2017 Retreat Presenters

  • Stephanie Albertson

    Stephanie L. Albertson is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana University Southeast. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. She is a native Hoosier who is passionate about teaching outside the classroom and has taken students to such places as Washington, D.C., the Indianapolis Women's Prison, the Clark County Jail, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Chicago. She will be taking students on her first study abroad during summer 2018, spending a total of 18 days in Rome, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. Her primary research focus is jury decision making and jury reform. However, she has also conducted research on community policing, the Chicago drug courts, and the changing marijuana laws.

  • Tracey Birdwell

    Tracey Birdwell is the Principle Instructional Technology Consultant for the Mosaic Initiative at Indiana University. Dr. Birdwell currently works with IU faculty and other university stakeholders to encourage the adoption of active and collaborative learning strategies for instructors who teach in IU’s active learning classrooms. Her research focuses on effective faculty support for instructors teaching in active learning classrooms.

  • Saul Blanco Rodriguez

    Saul Blanco Rodriguez is teaching Math for Informatics students and will share his project on students' feedback and students' performance in large classrooms.

  • Cameron Buckley

    Cameron Buckley is a graduate student interested in virtual art and virtual realities in education.

  • Steve Carr

    Steven Alan Carr is Professor and Interim Chair of Communication, Director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and President of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors at Indiana U - Purdue U Fort Wayne (IPFW).

  • Karol Dehr

    Karol Dehr is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics at IPFW. She has been teaching First Year Composition and expository writing for 25 years, specializing in enhancing students’ critical reading and writing skills. She is the Associate Director of Writing, Outreach, serving as the Department Representative for IPFW’s Collegiate Connection/Dual Credit Program. She supervises and collaborates with 15 teachers in the greater Fort Wayne area who teach elementary composition at their respective schools. She has co-directed the Appleseed Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, since 2004, working with K-16 teachers on best practices in writing and the teaching of writing. She was inducted into FACET in 2010.

  • Marcia Dixson

    Dr. Marcia Dixson received the 2016 P.A. Mack Award for distinguished service to teaching. As the recipient of the P.A. Mack Award, she leads this year's P.A. Mack Distinguished Service to Teaching Forum.  

    Marcia is currently the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at IPFW. Before that, she was the Chair of the Department of Communication, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and the Basic Course Director for the Fundamentals of Speech Communication course.

    Marcia is also a member of the FACET Steering Committee, an IPFW co-liaison, and co-editor of the FACET Quick Hits: Teaching with Technology. She serves on the board of the Mack Center for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning and the Advisory Boards for the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology

    Her current research area, communication in the online teaching environment, has yielded three top panel papers in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the National Communication Association Conference as well as publications in the Communication Education, The Online Journal, the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. 

    She teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of interpersonal communication, family communication, business and professional communication, research methods, communication in the classroom, nonverbal communication, relational communication, and the dark side of communication.

  • Linda Dunn-Jensen

    Linda M. Dunn-Jensen, PhD, is an adjunct professor in the School of Global Leadership and Innovation, San Jose State University. She teaches, publishes, and consults in the areas of leadership and technology in the classroom. She has published in the Journal of Management Education and International Journal of Business Environment.

  • Tanice Foltz

    Dr. Foltz is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS). Dr. Foltz’s areas of specialization include research methods, gender issues, deviance, diversity, social psychology, religion, and victimization.As WGS Director, Tanice coordinates event programming for the Hass-Birky Women’s Center, contributes to Diversity programming, and organizes the annual Women’s and Gender Studies “Celebrating Our Students” research conference. In addition, every fall she coordinates the Clothesline Project where students are invited to make a t-shirt expressing themselves against violence. The resulting exhibit is part of a broader effort by WGS to raise awareness about violence and its prevention, and this project is the focus of Dr. Foltz's most recent research.

  • Andy Gavrin

    Andy Gavrin is Associate Professor and Chair of Physics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and a member of IUPUI’s University College faculty. He is a co-developer of the Just-in-Time Teaching method, and a “serial adopter” of educational technologies. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and winner of the AAPT’s David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Undergraduate Teaching. His research is focused on the use of technology in science education. He received his BS in physics from MIT, and his MS and PhD in physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He joined the faculty of IUPUI in 1995.

