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

Mark BlackburnMark Blackburn
Dean of Students

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, 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.

Mark BlackburnChecka Leinwall
Violence Prevention Coordinator

Checka Leinwall is the violence prevention coordinator in the Dean of Students Office. She earned her Master's of Education in Counselor Education/Student Personnel from Penn State University and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia.