Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Creativity

Parker Palmer, in writing about the purpose of the educator, says that "to teach is to create a space where the community of truth is practiced." This lofty language is central to grounding our shared vocation as educators at the University of Dubuque. Teaching is at the heart of everything we do. Good teaching demands the pursuit of truth, expressed in a curiosity about and passion for the subject matter. It is a communal pursuit that connects our intellect to the world we seek to serve.
The work of every scholar featured at the University of Dubuque stands as a model of truth seeking in action. Each work translates curiosity and passion into ideas that contribute to the conversation in the academy and serve to better the world. We celebrate the community of truth known as the University of Dubuque and, in particular, each colleague represented here. May our shared vocation as scholars continue to impact the world for good."
- Mark D. Ward, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

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 University of Dubuque Aviation
University of Dubuque Aviation
The aviation programs provide students with the academic and professional tools needed to achieve success in the constantly changing aviation industry. The mission of the Aviation Department is to provide students with the professional skills that allow for success in all segments of the aviation industry while enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills. The Aviation Department supports the University of Dubuque Mission by establishing excellence in professional preparation, fostering a zeal for life-long learning, focusing on the development of professional skills enhanced by technology and integrated with safety practices, and characterized by fiscal prudence with quality equipment and facilities. Find out more here
 University of Dubuque Business and Accounting
University of Dubuque Business and Accounting
The University of Dubuque’s Business Administration & Accounting Department Mission is to offer educational opportunities that build practical, applied, and integrated learning experiences through the undergraduate programs in business and accounting. These programs offer foundation coursework in business and when integrated with the University’s Core Curriculum develop personal character, high ethical standards, a world-view that investigates faith and values, and a portfolio of applied tools required to function effectively in today’s global environment. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Charles C. Myers Library
University of Dubuque Charles C. Myers Library
The Charles C. Myers Library staff connects students to resources they need to become educated, life-long learners. The Library is also a cultural center with a welcoming learning environment. The Library is open to current students, faculty, and staff of University with a current, valid identification card, as well as current students, faculty, and staff from Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS), NICC, Loras College, and Clarke College with current, valid school identification cards. In addition, the library participates in the State Library of Iowa's Open Access program, which means that anyone who lives in the state of Iowa may check books out with a valid identification. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Communication
University of Dubuque Communication
Our mission for the Communication Department at University of Dubuque is to develop students’ theory-based insights and communication competencies necessary to think critically and communicate well. The Communication Department at the University of Dubuque has designed its curriculum to help student’s master competencies that allow them to excel as professionals. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Computer Studies and Mathematics
University of Dubuque Computer Studies and Mathematics
The Computer Studies and Mathematics Department (CSM) at the University of Dubuque (UD) offers students an excellent education and opportunities to participate in major-related extracurricular activities. CSM students have opportunities to engage in major-related activities such as participating in mathematics and computer-related competitions, being involved in STEM festivals in area schools, joining the computer club, and attending conferences. In addition to learning and befriending students with similar interests, these activities allow students to gain leadership experience, and they help enhance the students’ resumes. Enterprising students even present at the conferences. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Digital Art and Design
University of Dubuque Digital Art and Design
The Digital Art and Design (DART) program prepares students for the engaging field of digital design and gaming. Offering a foundation for a broad understanding of digital media, this major stresses the aesthetics of design and effective technology for an engaging, interactive experience. Students will learn visual and technical skills, such as design principles, digital art creation, animation, and web development, to create interactive projects in the digital environment. These interactive digital arts and technology courses are combined with communication and business practices to best prepare the student to enter the workplace. Internships are highly encouraged. The need for talented and well‐trained designers with extensive technology training is in high demand and career opportunities in this evolving field include video design and production, interactive media design and production, game development, motion graphics design, web development, print media, advertising and promotion design, internet presence and marketing, digital photography, consulting and digital project management. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Economics
University of Dubuque Economics
The Economics program at the University of Dubuque prepares students to be proficient in economic theory while helping them to develop data analytic and critical thinking skills and while nurturing the appreciation of ethical values. These skills, applied to investigate real world economic problems, are used throughout the curriculum, culminating with a senior thesis written under faculty guidance. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Education
University of Dubuque Education
The mission of the Teacher Education Program is to prepare qualified, caring, and effective educators. This mission is based on a conceptual framework with five components: Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge, Knowledge of Learners, and Competency in Standards. Together, these five components provide the conceptual framework for the program. This framework takes into account that learning to teach effectively occurs within professional learning communities which are found in the college classroom, school-based settings, and in student teaching. Our program integrates education-related service to the learning community and thus supports the unique mission of the University of Dubuque while engaging learners in multiple contexts and common goals. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Fine & Performing Arts
University of Dubuque Fine & Performing Arts
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers the major in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) with concentrations in music, theatre, or dance. The department also offers minors in music, theatre or dance. Students are not required to major in an arts discipline to participate in co-curricular programs. Performance and ensemble opportunities are open to ALL students. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Health, Wellness, and Sport Marketing and Management
