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Master of Music Therapy Students Stand Out at National Conference

November 22-24, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis hosted the national AMTA Music Therapy 2019 Conference.

Augsburg students, faculty, and alumni led a large quantity of the presentations. Augsburg Professional and Graduate Studies are proud of our students and their contributions to their field of study. Congratulations.

Below is a listing of the diverse topics that were presented by Augsburg representatives:

Continuing Music Therapy Education Session

Thursday, November 21 1:30-6:30 pm

Case study research design

Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, LMFT (Director of Music Therapy), Kathy Murphy, Ph.D., MT-BC (MMT Faculty), Nancy Jackson, Ph.D., MT-BC

Concurrent sessions

Friday, November 22: 8-9:15 am

Anything I Can Do, You Can Do Better: The Impact of Impostor Phenomenon on the Therapeutic Process

Stephanie Morris, MMT, MT-BC ( MMT alum)  co-presenting

Infant Loss: Providing Quality End-of-Life Care to Littles and Their Families in Hospital and Home-Based Environments

Elisabeth Bombell, MT-BC (MMT student) co-presenting

Resiliency through Music: A Staff Care Program Model

Audrey Zybura, MT-BC (MMT student) co-presenting

Friday, November 22: 2:15-3:30 pm

Represent, Influence, Change, Energize: Uncovering the Mystery of the Assembly of Delegates

Debbie Bates, Ph.D., MT-BC (MMT faculty) co-presenting

Friday, November 22: 3:45-5 pm

Independent Contractor vs Employee: Understanding Business Relationships

Lindsay Markworth, MMT, MT-BC (MMT faculty) & Anna Brudzinski, MT-BC (MMT student)

Friday, November 22: 5:15-6:30 pm

More Voices: Honoring the Passage from Hospice Music Therapy and Beyond

Dawn McDougal Miller, MME, MT-BC (MMT faculty) co-presenting

Embracing Growth and Transformation During Your Internship: Integrating Wisdom from 100 Interns

Sandi Holten, MT-BC (Augsburg alum) & Dawn McDougal Miller, MME, MT-BC (MMT faculty)

Saturday, November 23: 8-9:15 am

Feeling Unmotivated? Integrating Self-care Through Poetry, Music, and Imagery Experiences

Dawn McDougal Miller, MME, MT-BC (MMT faculty) & Christian Nielsen, MT-BC (Augsburg alum) co-presenting

Voices of Clients and Therapist: Therapeutic Relationship during Music Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, LMFT (Director of Music Therapy)  co-presenting

Saturday, November 22: 3:15-4:30 pm

The Effects of Pre-Transplant Music Therapy for Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant

Debbie Bates, Ph.D., MT-BC (MMT faculty)

Sunday, November 24 8-9:15 am

Get Off Your Island and Find Your Team: Navigating Support for the New to Adept MT-BC

Jennifer Hicks, E-RYT, MT-BC (MMT student) co-presenting

Sunday, November 24: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Music Therapy Adaptations for Blind and Low Vision Learners of All Ages

Callie Hensler, MT-BC (MMT student) co-presenting


Introducing Doctor of Psychology Faculty at Augsburg!

October 18, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN: On October 28, 2019, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) students who the recently closed Argosy University, will continue their PsyD studies at Augsburg. We are thrilled to have these students and this program within our Division of Professional and Graduate Studies. Welcomed are the PsyD faculty who will be working with these students throughout their completion of their degrees:

Margit Berman

Dr. Berman will be teaching PRP 823 – Practicum III – Therapy and PRP 831 – Advanced Practicum I beginning October 28. Dr. Berman has a Ph.D. in counseling and social psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and was an associate professor of clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Berman conducts research on intervention development in women’s mental health, and was a recipient of the 2015 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Career Development award for her research and development of the Accept Yourself! intervention for women with obesity and depression. Learn more about Margit

Jeffrey Brown

Dr. Brown will be teaching PRP 703 – Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and the Law and PRP 712 – Professionalization Group II. Dr. Brown was an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Training in the Clinical Psychology program in the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities. He was involved in the clinical psychology program since 2007. He also was an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University of MN in Minneapolis, MN. Previously, he served as adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. Brown received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. in 2003. He completed his Master’s in Education –Guidance and Counseling through the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI in 1981 and was licensed as a psychologist in 1983. Learn more about Jeffrey.

Mark Carlson-Ghost

Dr. Carlson-Ghost will be teaching PRP 801 – Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy. Dr. Carlson-Ghost has conducted humanistic and CBT-oriented psychotherapy with individuals, groups, and couples in community mental health settings for over thirty years. During this time, he also supervised various clinical programs serving individuals with serious and persistent mental illness or co-occurring mental health and chemical health concerns. Carlson-Ghost has presented widely on topics including couples’ psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and the interface of spirituality and mental health. He has written a book chapter on the history of psychology and has research interests in the area of continuing bonds in bereavement. Learn more about Mark.

Introducing the NEW Master of Arts in Education

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – Licensed public school teachers can now come to Augsburg in order to receive a Master of Arts in Education for 30-31 credits. This degree option may open pathways for already licensed teachers in Minnesota to earn an additional $7,000 annually. MEA (Minnesota Educators Association) is coming up Thursday, October 17, 2019. Augsburg will have a table with information about this new option. Come find us!

