and set up a large-group reading. As I watched one shy man slowly and bravely come out of his shell to write and talk about his struggle with addiction and commit it to poetry, I knew that I wanted to do this work.

Good morning. I was surprised to be nominated for this award and now to receive it, I am so honored. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say a few words at the closing to such a major chapter in your lives. I know how hard you have worked to achieve the incredible things that you did this year, things that will change the image of Wartburg College for years to come. Since I came to Wartburg nearly four years ago, I have been seeing my own experience as a student at a liberal arts college more clearly. My path to teaching English at Wartburg really began at Alma College in Michigan. When I was 19 and on my fourth major, my adviser, Dr. William Palmer, looked straight at me with a knowing smile. In a weary voice, he said, “Whatever you do, don’t major in English.” Known for his unusual writing assignments, his trademark green pen, and gentle, interactive comments in the margins of our papers, Dr. Palmer had recently earned a write-up in Reader’s Digest’s “That’s Outrageous!” column. The offending assignment—not required—was for freshman composition students to accompany him down to the anatomy department and see human cadavers. Our task was to write two short papers: one would be a completely open, personal, free-style narrative, and the other would be a more formal, objective, logic-based inquiry. As a first-year student, I loved this assignment for its daring and creepiness; but most of all, I loved that Dr. Palmer had given us a choice. One student fainted while we were down there, but most of us stayed, wandering in reverent silence. The anatomy professor had explained to us the importance of treating the lab as a sacred

place. I slowly circled the space around the table, keeping my distance, writing down impressions as one might sketch a still-life. When I returned to my room later, I knew I wanted to major in English. My anthropology professor, Dr. Verne Bechill, was a charismatic Quaker with white hair, who was known for his joyous, booming lectures. When I fell into despair over environmental destruction, animal abuse, and the threat of nuclear war, he would laugh and tell me stories about protesting in the 1960s. Through Dr. Bechill, who was part intellectual and part merry prankster, I learned that the medicine for despair is action. Alongside him, his wife, several students, and three, 80-something nuns, I was detained for protesting at an anti-nuclear testing rally on a military base. In my fourth year, under Dr. Palmer’s guidance, I first experienced what it might be like to teach when I volunteered to work for three weeks with a group of inmates at the Mid-Michigan Correctional Facility—a minimum security prison not far from the college. The men came from all backgrounds, and shared stories of pain

If you teach, you get up every day with a mixture of excitement, a little dread, and the hope that things that look good on paper will translate to real time. You always inhabit the middle ground between authority and fool—and in the space of only a few minutes or seconds, you can radiate wisdom, or enjoy the sound of your own voice, and then be humbled into silence, stumble over your words, or accidently fling your pen across the room as you gesture wildly to make a point. Like a child pushing a paper boat out onto a windy pond, you might raise just the right question—-so that the students will catch the precarious moment, discuss it and for a moment, forget your presence. I live for those moments when a student sees for the first time what her mind can do, or when a student steps out of his comfort zone and bravely shares a point of view that others may disagree with. These moments are sacred—but, like this moment, they are also meant to be let go. So in the spirit of my gratitude for the chance to work with you, I offer you the words of Mary Oliver. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Thank you.


Promotions and Tenures Ben Bousquet Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor One morning every fall, coffee lovers on Wartburg’s campus run a gauntlet on the way to the Konditeri as the sky rains down brightly colored water balloons near them. Braver souls will stop and watch as students load large slingshots held by their colleagues and launch the liquid missiles toward Luther Hall. Cheers go up as select ordinance clears the metal sculpture on the campus mall. Squirrels run for cover. Behind the students and their artillery stands a bespectacled professor with a smile on his face. It is Ben Bousquet teaching PHY 203 students the fine art of trajectory. Launching water balloons from hand-held slingshots is just one just one way Dr. Bousquet enthusiastically inspires students about physics. Aware that people learn best in different ways, Dr. Bousquet employs a variety of innovative teaching strategies to ensure student success, including class discussion, group problem solving, demonstrations, peer instruction and Just in Time Teaching, where students are encouraged to read the textbook before coming to class. Bousquet strives to teach students to think like physicists, to become effective problem solvers and develop a sound approach to experimental design in the laboratory. Studying how students learn is instrumental to his goal of being the best teacher possible. Bousquet has pioneered the use of the Qwizdom Student Response System, a set of remotes that can be used to foster a more active learning environment in his classes. Students enjoy using the remotes and recognize the benefits they can bring. In addition to his use of Qwizdom, he has become a resource for others: training faculty to use the system, leading formal and informal training workshops for both faculty and staff, software installation and troubleshooting. He has also presented posters outlining his implementation of use of Qwizdom in class.


One area of research that interests Dr. Bousquet is the field of Physics Education Research (PER). He is a regular presenter at the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Program. A good campus citizen, Bousquet has served on Commission on Mission Learning Task Force, lead several MCAT review sessions, and has been a Cedar Valley Science Symposium workshop leader. He is the faculty mentor for the men and women’s soccer teams, serves as co-adviser of the local chapter of the Society of Physics Students and coordinates the departmental seminar series with Wartburg alumni returning to campus to give students the opportunity to hear talks about current research and career opportunities within mathematics, computer science, and physics.

Susan Meyeraan Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor A member of the business administration/ economics department since 2004, her passion for teaching motivates her to focus on being at her best every day. Her philosophy revolves around the importance of pushing students to accept their classroom responsibilities in the same way they must accept responsibilities in the various other roles they play in their lives, whether in a job, as an athlete, or a community member. Her goal is to get them to understand that if they don’t follow through with their commitments in the classroom, they are letting themselves down. Meyeraan puts great effort into getting students to share her belief that being a successful student is the most important job they hold as they work to earn their degrees. One of her greatest joys is seeing a student finally grasp this concept and understand there is more to learning than remembering something long enough to pass a test. She helps them to understand that her workplace is their

workplace—thus challenging them to hold themselves accountable for their learning, understanding that learning is their choice. Due to the variety of courses she teaches, Meyeraan is able to build relationships with students over a period of time. From their first SOAR day until graduation she notices how she makes a difference in the lives of students. This aspect also allows her to support the Wartburg mission by challenging and nurturing students over time, both academically and personally, helping them grow into responsible, engaged adults, ready to lead lives of leadership and service. Outside the classroom, Meyeraan is passionate about several research projects, including the Barnabas Uplift Program. Designed by the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to develop and provide alternatives for individuals afflicted by poverty, this program allows them to create better futures for themselves and their families through career training, small business training, and access to micro-loans in order to pursue business opportunities. This project has grown over the years from an idea into a viable program. Early graduates of this program now have been employed for two or more years and are successfully moving up new career ladders. This success will provide her with a growing database of information to feed future research. The outcomes from research in this area have provided on-going learning opportunities and hands-on projects which have been incorporated into her classes. The diverse population served by it has provided many experiences that she includes in her IS 201 courses that stretch students in new and different directions. Part of Meyeraan’s work with Barnabas includes identifying Wartburg student volunteers to help with special projects. Her ability to interface with the synod office on this project has been important in the coordination of Wartburg’s involvement with the project over the years. Meyeraan is also active in service to the college on committees, serving as the faculty adviser on Student Senate in

2008-2009 and as a Leadership Fellow for the Institute for Leadership Education. Most importantly, she knows she is pursuing her passion—something we stress to our students on a daily basis.

Johanna Foster Tenure Whether in the greenhouse, on the prairie, or in the wilds of New Zealand, Johanna Foster consistently pushes her students to care about and observe the world around them. True to the scientific method, Foster urges students to ask, hypothesize research, analyze and report, but before they can do that, she teaches them to hone their observation skills, ask pertinent questions, and trust their observations in order to arrive at an outcome. Teaching students to care is often more challenging than basic problem solving. Looking at a plant in a field may elicit a response of irrelevancy from some. Foster’s students are taught to look at the bigger picture. What type of plant is it? What is its function in the ecosystem? Why is it important? All of these are critical skills for not only a scientist, but also for a liberally educated person. Dr. Foster developed a May Term course that traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand, to encourage students to refine these skills. By working side by side with faculty from Lincoln University, students tested a hypothesis related to the success of the District of Canterbury’s efforts to reforest disturbed land. Other parts of the ecology portion included restoration work with one of the many endemic wingless cricket species and sand dune plant community restorations. Students also learned about Maori culture and major events in New Zealand history post-European colonization. Foster’s own research includes prairie ecology studies at several Iowa prairies where she primarily studies mound-building ants. She is currently collaborating with another faculty member to study bison/ plant/frog interactions in western Iowa.

True to form, when asking why bison are important to frogs, Foster notes that the large, muddy spots where bison roll are key to successful amphibian reproduction as they are the only wet areas on the prairie. Her most recent publication in the Proceedings of the 21st North America Prairie Conference was entitled, A Small Prairie Gem in Iowa. Dr. Foster is also a very active and contributing member to the biology department, supporting its effort to continually improve the curriculum and experiences for the students. She has assisted with course curriculum changes and rewriting lab manuals, and mentors several student researchers. Elsewhere on campus, she has served on committees and as part of the Service Task Force during Commission on Mission.

Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. The study of biochemistry dates back to the late 1800s but the real progress in biochemistry has occurred more recently with the development of techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy and electron microscopy. So if you would like to talk to Dr. Ellerbroek about his field of research and teaching, be ready for a blizzard of scientific terms, techniques, pathways, and formulae. Also, be aware that this relatively young field of study is probably changing faster than any other field in the sciences. Indeed, Dr. Ellerbroek states that the material he now teaches in advanced biochemistry was not even known when he was in graduate school. Thanks to Dr. Ellerbroek, Wartburg’s major in biochemistry has been growing along with the field. Dr. Ellerbroek came to Wartburg in 2004 after completing the doctorate at

Northwestern University in cancer biology and completing an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. The move to Wartburg was a return to his home state where he completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa. During the past six years, Dr. Ellerbroek has taught courses in Biochemistry, Advanced Biochemistry, Methods of Biochemical Research, Student Originated Research, Hot Topics in Science, and Senior Seminar. He has twice been nominated by the students for the John O. Chellevold Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Service. Dr. Ellerbroek holds the Ralph E. Otto Professorship in Chemistry. The professorship helps to support his research on Rho proteins. This summer he will be associated with the University of Iowa FUTURE in Biomedicine fellow that will allow him to spend two months at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine working on an ongoing research project involving Rho protein regulation. He serves as a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and their GrantsIn-Aid of Research Committee. In 2007, he served as a judge for the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Competition at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting. During the past several years, his students have presented undergraduate research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Symposium at Grinnell College, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting, and the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting. Contributing to the mission of Wartburg College has been an important goal for Dr. Ellerbroek. He has served on a variety of standing faculty committees, including the Educational Policies Committee and the Faculty Review Committee. He advises students in the biochemistry major, teaches in the MCAT course, and, in this last year alone, wrote 60 different letters of recommendation for students applying to graduate and medical school. He participates in the Cedar Valley Science Symposium and is consistently working to update the curriculum to reflect the changing field.


Paula Survilla Promotion to Full Professor A member of the Wartburg faculty since 1999, Dr. Survilla’s intensity of focus on research and teaching continues to prepare music students for successful careers as scholars and educators. Along with teaching the standard core of music courses, Dr. Survilla has developed several course offerings to further enhance student learning, including an introduction to ethnomusicology, listening to popular music, and a May Term travel course which offers a historical, anthropological, cultural, and behavioral study of the Medieval pilgrimage route through southern France and northern Spain. Dr. Survilla is an active researcher and campus citizen. She is currently working

on two book manuscripts related to her established specialty in Belarusian studies/ ethnomusicology and another on new research interest in the ethnography of sound. Survilla has also authored numerous peer reviewed articles and papers and has presented her research at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the Canadian Association of Slavists and the Association for the Study of Nationalities. Her book, Of Mermaids and Rock Singers: Placing the Self and Constructing the National through Belarusan Contemporary Music, as volume two of the series Current Research in Ethnomusicology, was published in 2002. Since 2005, Dr. Survilla has been the president of the North American Association for the Advancement of Belarusian Studies. This position allows her to organize and evaluate contributions by colleagues for representation in national and international conferences. She also has served as the executive director of the

Center of Belarusian Studies. Part of her duties in that capacity include evaluated curriculum at the European Humanities University with the goal of developing collaborations with American institutions. On campus, Dr. Survilla has served on the Appointment, Rank, and Tenure committee as well as on Faculty Council and the Global Multicultural Committee. In her role as IS 201 coordinator, she has been instrumental in organizing discussion groups based on readings, film festivals, and in collaboration with the Artist Series to integrate events into the curriculum. In short, the scope of Dr. Survilla’s activities in and out of the classroom link scholarship, creativity, and inquiry. In her self-assessment she states that if she could superimpose the words scholar and teacher, “I could graphically communicate the connection between classroom success and creative satisfaction.”

Retirement Dr. Greg Scholtz Professor of English, 1989-2010 Dr. Greg Scholtz, professor of English, joined the Wartburg College faculty in 1989 after teaching at Lakeland College, Wisconsin. He served the English and modern languages department at Wartburg teaching courses in British Writers, Shakespeare, Introduction to Literary Studies, Modern English Grammars, and English Composition. In addition, he taught an interdisciplinary course, View of Human Nature, and a May Term travel course, England: A Literary Tour. Dr. Scholtz served as chair of the English and modern languages department from 1997-2000. Early in his career, Dr. Scholtz’s scholarly interests focused on Samuel Johnson, the English poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, and editor. After coming to Wartburg, his service and scholarship interests shifted to faculty governance and representation. As a result of his years of work at the local, state, and national levels with the American Association of


University Professors, Dr. Scholtz took a leave of absence from Wartburg to join the staff of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as director of programs in academic freedom, tenure, and governance. Scholtz, an AAUP member for 16 years, has a long-standing record of association service and leadership at the chapter, conference, and national levels. He has held every chapter office, from treasurer to president, and has served as newsletter editor and membership coordinator. He remains with AAUP at his time of retirement from Wartburg.

contributions to the AAUP and the profession of higher education in Iowa.” He participated in meetings of the Assembly of State Conferences, and in 2001 was elected ASC liaison to the national Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He also served a term as the ASC’s vice chair.

From 1995 to 2004 Scholtz chaired the Iowa Conference’s Committee A. He also became editor of the conference’s Iowa Academe, and he worked with successive conference presidents in planning and carrying out the organization’s semi-annual meetings. The Iowa Conference recognized his service by conferring upon him the Edward S. Allen Award “for exceptional

Scholtz’s involvement on the national level began in 1995 with his appointment to the Committee on College and University Governance. He was appointed chair of the committee in 2004. He has also served AAUP as a speaker and panelist at association-sponsored regional workshops and at AAUP Summer Institute workshops together with national staff members.

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