Faculty Authors, Artists Honored for Achievements

In May 2013, Augustana faculty and staff gathered at the Mikkelsen Library to celebrate more than 50 recent works, including book chapters, journal articles, and artworks published by Augustana faculty members.

Among those honored were Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Stephen Minister, and Associate Professor of History Dr. Peg Preston, all of whom had books published in 2012-2013.

Below is a list of the works recognized:


  • Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner served as co-editor of the book “Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry” with Dr. Kimberly Pacheco, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado.

    Advances in Teaching Organic ChemistryPublished in 2012, “Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry” is based on a symposium held at the 242nd American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Denver, Colo., in August 2011. The book “seeks to illuminate the latest trends as well as some tried-and-true methods for teaching organic chemistry at both large and small institutions.”

    An organic methodologist by training, Duffy-Matzner received a presidential appointment to United States Military Academy (West Point) and was discharged as a disabled veteran due to injury. Before and after earning her B.S. from Boise State, she worked for the Boise Forensic Laboratory on arson, rape, drug and homicide cases. Her Ph.D. research centered on novel antibiotics, and today her research is still focused on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds with some biological applications.
  • Stephen Minister Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion: Toward a Religion with ReligionDr. Stephen Minister served as co-editor of the book, “Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion: Toward a Religion with Religion,” with J. Aaron Simmons, assistant professor of philosophy at Furman University. The book was published by Duquesne University Press in October 2012.
    Also in October 2012, another book by Minister, “De-facing the Other: Reason, Ethics, and Politics after Difference,” was published by Marquette University Press.

    Minister received his bachelor degrees in philosophy and mathematics from Seattle Pacific University and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University. He teaches courses in ethics, continental philosophy, modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion, as well as study-abroad courses on global poverty and the ethics of development. His research engages the continental tradition, especially the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, and focuses on the relationship between reason and responsibility, the role of commitment in ethics and religion, and practical issues such as human rights and global poverty.
  • Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1950 Dr. Margaret “Peg” Preston co-authored the book, “Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1950,” with Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, professor of global histories at Harvard University. The book was published by Syracuse University Press in October 2012.

    Preston received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 1999. She is a social and economic historian who also focuses on issues of gender in modern Ireland, Britain and India. Published in 2004, her book, “Charitable Words: Gentlewomen, Social Control and the Language of Charity in Nineteenth-Century Dublin,” focuses upon the intersections of race, gender, class and social control within the language of charity. She has also published her research in The Historian, Eire-Ireland and New Hibernia Review. A recipient of a 2005 grant from the University of Notre Dame, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Preston has also looked at the role of Irish women in the Dakotas. Preston teaches courses on Modern Europe, Ireland, World War I and Western Civilization. She has lived and traveled extensively in Ireland and England and regularly co-teaches a course that takes students to Ireland and England during Augustana's January term. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Preston received the ASA Faculty Recognition Award.

Book Chapters


  • A floor mosaic designed by Augustana's Scott Parsons, associate professor of art, was unveiled at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The 1,800-square-foot floor mosaic features colors and a design that Parsons says reflects Minnesota’s landscape, history and the movement of people through time and space as part of the larger human journey.
  • Designed by Augustana Art Instructor John Peters, class of 1976, the light fixtures inside the new $1.25 million Sioux Falls Environmental Center are proof that art can transform an object we use every day and raise awareness about significant global issues like the importance of recycling.


- Chi Ngo '13