FALCON 2017 presenters

Steve Buttes is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of International Language and Culture Studies at IPFW. Steve has B.A. degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Kentucky, where he also earned his M.A. He completed his Ph.D. in Latin American literature in 2010 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since then, his research has focused on the intersections of politics and aesthetics in Latin American literature and visual art. His teaching career has included positions as a graduate TA, an adjunct, a full-time lecturer with a temporary appointment and a tenure-track position, which he began at IPFW in 2011. He teaches basic Spanish language at all levels, intermediate language skills courses like composition and grammar as well as survey and advanced topics courses in Latin American literature and culture. In 2014 he was awarded the IPFW College of Arts and Sciences Enhancement of Learning Award for a project using Google Earth as a presentation platform for student research papers on Latin American landscape novels. In 2017 he was inducted into FACET. He has presented on using digital tools in the classroom to enhance traditional writing, speaking and analytical skills. His teaching seeks to help students recognize their own knowledge and to expand it by connecting it to the field. Outside teaching and research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, gardening and cooking.

Dana Cattani is a lecturer in Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills at the IU Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Education from Stanford University where she conducted qualitative research on new teachers. A former elementary and high school teacher, she has been a fellow and consultant with the California Writing Project. She is the author of A Classroom of Her Own: How New Teachers Develop Instructional, Professional, and Cultural Competence (Corwin Press).

The FALCON 2017 Robin Hass-Birky Keynote speaker, Kevin Clark is a professor of Learning Technologies and the Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University. His research focuses on the role of interactive and digital media in education, broadening participation in STEM, and issues of diversity in children’s media.

Mary Ange Cooksey is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Ball State University, from which she holds three degrees.  She is Senior Lecturer of Humanities and Coordinator of the Philosophy Program at Indiana University East where her areas of expertise are English, Philosophy, Ethics,  Biomedical Ethics, and Religious Studies. Ange’s teaching career spans four decades, during which she has received a number of high level recognitions for her work, including The Provost’s Teaching Award from Ball State University (1984), the University Teaching Professorship at Ball State University (1989) The Brian Hiltunen Innovative Teaching Award from Indiana Campus Compact (2008), and the Helen Lees Distinguished Teaching Award from Indiana University East (2013).  During her career, Ange has been selected to serve in a number of Faculty Fellowships across the state, including her most recent appointments with LEAP Indiana (2014-2016), Indiana Campus Compact (2017-2018) and FACET (2017 -2018).  She is currently serving as an Eileen Bender Faculty Fellow wherein she is working as part of the team developing products and content for the new website Teaching.IU.edu.  Her most recent publications include ‘The Impact of Perspective on Philosophical Thought:  An Examination of the Masculine Monopoly on the Formulation of Concepts, Ideas Systems, and Pedagogy in the Discipline’ appearing in the on line publication Forum on Public Policy (2106) and a book chapter entitled ‘The Proof is in the Pedagogy:  A Philosophical Analysis of Backward Design’ appearing in Best Practices in On Line Learning (2017) from George Mason University Press. 

Rebekah has been working in higher education since 2009, when she earned her MA in English from the University of Louisville.  She earned her PhD in Humanities, also from the University of Louisville, in December 2016, with a focus on Southern history, literature, and culture.  Her academic interests range from Shakespeare to Civil Rights, and she’s experienced in teaching both foundational and advanced courses in face-to-face and online environments.  Known to her students as “Dr. RDF,” Rebekah aspires to offer both challenges and success strategies in the classroom, with the ultimate goal of impacting students as both scholars and citizens.