  • Christina Gerkin

    Andy Gavrin is Associate Professor and Chair of Physics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and a member of IUPUI’s University College faculty. He is a co-developer of the Just-in-Time Teaching method, and a “serial adopter” of educational technologies. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and winner of the AAPT’s David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Undergraduate Teaching. His research is focused on the use of technology in science education. He received his BS in physics from MIT, and his MS and PhD in physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He joined the faculty of IUPUI in 1995.

  • Kelly Hanson

    Kelly Hanson is a Visiting Lecturer in Business Communication at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Before coming to Kelley, she taught literature and composition courses in IU’s Department of English for six years. As an Associate Instructor, Teaching Fellow, and Assistant Coordinator for J101, she developed extensive experience in curriculum design, digital pedagogy, and course administration. She recently completed her PhD in English at IU, where her research examined the construction of race in U.S. literary modernism during the first U.S. military occupation of Haiti. 

  • Lisa Hoffman

    Lisa Hoffman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at IUS. Her research interests include cultural identity and education among immigrant and refugee children and families reflective,  and reflexive practices in teacher professional development.

  • Virginia Hojas Carbonell

    Virginia Hojas is a Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Department. She will discuss her project on evaluating students' experiences in a flipped classroom.

  • Shabnam Kavousian

    Shabnam Kavousian is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at IUB. She will share her project on how she uses clickers to inform her instruction in large classes.

  • Trish Kerle

    Trish Kerle' is a Lecturer in the Communication and Professional Skills area of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In a previous life she was the director of diversity and inclusion with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C. and worked for nearly a decade as a senior staff member with the LGBT Community Services Center in NYC and the National Association of LGBT Community Centers in Washington, D.C.

  • Tara Kingsley

    Tara Kingsley is an assistant literacy professor at Indiana University Kokomo as well as an educational consultant. As an avid technology user, Tara has a special interest in supporting deeper levels of student learning through technology integration. Her research interests center on the use of technologies to support 21st Century skills.

  • Brian Krohn

    Brian Krohn is an Assistant professor of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management at IUPUI. Brian D Krohn focuses on marketing and management in the context of sport and event tourism.  As a Mosaic Fellow, he has explored how students learn in collaborative environments, incorporating real-world problem solving.

  • Chera LaForge

    Chera LaForge is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at IU East. She completed my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and my undergraduate education at Northern Michigan University in 2006. Her current research interests include Congress and legislative behavior.  

  • Julie Madewell

    Julie Madewell is a lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Department, IUB.

  • Dina Mansour-Cole

    Dina Mansour-Cole is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership at IPFW. Her reserach interests include leadership and leadership pedagogy; teamwork and reaction to change; using information processing, justice and social identity perspectives; design and implementation of youth leadership development programs.

  • Lance Mason

    Lance E. Mason teaches courses in social studies and social foundations of education at Indiana University Kokomo. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2013. His scholarship employs pragmatism, semiotics, cultural studies, and media ecology to explore changing social dynamics and their implications for media literacy and democratic education. His publications have appeared in prominent national journals including Curriculum Inquiry, Theory and Research in Social Education, The Social Studies, Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Democracy and Education, and Education and Culture: The Journal of the John Dewey Society. His work is informed by five years of experience as a high school teacher in Detroit Public Schools.

  • Debi Mink

    Dr. Debi Mink is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN where she teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. She was a classroom teacher and an administrator in Miami, Florida for 33 years. After retirement from Miami, she moved to higher education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She moved to IUS in Fall 2014 where she teaches elementary mathematics methods. She is the mother of three children and soon to be a first-time grandmother. She and her husband, Chuck live in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been both an attendee and presenter at the Teaching Professor Conference since 2006 and feels it is the most practical and well-run conference for University/College professors no matter the content area.

  • Bob Orr

    Bob Orr is Professor Emeritus of Computer & Informtaion systems Technology and past FACET Director (2001-2006). He retired from university teaching in 2006. Currently, he is a volunteer track and field coach for Westfield High Scool. Prior to his coaching tenure …

    Bob graduated from West Point in 1964 with a degree in general engineering. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 21 years retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During that time, he completed his graduate studies in Computer & Information Science at Georgia Tech, and held a variety of command, teaching and staff positions in the fields of air defense artillery, personnel management, automation management and recruiting.

