Christopher Smith talks to Pioneer Press and Star Tribune

PioneerPressAugsburg College’s Christopher Smith, assistant professor of education, recently spoke with the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune about legislative efforts to repeal basic-skills exams for teachers. Smith, who co-chaired the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force, told media that although the majority of the task force members supported repeal of the exams, the group was not recommending repeal of teacher accountability. The Pioneer Press article was titled “Minnesota House Panel considers plan to eliminate teacher skills test,” and the Star Tribune piece was titled “Basic-skills exam for teachers remains despite efforts to scrap it.”

Augsburg recognizes staff achievements

staffrecognitionLast week, the Augsburg community celebrated the accomplishments of its staff at the annual staff recognition event. In addition to naming those who have served at the College for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years, the community also recognized those selected for outstanding contribution awards.

Staff are nominated by their colleagues for this award and recognized for their professional accomplishments as well as their dedication to their work and to serving the students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading “Augsburg recognizes staff achievements”

Faculty, staff engage in summer workshops

fac_devSince the semester ended and day students left campus, it’s faculty and staff who have been sitting at the desks. The month of May has evolved into a time when professors and administrators can take advantage of learning opportunities that are difficult during the school year because of class and work schedules.

Most of these workshops are planned by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), whose mission is to “engage and sustain faculty and staff…and encourage professional, scholarly, and teaching development at every stage of an Augsburg career.” Continue reading “Faculty, staff engage in summer workshops”