Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office is a resource for students and all other members of the campus community. Personnel in this office are committed to promote enlightened citizenship, respect for human community and the development of healthy lifestyles.

Dean of Students Office
Edith Mortenson Center, #16
605.274.4124
sservice@augie.edu

Dean of Students Office


Mark BlackburnMark Blackburn
Dean of Students
mark.blackburn@augie.edu
605.274.4124
 

Mark came to Augustana in 2005 and joined the Dean of Students staff in 2008. He earned his Master's degree from Augustana and completed a B.A. degree at the University of South Dakota.


Beth Torkelson

Beth Elam
Associate Dean of Students & IX Coordinator
beth.elam@augie.edu
605.274.4124

Beth Elam has been an administrator in the Student Affairs Division at Augustana since 2009. She was appointed an assistant dean in 2011 and in 2014, and assumed added duties as Augustana's Title IX Coordinator. Beth has earned degrees from South Dakota State University (M.S. in counseling) and a B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls.


Beth Torkelson

Checka Leinwall, Ph.D.
Violence Prevention Coordinator, Dean of Students Office
checka.leinwall@augie.edu
605.274.5215


Checka joined the Augustana community in 2019 and serves as the Violence Prevention Coordinator. Her responsibilities include educating the campus community on preventing domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. She also serves as a confidential reporter and advocate for students struggling with these issues. In previous roles, Checka has served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer and Title IX Coordinator at three institutions. She earned a BA in English from Western Maryland College, an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Student Affairs and a minor in Law from the University of Virginia.


Mark BlackburnBetz McMahon
Administrative Support, Dean of Students Office
betz.mcmahon@Augie.edu
605-274-4124