Richard Gunderman is Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University, where he is also John A Campbell Professor of Radiology.  He received his AB Summa Cum Laude from Wabash College, MD and PhD (Committee on Social Thought) with honors from the University of Chicago, and MPH from Indiana University.  He was a Chancellor Scholar of the Federal Republic of Germany and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.  He is a ten-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, and in 2015 received the Indiana University School of Medicine's inaugural Inspirational Educator Award.  He was named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the Radiological Society of North America, the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society Berlin Scholar in Professionalism, and the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the American Roentgen Ray Society.  In 2012, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Award for Teaching Excellence, the top teaching award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.  In 2013, he was the Spinoza Professor at the University of Amsterdam.  He serves on numerous boards, including the Kinsey Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality, Christian Theological Seminary, and Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.  He is the author of over 600 articles and has published ten books, including We Make a Life by What We Give (Indiana University, 2008), Leadership in Healthcare (Springer, 2009), Achieving Excellence in Medical Education (2nd edition, Springer, 2011), X-ray Vision (Oxford University, 2013), and Essential Radiology (3rd edition, Thieme, 2014).  His new books, We Come to Life with Those We Serve and Hoosier Beacons, are being published in 2017.

Associate Faculty, Composition, IU South Bend

Kent Kauffman, J.D., is Associate Professor of Business Law in the Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Professor Kauffman is a 2014 inductee in FACET and has been a presenter at various national teaching conferences, such as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons Conference and the 2015 and 2016 FALCON conferences, which included providing a multi-hour workshop at the 2016 FALCON conference on legal issues facing college faculty in their teaching. In addition to legal and SoTL journal articles, he is the author of three books, including a book for legal instructors on how to incorporate film scenes from legal movies into their teaching or assignments.

Professor Kauffman is a past advisory board member of IPFW’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and is currently an IPFW CELT Teaching Fellow. He is the recipient of various teaching awards, including the IPFW Award for Innovative Online Teaching.

Professor Kauffman is a graduate of Temple University and The Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana, and has mediation certifications in civil litigation and domestic relations, granted by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Tara Kingsley is an experienced educator and dynamic presenter. She has worked with new and experienced instructors sharing the latest new ideas and technology tools to successfully implement and refine gamification. She is familiar with the best strategies for designing the most effective lessons base on gamification techniques that give students the voice and choice they need to make their learning successful.  Tara’s enthusiasm, sound advice and ability to introduce new ideas in ways that work in a variety of content areas will motivate and entertain you as she shares dozens of practical, timesaving tips and resources for gamification‑based lessons. Tara is the author several publications in this field including a a handbook as well as four journal articles.   Join Tara for a lively, dynamic session that will be highly worthwhile. You will leave with a wealth of ideas and the confidence to immediately begin implementing gamification‑based lessons with your students.  

Thomas Landis is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His primary teaching focus is Business Presentations, a course of mostly freshman and sophomores who learn how to effectively engage an audience with a message that is informed, relevant, and persuasive. Thomas found his passion for teaching and learning early in life when teaching an intro Communication course as a Graduate Assistant in IPFW’s Masters in Professional Communication program. Looking ahead, Thomas is most interested in exploring how we can harness different technology tools to enhance our classroom pedagogy, improve our human interactions, and help us become better communicators. 

Erika Lee is a lecturer in Informatics within the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. She teaches programming and is developing a new track of web design and development courses within Informatics. She's presented on teaching and learning at ISSOTL, BEA and NICAR, and recently wrote a series of articles on curriculum development for PBS MediaShift. Since 2009, Erika has taught graphic design, web design and development and visual communications to IU undergrads, and for two years served as a visiting lecturer in Journalism and the Media School. Before teaching full time, Erika was part web developer, part graphic designer, and part PR person for nearly twenty years. She received an MA in Journalism from IU in 2004, and holds a BA from Oberlin College in Biology. Erika was the Director of Communications for the University Graduate School at Indiana University, where she also worked on a National Science Foundation grant to increase underrepresented minorities in science, math and technology doctoral degree programs. Erika has also designed educational training materials for PBS, the U.S. Navy SEALS and various college textbook publishers, and gives workshops nationally on teaching and learning, web development and digital storytelling.

Principle Assessibility Consultant, ATAC
Leads the Indiana University UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers (ATAC) course accessibility team in support of faculty and staff with the development of accessible instruction by providing course and learning technology accessibility evaluations, UDL/accessibility consultations, and trainings.

Aaron Morris is a manager of data and analytics for a health care company and an adjunct instructor in economics and statistics at Indiana University Southeast and Western Kentucky University. He was recognized as the 2016 business college part-time faculty of the year at WKU, and the 2017 distinguished part-time faculty of the year at IUS. When he isn't teaching Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, and traveling in their restored vintage camper. 

Robin K. Morgan received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Auburn University in 1988. She is a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University Southeast where she presently serves as the Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching Excellence, overseeing face-to-face and distance education. She has served as the Indiana University Director of the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching, a system wide organization devoted to recognizing and advocating for excellence in teaching.

Michael Morrone is director of the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), Senior Lecturer, Business Communication, in the Kelley School of Business, and Affiliate Faculty in the Liberal Arts and Management Program, IU Bloomington. A Kelley School lecturer since 1997, he has received awards and grants for teaching and has published articles and given presentations on teaching and learning. Morrone has a J.D. degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University.

Ann holds master and bachelor degrees in Organizational Communication, with an emphasis in International Studies, from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a doctoral candidate with Oakland City University. Assistant Professor O'Connor also held a fellowship with the United State Marine Corps University, in Quantico, Virginia from 2010-11. Prior to coming to Ivy Tech Community College, Ann was full-time faculty at Indiana State University and visiting faculty with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Assistant Professor O'Connor was the founding collaborator, editor, and content contributor of the foundational study's course textbook, Introduction to Communication. In the first year alone, this textbook save I.S.U. students more than one million dollars. She also served as affiliate faculty to International Studies and Women's Studies programs. Ann holds master and bachelor degrees in Organizational Communication, with an emphasis in International Studies, from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a doctoral candidate with Oakland City University. Assistant Professor O'Connor also held a fellowship with the United State Marine Corps University, in Quantico, Virginia from 2010-11. Prior to coming to Ivy Tech Community College, Ann was full-time faculty at Indiana State University and visiting faculty with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Assistant Professor O'Connor was the founding collaborator, editor, and content contributor of the foundational study's course textbook, Introduction to Communication. In the first year alone, this textbook save I.S.U. students more than one million dollars. She also served as affiliate faculty to International Studies and Women's Studies programs. In addition to teaching with ISU and Rose-Hulman, Ms. O'Connor has taught a broad range of course, including communication, technical writing, global women's studies, and paranormal activity, with Butler University, University of Indianapolis, and IUPUI-Purdue Engineering. In 2016, Assistant Professor O'Connor taught Military Communication at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China; bringing to light the need for communication training of military troops from all corners of the world. Her research has been published in two academic journals. Outside of the university setting, Assistant Professor O'Connor donates time to train U.S. military units deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan on Arab culture, Islam, and current operating environment. This volunteer work has earned her the Minuteman and Jefferson Award.  In addition to serving troops, Ann is one of Ivy Tech's advisors to the Collegiate Veterans Association.

Mike Polites is senior lecturer in the department of Communication Studies at IUPUI and has been teaching in the department for over 10 years. Polites earned both his BS and MA in Speech Communication from Ball State University, along with a Certified Training Certificate. Since 2004 he has been teaching classes on Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Interviewing Skills in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI. In 2012 he received the “IU School of Liberal Arts Outstanding Lecturer Award” and was also promoted to Senior Lecturer. He is a 2014 “Trustees Teaching Award” recipient. His academic interests include first year experience, humor in the classroom, methodologies for student engagement, service learning, and classroom civility. His desire to help students succeed in the classroom and after they graduate is a passion that drives him. As former college recruiter, he has spoken to hundreds of high school classrooms and thousands of students, encouraging them to continue their education. Teachers frequently requested his engaging presentations year after year. He is a professional speaker, standup comedian, and corporate trainer for TrainingGroupInc.com. Mike has the ability to infuse his unique presentation style of humor and dynamics into a remarkable presentation. When not teaching, he enjoys spending time with family, going to racing events, doing corporate training, and performing standup comedy.

