2018 FACET Retreat Presenters

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Jamie Buffington-Adams, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Indiana University East where her teaching focuses on preparing future teachers to identify what they believe about teaching and learning and to work with students who struggle to find success in schools. A former jack-of-all-educational-trades, Jamie’s broad experiences in special, remedial, and alternative education have developed into professional interests in emancipatory pedagogies for marginalized youth and curriculum theory. She currently serves on committees focused on ensuring the quality of academic offerings and addressing issues of diversity, equity, and student success across multiple facets of campus life. She is a co-author of Race and Pedagogy: Creating Collaborative Spaces for Teacher Transformation. Her other publications are included in SAGE Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies, Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, SAGE Encyclopedia of Deaf Studies, and the forthcoming books Radical Youth Pedagogy and Racial Tensions and the Public School

David Blouin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University South. Over the years he has conducted numerous community-based research projects with his research methods classes. His projects have involved partnerships with neighborhood associations in Elkhart and South Bend, a local grocery cooperative, and St. Joseph County Community Corrections. David has also conducted scholarship on community based learning. His work has included an investigation of how service learning impacts community organizations and a paper, written with Gail McGuire, on the costs and benefits of different models of community-based research.

Faye Camahalan is Professor of Education and Director of Graduate Studies in Education at Indiana University Southeast. In 2016, she was awarded the campus' prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award, shortly before also being selected as a Mosaic Regionals Active Learning Fellow in 2017. She was raised and studied in the Philippines, where her work as an educator and high school principal helped shape her teaching philosophies. She believes teaching occurs only when learning takes place. The best form of learning happens when a student is an active individual who seeks and hungers for knowledge. The teacher serves as a facilitator of learning who engages the students in the processes of critical thinking, problem solving and reflective evaluation of issues in the discipline of study.

Sau Hou Chang is an Associate Professor at School of Education at Indiana University Southeast. She teaches Educational Psychology, Psychology of Teaching, Classroom Assessments, and Assessments in Schools. She also supervises clinical experiences and practices for undergraduate education students. She has done studies on testing effect, memory strategies, reading strategies, flipped learning, co-teaching, and teacher concerns. One of her research interests is to use cognitive science to inform teaching.

Gregory Dam is an Assistant Professor of psychology at Indiana University East. He teaches general psychology, neuroscience, and learning. His research explores how emotional states affect the execution and control of voluntary movements. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Sacred Heart University, a masters in learning sciences and doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University. He is a member and ad hoc reviewer for the Cognitive Science Society. He began his teaching career in the Bronx, where he taught middle and high school science.

Gina Sanchez Gibau began her career at IUPUI in 2000 as an assistant professor of anthropology in the IU School of Liberal Arts. She served as associate dean for student affairs between 2011 and 2017. Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity development among the African diaspora, multicultural pedagogy, and professional development and advancement of underrepresented groups in higher education. She has been an active participant in affinity councils on campus and is the current codirector of the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 program. In her current position as Associate Vice Chancellor of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, she works closely with academic units to enhance the pathways toward diversifying the faculty and promoting inclusive excellence at IUPUI.

Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson began her post at the University on February 1, 2012.

Provost Hanson’s arrival at the University of Minnesota was a homecoming for her. She received her bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, in philosophy and mathematics here in 1970. She went on to earn both her master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Harvard University in 1980.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Hanson served as provost at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University and executive vice president of that university from July 2007 to January 2012.

Provost Hanson’s research interests are in the philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics, and American philosophy. She has published many articles and essays in these areas and is the author of the book The Self Imagined: Philosophical Reflections on the Social Character of Psyche and a co-editor of the book Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory.

She has twice been elected to the executive committee of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and to the APA National Board of Officers. She served as chair of the APA board from 2004 to 2005. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the APA delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and as a member of the ACLS Executive Committee.

Hanson has been an associate editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy, a member of the editorial board of American Philosophical Quarterly and a trustee for the American Society for Aesthetics. Her current editorial board memberships include Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews and Cognitio, and she is an officer of the board of the John Dewey Foundation and a member of the advisory board of the Peirce Edition Project.

Kelly Hanson teaches business writing at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She holds a PhD in English Literature from IU, and her research examines the historical and literary construction of race in the United States. Before coming to Kelley, she taught literature, composition, and professional writing courses in the Department of English and in IU's Groups Scholars Program.

