Here, our professors are passionate scholars and dedicated teachers. They know your name, value your interests, engage you in conversation, care if you miss class, have lunch, coffee, or tea with you, and advise you on classes. They commit to helping you explore your passions and discover what it is that you are called to do, which leads to fulfilling careers. Our professors want our graduates to create a life with purpose and meaning.
At Augustana, we value close student-professor collaboration, which enhances learning. It also acknowledges that professor recommendations written on behalf of a student pursuing employment, graduate or professional school may be the difference in a competitive environment.
Because most of our classes are taught in classrooms built to hold no more than 30 students, class sizes are small in number. An average class size of 21 fosters classroom discussion and interactive learning. This personalized environment creates the kind of interaction that enables professors to know you on a more personal level. As a result, professors have more to share about you when writing letters of recommendation for employment or for graduate and professional school.
"There are so many wonderful professors at Augie, but it would have to be a toss-up between Dr. Tim Sorenson (mathematics) and Dr. Richard Swanson (religion). I was fortunate enough to have them fall semester of my freshman year. They were both supportive and encouraging as I adjusted to college and tried to figure out what I wanted to study. They both pushed me to be successful and knew that I was capable of so much. Their classes are challenging, engaging, but also extremely rewarding as they invite students to approach their subjects with a diverse mindset and embrace the obstacles ahead."
— Katie Rivers, Class of 2018
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Students from across all academic disciplines are encouraged and invited to participate in the Augustana Symposium, an annual event that allows students to present research and papers on their academic interests. This provides yet another opportunity for student/faculty collaboration and enables students to enhance their public presentation skills. Collaborations with professors have also resulted in invitations to make presentations at conferences and to co-author articles for publication.
As recently shared in the Gallup-Purdue Index, having a professor who believes in a student makes a lifetime of difference.