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

Dean of Students Office

Dr. Jim Bies

Jim Bies
Vice President for Student Affairs &
Dean of Students

Jim has served Augustana as its Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students since 1986. Educational background: B.A., Luther College; M.A., Pacific Lutheran University; Ed.D., University of South Dakota.

Mark Blackburn
Assistant Dean of Students
&Director of Diversity & Inclusion

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
Assistant Dean of Students

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, 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.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Augustana University is committed to providing equal access to and participation in employment opportunities and in programs and services, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability. Augustana complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and other applicable laws providing for nondiscrimination against all individuals. The University will provide reasonable accommodations for known disabilities to the extent required by the law.

This policy covers nondiscrimination in employment and in access to educational opportunities. Therefore, any member of the campus community, guest or visitor who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in the protected classes listed above is in violation of the University policy on nondiscrimination. When brought to the attention of the University, any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied by the University.

Inquiries or concerns should be directed to: Beth Elam, Title IX Coordinator & Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office — Edith Mortenson Center #116, 605.274.4124,,

Other inquiries or concerns may be directed to Human Resources at 605.274.4110, or email