Two talks are slated, each taking about 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and a 5 or 10 minute break between.
Join us in the bright new classroom, C101. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Jason Goertzen, Kailyn Jones, and Katharine Stabb
Investigating senior undergraduate students’ perceptions of Civic and Political Engagement (CPE)
In this presentation, we will present the results of our exploratory summer research project entitled “Investigating senior undergraduate students’ perceptions of civic and political engagement (CPE).” Using grounded theory (i.e., qualitative research) methodology, we first interviewed 14 senior undergraduates from Augustana, across a variety of disciplines. Following the interviews, they were transcribed and then coded. The coding proceeded through three stages: open, axial, and selective. Emerging from this coding process was a grounded theory that centered on a central code, which we have called “understanding,” and which involves how the (potential) engager’s worldview or perspective influences their engagement. Also central to the analysis were three main dimensions of engagement: “being involved,” “reflection,” and “critical orientation.” (Potential) engagers can be relatively higher or lower on all three of these dimensions, resulting in eight possible engagement styles: “critical,” “supportive,” “passive,” “narrow,” “content,” “cynical,” “apathetic,” and “disaffected.” Additional results will also be presented. The results will then be discussed both on their own terms and also relative to the existing psychology literature. In concluding, future research directions will be discussed.
Prof. Craig Wentland
Augustana at 100: More Lutheran than Ever?
In 2004 at the time of merger, Augustana became a public and non-sectarian faculty of the University of Alberta, after ninety-four years of ownership by various Lutheran Church bodies. Although Augustana is no longer “Lutheran” in the sense of ownership, what if Augustana’s Lutheran identity went far beyond the name of the Church on the deed? While Augustana has evolved in the last six years, there is a highly valued culture of teaching and a spirit on this campus that has a long history and pre-dates the merger. During this centennial year, this talk will be an opportunity to reflect on how Augustana’s Lutheran heritage may be a living tradition that continues to shape the campus.