New Department, Division Chairs Prepare for Academic Year
Classes will resume on campus in just over two weeks and Augustana’s new division and department chairs are preparing for the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
New division chairs for Humanities and Social Sciences:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller, new chair of the humanities division, teaches courses in journalism as well as foundational courses in composition and literature. He also teaches American film and the capstone course “Cinema, Character and Culture,” in addition to the “Reading Augustana” course in the Civitas program. His areas of interest include transnational television and film and American media history. He is the author of Something Completely Different: British Television and American Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). Dr. Miller’s Ph.D. in American Studies is from Michigan State University.
Dr. Geoffrey Dipple, new chair of the social science division, received his Ph.D. in early modern European history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Before joining the faculty at Augustana, he taught at the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. In addition to regularly teaching introductory classes on the history of "Western Civilization," he also offers courses on the history of the Middle Ages, "The Reformation," "Hitler and the Holocaust," and on genocide in the 20th century. His publications include "Antifraternalism and Anticlericalism in the German Reformation: Johann Eberlin von Günzburg and the Campaign Against the Friars" (1996), "Radical Reformation Studies: Essays Presented to James M. Stayer", co-edited with Werner O. Packull (1999), and “'Just as in the Time of the Apostles': Uses of History in the Radical Reformation" (2005). He recently finished a book-length translation of German Reformation pamphlets into English and is working on a book of literary and lived utopias during the Protestant Reformation.
New department chairs:
- Chemistry – Dr. Duane Weisshaar (one-year appointment)
- Education – Dr. Steve Van Bockern (Fall semester)
- Mathematics – Dr. Martha Gregg
- Modern Foreign Languages – Dr. Stephen Lhotzky
- Music – Dr. Scott Johnson and Dr. John Pennington
- Nursing – Dr. Pamela Schroeder
- Physics – Dr. Drew Alton
- Religion/Philosophy/Classics – Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson
“Together, these faculty leaders bring more than 150 years of teaching and leadership experience to their new roles as division and department chairs. We thank them for their service to the College and our students and we look forward to the many contributions they are sure to bring,” said senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, Dr. Susan Hasseler.