Heather S. Jones is a Lecturer in French and Spanish at Indiana University South Bend. She grew up in Normandy, France. After graduating from high school, she moved to Indiana where she received her Bachelors in History for Bethel College, and her Masters in Liberal Studies from Indiana University South Bend. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as an Arabic Interrogator. Heather has been teaching foreign languages (French, Spanish, English as a Second Language, and Arabic) in many different settings (kindergarten immersion, intermediate academy bilingual program, 1st to 4th year college courses, and private tutoring) for the past 20 years. She was recently awarded an Engaged Faculty Fellowship through the Carnegie Engaged Campus Initiative. Thanks to the fellowship and training, she has started implementing service-learning in various forms in her foreign language classrooms.

Kevin Jones is Associate Professor of Management in the IUPUC Division of Business. He is a self-described human resource development leader who applies organizational development practice and organizational communication theory to deliver results for organizations. He has for many years worked to transform organizations to improve performance and productivity. With over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, and human resource development roles, he has deep knowledge in these fields. As a 30 year college faculty, Kevin learned the importance of student engagement with the course topic and content. To facilitate this engagement, he seeks to inspire and challenge students to apply the concepts covered in my courses, with the goal of bringing to students a “real world” practitioner’s perspective supported by leading-edge research. He is a 2017-18 IU Mosaic Faculty Fellow.

Trish Kerle’ teaches business communication at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In a prior life, she was the director of equity and inclusion for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C. and served for almost a decade in senior leadership positions with the National Association of LGBT Community Centers (now known as CenterLink) in D.C. and the LGBT Community Center in NYC.

Dr. Vesna Kilibarda joined the faculty at IU Northwest in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2003 and to Professor in 2016. She served the department as a chair from 2005 to 2008 and served the university as an Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2004/2005. She is active in Indiana Section of Mathematical Association of America (MAA) where she served as a chair, vice-chair, and past chair 2009-2012. She is a member of MAA and AMS.
Professor Kilibarda received her bachelors and master’s degrees in mathematics at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and her second master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics with minor in computer science at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research interests are in algebraic semigroup theory and scholarship of teaching and learning mathematics. She published 13 journal articles and presented her work at regional, national, and international conferences, some with her students. She is a winner of numerous teaching awards and a member of FACET since 2005. She is currently a Co-PI of the NSF - AIMS grant and is a Student Programming Coordinator of IU Northwest LSAMP.

Dr. Yu Kay Law is Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He has taught a range of chemistry courses at all undergraduate levels for the past seven years. His research interests include computational studies of the interplay between conformational distribution and the photophysics/photochemistry of nucleic acids and protein model compounds, as well as mathematical preparation and student success in general chemistry. As a Mosaic Fellow, he is focusing on how to adapt class activities and pedagogical methods to take advantage of the physical environment of the classroom.

Rich Magjuka PhD is Faculty Chair of the Executive Degree Program at the Kelley School of Business, the Faculty Chair of Kelley School of Business Executive Education and holds the Fred G. Steingraber Chair of Distributed Business Education at the Kelley School of Business. Dr. Magjuka developed and launched Kelley Direct, an online program in graduate business education in 1998. After a decade, the programs at Kelley Direct (KD) were split into two programs, a public program and a corporate-sponsored and university-partnership program. The corporate- and university-affiliate program was named Executive Degree Program (EDP) and Dr. Magjuka became the first and only faculty chair of EDP in 2009. Today, KD and EDP enroll approximately 2000 graduate business students annually. Dr. Magjuka joined the faculty at Kelley in 1988.

Adam Maksl is an experienced and award-winning teacher of journalism at Indiana University Southeast, where he is the faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Horizon, and the new campus streaming radio, The Horizon. In 2017 he won the Honor Roll Newspaper Advisor Award from the College Media Association and the "GRCM Teacher of the Year” award from the Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He was also selected in 2017 as one of three IUS' Mosaic Regionals Active Learning Fellows. Maksl’s work – in teaching, research and service – focuses primarily on youth media and media literacy. A former youth journalist himself, he regularly speaks to student journalists and their advisers. Most recently, he has taught for as well as directed programs designed to help high school publications use multimedia storytelling tools to better report on their communities and engage readers.

