Dr. Michael Nitz
Dr. Michael Nitz (Ph.D., Arizona) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and coordinator of Norwegian programs. He teaches the basic course in communication, as well as research methods, public relations, persuasion, mass media effects, campaigns, and international communication. He is a Fulbright Scholar whose research interests are in international media coverage of political and environmental issues, as well as the role of late-night television comedy in the political process. He recently received Augustana’s Jane Zaloudek Research Fellowship Award for work on Norwegian/German media coverage of the U.S. Presidential election. He is the campus advisor for Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter and has led several international public relations courses in Europe.
Dr. Fish received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He teaches all levels of French language and Francophone cultures and literatures in the department's French program, and also leads a spring-break course to Paris. His primary research interests include André Gide, autobiography and autobiographical theory, seventeenth-century theater, and postcolonial Central and West African cinema. He has published articles and given conference presentations on Gide and Beckett. Dr. Fish has earned many awards for teaching including the first Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award given by the Augustana student body, and the 2006 Teacher of the Year Award from the South Dakota World Languages Association. Besides teaching at Augustana since 1995, Dr. Fish also serves as the National President of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, and is a past president of the South Dakota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Dr. Joseph M. Dondelinger
Professor and Chair of Government and International Affairs
Dr. Dondelinger received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and teaches the department’s courses in comparative politics and international relations. He brings an unusual combination of background and skills to the department. He was born in Luxembourg and before becoming a U.S. citizen, he twice served as a member of the Luxembourg Mission to the United Nations. In addition to his native tongue, Luxembourgish, he speaks English, German and French fluently, and he is proficient in Russian. Besides teaching at Augustana, since 1985 Dr. Dondelinger has regularly offered courses for senior U.S. government executives at the prestigious Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., first on Soviet and Russian politics and, since the late 1990s, on racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and nationalist conflicts. Dr. Dondelinger is the campus representative for the Truman Scholarship. His advising interests focus on careers in the foreign service and in international affairs.
Assistant Professor and Chair of Computer Science/CIS
In over twenty years at Augustana, Dr. Sorenson has taught a wide variety of courses in the Mathematics department, as well January term courses in international relations and genealogy research. His research is in abstract algebra. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Sorenson is an enthusiastic bridge player; he and his wife have spent many an evening in fierce competition with the Smiths.
Director of International Programs
Donn earned his bachelor's degree at Dakota Wesleyan University. Upon graduation, Donn was a member of the Peace Corps and served in Nepal. After earning a Master's degree in religion, he participated in the Japan Exchange Teaching Program. He has been at Augustana since 1992. Donn and his wife, Kristin, have two daughters, Nicole and Abbie. The entire family enjoys traveling, both international and domestic. Last summer, they did an intensive Spanish language program in Mexico and previously did a month-long program in Norway. When not working or spending time with his family, Donn can be found biking or playing intramurals (even after two knee surgeries) in the Elmen Center.