University of Dubuque Health, Wellness, and Sport Marketing and Management
The HWS Department is committed to providing students with an instructional program of high quality that involves the discovery, interpretation, and application of knowledge related to the disciplines within the department. HWS is dedicated to providing an education that brings discipline to mind and body in the pursuit of knowledge and in the development of a healthy lifestyle. A central and unifying mission for the department is to promote the value of multidimensional wellness as a means of enhancing quality of life. In HWS we provide experiences for students that will help them develop as whole persons who emerge as champions of wellness and embrace lifelong learning in a changing society. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Language and Literature
University of Dubuque Language and Literature
The Language and Literature Department helps students develop a mastery of the English language and an understanding of the aesthetic and moral value of literature. Through literature, one has the opportunity to plumb the variety of human experience, to be transported to worlds yet unknown, and to reflect on those dimensions of life that provide portals of insight into our shared humanity. For all students, the study of communication and literature provides insights into the human condition-- past, present, and future. Furthermore, such study develops analytical thinking and writing skills along with creativity and aesthetic sensibility, all of which are necessary in professional and personal life. Many students choose to combine an English major with another major. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
University of Dubuque Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The University of Dubuque Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is preparing clinicians who are educated in all aspects of health care with special emphasis placed on primary care in rural and under-served areas. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient's principal healthcare provider. PAs play a vital role in increasing patient access to high-quality care and are able to do this because of their general medical training based on the medical model. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dubuque Natural and Applied Sciences
The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences (DNAS) includes biologists, chemists, a geologist and a physicist. The DNAS program teaches and encourages students to identify and analyze significant scientific issues of local and global concern including appreciating ecological diversity, evaluate the ethics of behavior and decisions likely to be encountered in one's professional career, contribute significantly to multidisciplinary teams researching scientific problems, communicate results according to professional standards in the form of reports, maps, graphics, and presentations, gather and perform quantitative analysis of scientific data using current technology, demonstrate content knowledge progress through improving performance on standardized tests, and to embrace lifelong learning. In the DNAS program, you become part of a community. We go on field trips together, go out to eat, have departmental parties, and get to know you well. Our departmental student organization, Web of Life, plans activities, works on the campus recycling program, goes on camping and boating trips, and provides a forum for discussing issues. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Nursing
University of Dubuque Nursing
The University of Dubuque nursing major is designed around a 21st century curriculum devoted to meeting the demands of 21st century health care. UD’s program prepares nurses with a baccalaureate degree and focuses on the development of core competencies. Clinical experiences in specialty care are highlighted to meet the demands of employers, while rotations in rural health provide support to under-served populations in the tri-state area. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Philosophy, Politics and History
University of Dubuque Philosophy, Politics and History
The Department of Philosophy, Politics and History is a vibrant community of faculty and students engaged in discussion of ideas, people, and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our cultures and lives. Learning from both current and past events, we explore the social, political, and ethical challenges we face today. We welcome you to join us. Through majoring in Philosophy and Ethics or in Politics, or minoring in History, or in combining any of these with other majors, you will hone skills required for success in many professions. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Psychology
University of Dubuque Psychology
The psychology major at the University of Dubuque is designed to help you understand how psychologists ask and answer questions, as well as giving you a broad background in psychological theory and findings. Understanding where these questions come from and how they are answered means understanding that psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The scientific method determines the questions psychologists ask, how they collect information, and how they analyze the information they have collected. Psychology as a discipline emphasizes critical thinking, and the psychology major at the University of Dubuque will help you think critically about scientific theory and evidence. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of Dubuque Sociology and Criminal Justice
The Sociology/Criminal Justice Department prepares students for careers in criminal justice, human services, law, and related fields. Students gain an understanding of theories, principles, and practice in these disciplines with a focus on leadership, equity, and justice. The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department serves the University's Mission by offering a program of study that is relevant and purposeful to their discipline, enabling students to use the knowledge and methodologies of the discipline for conceptual thinking, critical analysis, oral and written communication, and the application of appropriate information technologies, providing culminating capstone opportunities through independent research, internships or service learning projects, where learned theories and methods are applied to real-world experiences, educating students to become informed, effective, and responsible leaders who embrace diversity in their communities, society, and the world, empowering students to respond ethically and adhere to the professional standards of the discipline; and, recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty who teach students in exciting, innovative, and effective ways. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is committed to nurturing faithful leaders for the church. Our faculty members are committed Christians, well-published in their fields, with a passionate love for teaching and the church. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Theology
University of Dubuque Theology
The Theology Program offers a transformative theological education that prepares students for lives of service in the church and world. Students earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theology expand and deepen their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology, develop leadership skills, and explore a living faith. Find out more here.
 University of Dubuque Wendt Center for Character Education
University of Dubuque Wendt Center for Character Education
The Wendt Character Initiative promotes a campus culture of excellent moral character and purposeful lives. By character, we mean we aim to become excellent people characterized by integrity, justice, and compassion.

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