    Bob’s next journey began when he was hired as an Associate Professor of Computer Technology.  During the next twenty-one years, he served as Department Chair, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and finally, along with Dr. Sharon Hamilton, served as co-director of FACET from 2001-2006.  In addition to being selected as a member of FACET’s Class of 1991, Bob received numerous department outstanding teaching awards, several TERA Awards and twice received the Wisner-Stoelk Award as the outstanding professor in the School of Engineering and Technology.  

    As a track and field coach for Westfield High School, Bob has helped coach several State medalists, numerous State finalists, and his charges hold several school records, and his 400 meter runner ran a key leg on a Distance Medley Relay Team that shattered the Indiana indoor State record by 19 seconds. 

  • Steven Petersheim

    Steven Petersheim is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University East, where he teaches writing and American literature. While most of his publications are focused on literary research, he has recently contributed a chapter to an upcoming book addressing online learning classroom environments. Steven has served as a Faculty Teaching Fellow at IU East as well as discussion leader for the faculty reading group "What Does the Research Say?" #WDRS on the IU East campus. Steven's current research has turned increasingly toward pedagogical studies, and he is working on several articles on teaching literature.

  • Nitocris Perez

    Nitocris Perez evaluates technical innovations for the academic community at Indiana University. She coordinates enterprise adoption of emerging technologies and processes in education.

  • Audrey Ricke

    Audrey Ricke is a Lecturer of Anthropology at IUPUI. Audrey teaches cultural anthropology courses and has taught courses on identity, tourism, Latin America, and psychological anthropology. As a Mosaic Fellow, she has focused on how classroom design encourages students to share ideas and to explore how class concepts apply to real-world contexts.

  • Katherine Ryan

    Katherine C. Ryan, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. She teaches, publishes, and consults in the areas of leadership and change management, employee engagement, and teamwork. She has published in Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and Research in Higher Education.

  • Bradley Sage

    Bradley Sage is a Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training at IU Bloomington. He will share his video-based project in which students demonstrate skills and rate their confidence in performing these tasks.

  • Lamia Scherzinger

    Lamia Scherzinger has been teaching in higher education since 2004, including online instruction since 2011. Teaching is her passion, as she gets to share her love for her field, continuously learn herself, and, most importantly, help students discover how the field can fit into their professional lives. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, both at Indiana University. Though she teaches for IUPUI, she currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two beautiful children.

  • Olga Scrivner

    Olga Scrivner is a Visiting Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Department. She will demonstrate her project on sequential assessment of mobile instructional technologies in language classroom.

  • Crystal Shannon

    Crystal Shannon is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Indiana University Northwest with over 20 years of nursing experience in the areas of obstetrics, reproductive endocrinology, case management, gerontology, community health nursing, public health, community-based health promotion, education and community health literacy. Her doctoral work focused on the role and involvement of local nursing schools on improving the health of the community. My research interests and publications include topics focused on community-based health, participatory research, and the social responsibility of health professions. Crystal has worked with prelicensure nursing students to support local community agencies and the promotion of community health concepts. She continues to collaborate with local representatives to design quality community engagement activities for student learning and the promotion of community health.

  • Jacque Singleton

    Dr. Jacquelyn Singleton is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Indiana University Southeast. She teaches reading methods courses to undergraduate elementary education students. Dr. Singleton earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Louisville in 2013. She taught elementary school for 12 years prior to being hired at IUS in 2014. Her research interests include effective teacher traits, teacher-student relationships, professional development for educators, and English Language Learners. Dr. Singleton lives in Clarksville, Indiana with her husband and four children.

  • Stephanie Whitehead

    Stephanie Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the IU East Center for Teaching & Learning.

  • Linda Wright-Bower

    Music therapy is both an art and a science, according to Linda Wright-Bower, who is an Assistant Professor in the Music Therapy Program at IPFW. "Music therapists use music and their personal skills to help people heal, to achieve wellness, and to change behaviors in a positive direction," she says. "At the same time, the benefits of music therapy can be measured scientifically." Wright-Bowers' work in music therapy includes holding regional and national offices in the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) for more than 20 years. She also helped formulate the guidelines for education and clinical training for the two associations that merged to form the AMTA.