This program invites students to engage in critical discourse relevant and pertinent to their own socio-cultural context, integrating relevant knowledge to address the problems they identify and wish to address. As we are all life-long learners, our faculty partner with students in collective searches and re-searches for insight and shared meaning.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Education at Augsburg.


Jeanne Boeh – First Sundquist Endowed Professor

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – “Business Department Chair Jeanne Boeh has been named the Sundquist Endowed Professor of Business Administration, beginning September 2019.

Inaugural Sundquist Endowed Professorship of Business Administration. The Sundquist Professorship supports Business Administration, Augsburg’s largest academic department with the most undergraduate majors on campus. Boeh, a professor of economics, has been teaching at Augsburg since 1990 and often appears in media interviews and on business panels given her talent for bringing complex business concepts to life.”  Read the full article

Introducing New Professional Studies Faculty

Introducing new faculty within the Division of Professional Studies! Augsburg University fall 2019 courses have commenced, and this the beginning of a new school year, we welcome:

Tara Mader, PhD


Tara Mader

Assistant Professor in our Health and Physical Education department.  Dr. Mader will be teaching HPE 104 – Components of Fitness Training, HPE 205 – Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, and BIO 130 – Human Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Mader’s educational and research interests include Exercise as Medicine, Impacts of Disease and Aging on Musculoskeletal health and function, Learning Assessment and Evaluation, Interdisciplinary Course Design, and Active Learning Strategies in Science and Exercise. Learn more about Tara.


Juyoung Lee, PhD

Juyoung Lee

Assistant professor in the Music Therapy program. Dr. Lee will be working with MMT Equivalency Plus students on practica and advising.  Her clinical practice occurred in community-based settings such as a pediatric hospice, adult day-service facilities, and aged care services. Her research focuses on people with intellectual disabilities, community music therapy, and inclusion and diversity. Dr. Lee regularly publishes her research and presents at both national/international music therapy conferences. Learn more about Juyoung.

Soebin Jang, PhD




Soebin Jang

Assistant professor in the Business department.  Dr. Jang will be teaching BUS 242 – Principles of Management and BUS 362 – International Business. His research interests include corporate social responsibility, meaningful work, servant leadership, and organization development and change. He has published his research in the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. Learn more about Soebin.

2019 PA Student Class Graduates

August 23, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN: The twenty-third cohort of the Physician Assistant Studies program graduated at the end of August. These students have successfully made it through 27 months of didactic and clinical training. The ceremony took place at Hoversten Chapel on Friday, August 23rd and was an excellent commemoration of the students’ path leading them to this point. Graduates were addressed by several individuals including Commencement Speaker Vinh Dang, PA-C and Student Representative Nathan Kleppe. -Story from Augsburg PA website. Click here for the full story.


Augsburg Hosts AP Summer Institute, June 2019

APSI participants sitting in Sateren Auditorium
APSI participants sitting in Sateren Auditorium where Jeremy Updike welcomes 209 teachers and consultants to Augsburg.

June 18, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN: In June, Augsburg University hosted 209 teachers in 13 different workshops — a significant increase to the number of teachers who have participated in an Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) at Augsburg.  APSIs offer the most intensive professional development available for AP educators. This year, science workshops were hosted in the Hagfors Center. The 209 teachers work in the US and the following countries: Canada, China, Ecuador, Israel, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria and South Korea. In addition to these workshops, Augsburg also hosted a workshop for AP Coordinators.  AP coordinators assume primary responsibility for organizing and administering the AP programs at their schools. Augsburg’s workshop filled within 10 days of opening for registration with 30 Coordinators in attendance.

Augsburg Commencement Ceremony 2019

May 10, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN: This year, for the first time, Augsburg’s commencement ceremony was held at US Bank Stadium and our undergraduate, degree completion, and graduate students received their diplomas.  The official first possible date to officially graduate in the 2018-2019 school year was September 28, 2018, since then, we are thrilled to have awarded 339 undergraduate students in professional programs their diplomas! 296 Master’s students were hooded by Program Directors and 16 Doctoral students were hooded by the Nursing chair and Program Director.  It was a great honor and privilege to recognize these significant accomplishments. Thank you to everyone who works to make this possible.


Music Therapy Faculty Retires After 45 Years

Professor of Music Therapy at Augsburg Roberta Kagin and Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow at Faculty Luncheon, May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN: Two faculty members retire this spring following years of dedicated service to Augsburg University. Augsburg is grateful for their commitment to advancing the university’s mission and supporting student learning within and beyond the classroom. We would like to thank the following faculty for their service to Augsburg University. We wish you all the best in retirement!

ROBERTA KAGIN Professor, Department of Music—joined Augsburg in 1974

DAVID CONRAD Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration—joined Augsburg in 2000

Mother and Daughter Achieve DNP-TCN Degrees Together

May 10, 2019 – ROCHESTER, MINN:  Jessica McAlpine, a recent graduate of Augsburg University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Transcultural Nursing (TCN) program, is the daughter of Debra Perry (Deb), also a recent graduate of Augsburg University’s DNP-TCN program. This mother-daughter duo recently walked together in Augsburg’s 2019 commencement ceremony, a unique, deeply meaningful life event for the two of them.

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