William Radell is the Instructional Technology Consultant for the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning at Indiana University Northwest.  He is a member of the University Information Technology Services (UITS) Regional Teaching and Learning Centers and School Partnerships; which, is a UITS partnership with Academic Affairs and academic units.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Communications Media and Masters of Arts in Adult Education and Communications Technology, which are both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Megan Reinle is the Instructional Design Specialist for the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning at Indiana University Northwest. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Northern Illinois University and Masters of Science in Higher Education, specializing in Online and Distance Learning from Walden University. She currently is working on her Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning and will be starting her dissertation on faculty-designers experiences in utilizing Universal Design for Learning in hybrid courses in January. 

Lamia Scherzinger is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology at IUPUI and has been teaching for the Department in some capacity since 2006.  She earned her MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2006 and her BS in Kinesiology in 2004, both at Indiana University.  Her current course load centers on nutrition, fitness, and personal health, classes she loves teaching as they allow her to share her passion for the field, continuously learn herself in a field that is ever-changing, and help her students discover how the field can fit into their lives- professionally or personally.  She also has experience working as a Program Coordinator for an exercise program for special populations, a Health Coach, a Personal Trainer, a Health Screening Technician, and a Cardiac Rehab Technician. All these have helped her 'practice what she preaches' and enables her to provide real-world experiences with her students.  Personally, Lamia enjoys an active lifestyle at her home in Cincinnati, OH with her husband, two kids, and crazy boxer.

Head Librarian, Business/SPEA Information Commons, IU Bloomington

Deanna M. Shively is a Lecturer of Management and Experiential Learning at IU South Bend. Deanna spent 17 years as adjunct faculty in the accounting department before accepting her current role as a faculty member of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics in 2013. Deanna earned her B.S in Accounting from Purdue University, her Masters of Science in Management from Purdue Calumet, and her CPA license in the state of Indiana. Deanna has operated her own tax preparation business, Shive’s Tax Service, since 1985. She has been a college instructor at Indiana University South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue University Calumet. Her professional experience includes positions in accounting at Toro Wheel Horse, Uniroyal Plastics Inc., and Whirlpool Corporation.

In her current role, Deanna teaches Career Planning and Business Principles and serves as Internship Coordinator for all business students. Deanna is a 2017 winner of the Trustees Teaching Award and has been recognized for excellence in teaching and service. She markets her courses as E3, an Engaging Educational Experience and has coined her grading policy as "Grading with Grace" where she encourages, not discourages, student improvement. Her unique blend of humor and compassion puts students at ease and her experiential learning activities have positively influenced enrollment in all sections that she teaches.

David Smiley is a lecturer in the department of Recreation, Park, & Tourism Studies in the School of Public Health – Bloomington. He has been teaching at IU for the past 5 years in the department. He earned his BS in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management from the Pennsylvania State University and his MS in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the University of Central Florida. Prior to entering academia, Smiley had over 25 years of industry experience in the hospitality, tourism and event management field. This experience has played a large role in shaping his teaching in the THEM curriculum. In 2014, he received the School of Public Health – Bloomington’s Trustee Teaching Award. Smiley’s research focuses on student engagement and persistence and the use of technology in the classroom. He also is the Coordinator for the Core Curriculum in RPTS and is a mentor for other instructors in the Core. David’s passion is the pursuit of creating an engaging classroom that student’s will look forward to spending time in each week.

Dr. Carol Watson received her PhD in Instructional Technology from IU, and is currently teaching at the Kelley School of Business. She spent several years working in partnership with the National Park Service, designing learning experiences for both F2F and online students, and designed an hybrid class for use in the Psychology Department at IU. She has also consulted with companies, such as the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, to develop stand-alone courses. 

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