The inauguration of Dr. Paula Carlson as the 10th president of Luther College is Friday, Oct. 10, during Luther’s homecoming weekend.
The investiture ceremony is at 3 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life, and is open to the public with no charge for admission.
For those unable to attend the ceremony, the event will be live-streamed at:
An inaugural reception in Bentdahl Commons will follow the ceremony.
Delegates from 41 institutions of higher education and nine representatives of church, education and government agencies will be in attendance to welcome and honor President Carlson.

At 11:15 a.m., the college will host the inaugural symposium, “Exploring Faith and Literature,” in the Noble Recital Hall, located in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
Panelists include President Paula Carlson; Jacqueline Bussie, director, Forum on Faith and Life and associate professor of religion, Concordia College; Peter Hawkins, professor of religion and literature, Yale Divinity School; the Rev. Jim Honig, senior pastor, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill. and Robert Schultz, Luther class of 1974, the John P. Fishwick, professor of English, Roanoke College.
A scholar of medieval literature and modern American literature, this symposium responds to President Carlson’s academic interests in religion and literature.
While teaching in the English Department at Yale University, she began a collaboration with Dante scholar Peter Hawkins, professor of religion at Yale Divinity School, to create the anthology “Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith” (Augsburg Fortress). That first volume, part of a project funded by Lilly Endowment that sought to enrich theological education by looking deeply at the arts, has grown into a four-book series.
President Carlson began her duties as Luther’s 10th president July 1. She is a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, and holds a Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. She has taught at the University of Dubuque, Yale University and St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind..
Prior to her appointment at Luther, Carlson was vice president for mission at St. Olaf College. Carlson was formerly vice president and liaison to the St. Olaf Board of Regents and, at the University of Dubuque, director of the Wendt Center for Character Education and associate dean for academic affairs.
Her husband, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer, is professor of liturgics and dean of the chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque. They have two children, Peter Schattauer and Anna Schattauer Paille.
For a complete inauguration day schedule of events see: and to follow the rest of the Oct. 10-12 Homecoming weekend activities see: