Highlights, Special Features, and Opportunities


  • Janet Blank-Libra received Augustana’s most prestigious faculty teaching award, the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award, in 2005. Patrick Hicks, Jeffrey Miller and Darcie-Rives East have been award nominees.
  • Patrick Hicks received the Frederick C. Kohlmeyer Distinguished Teacher Award in 2018.
  • Danny Gerling received the Granskou Award for Professional Development in 2019.
  • Darcie Rives-East was awarded the Jane and Charles Zaloudek Faculty Research Fellowship in 2016.
  • Janet Blank-Libra served as the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values, 2010-2013.
  • Danny Gerling won the Augustana Student Association Best Teacher Award in 2019. Jeffrey Miller received the same award in 2014, and Janet Blank-Libra won in 2008.
  • Covenant Award Winners
  • Christian Faith – Alexandra Hjerpe Smith ’14 (English/Journalism)
  • Liberal Arts – Shannon Cumiskey ’10 (English)
  • Liberal Arts – Crystal Ortbahn ’14 (English)
  • Excellence – Lacey Horkey Dixon ’06 (English/Journalism)
  • Excellence – Sarah Ochsner ’06 (English)
  • Excellence – Naomi Gades ’07 (English)
  • Excellence – Megan Raposa ’15 (Journalism)
  • Excellence – Matthew Housiaux ’16 (Journalism)
  • Excellence – Josh Barrows ’19 (English)
  • Community – Mari Stensgaard ’11 (English/Journalism)
  • Community – Jenny Lockhart ’11 (English/Journalism)
  • Service – Leah Blom ’19 (Journalism)


  • Students have the chance to graduate with honors through the Alpha Xi Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honors society.
  • Students in English and Journalism hone their skills in writing, editing and publishing by working on our newspaper, The Mirror, our yearbook, EDDA, and our literary journal, The Venture.
  • Many department majors share what they’ve learned with the Augustana community by tutoring in the Writing Center, where students from all over campus come for help with their writing.