Michael C. Morrone was appointed director of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching effective January 1, 2016. Morrone is a senior lecturer in business communication in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Morrone has a J.D. degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University. 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. His goals for FACET including building on connections with campus teaching centers and University Information and Technology Services; attracting the best IU teachers to FACET and retaining their interest; engaging with students to promote a culture focused on learning outcomes; strengthening ties with faculty governance organizations; aligning FACET’s priorities with the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan; and leveraging technology to improve teaching.

Tanya Perkins is Assistant Professor of English. She teaches creative writing, composition and professional/technical writing and is coordinator of creative writing. Her creative work is in fiction and research interests include online pedagogy, service learning and creative writing assessment methods. As a Mosaic Fellow, she is developing innovative approaches to experiential learning in both face and face and online settings.

Susan L. Popham is an experienced teacher of composition and technical writing, both in online and onsite environments, for over two decades. A newcomer to Indiana University Southeast, she was selected last year as a Mosaic Regionals Active Learning Fellow last year, a program in which she has reflected on her own teaching methods, curriculum design, and technological use in the classroom. Currently, along with building and teaching two online courses in technical and business communication, she is teaching a senior-level capstone seminar, Rhetoric of Texts and Technologies, in which students use and analyze the affordances of the myriad communicative technologies available in society.

Andrea Quenette, Ph.D. (Ohio State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at IUE. She teaches a variety of media and political communication courses, many of which implement problem-based learning and new ways of integrating digital technologies to facilitate student learning.

Her teaching specialties include Communication Theory, Media and Terrorism, Political Communication, Media and Politics, Propaganda and Persuasion, and more. Her research interests are focused on the intersection between the effect of political news content on audiences and their political interests, attitudes, and engagement. She also serves as the Assessment Coordinator for her department.

Leah Savion is a member of the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, and the Cognitive Science departments at Indiana University at Bloomington since 1989. Areas of research interest include Analytic Philosophy and Formal Logic, Cognitive Science, Cognitive traps in Medicine, Law, and Business, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, as well as international folkdance, gumboot, singing, and tennis.

LamiaScherzinger has been with the Department of Kinesiology since 2006 after graduating from Indiana University with a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has taught courses in anatomy, exercise testing and interpretation, personal health, physical activity, and nutrition, both live and online. One of her main goals in the classroom has been to increase and improve the level of engagement of both herself and her students, which has driven her to change her way of teaching drastically in the past few years. Outside of academia, Lamia has experience as a health coach, personal trainer, and subject matter expert writer for textbooks, wellness programs, and online articles.

Kyoko Takanashi is an Associate Professor of English at IU South Bend. She teaches courses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature as well as first year writing and ESL. She has been a FACET member since 2016.

Dr. Lorna C. Timmerman teaches sociology and special education courses. She has presented her research and theoretical papers at several national and international conferences. In addition, her work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Psychology in the Schools, The Qualitative Report, and Academic Exchange Quarterly.

Dr. Josh Tolbert is Assistant Professor of Education. His research interests include use of visual strategies in instruction for students with learning disabilities, acquisition of foreign language vocabulary by students with learning disabilities, and disciplinary equity involving urban students with special education needs. As a Mosaic Fellow, he is interested in how to encourage students to embrace learning as an interactive social process in which ideas and relationships continuously evolve for both groups and individuals.

Dr. Rebecca Torstrick became the founding Director of the Office of Completion and Student Success in 2014 and moved to Senior Assistant Vice President in University Academic Affairs in 2017. She represents UAA and the IU regional campuses on a number of enterprise-level projects focused on improving advising, analytics and early alert, academic and career planning, and student success for the system. Her previous work in UAA revolved around facilitating the collaborative strategic planning process for IU’s five regional campuses and then guiding implementation of plan recommendations focused on advising and meeting regional needs. A member of the Indiana University faculty since 1996, Dr. Torstrick is a Professor of Anthropology at IU South Bend, where she previously served as Director of the Women’s Studies Program and as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She earned her MAEd in Human Resources Management in 1981 and her PhD in Anthropology in 1993 from Washington University-St. Louis, where she taught for several years before joining Indiana University. Her BA in Anthropology was conferred by University of Illinois-Urbana in 1976.

Saturday morning Plenary Session.

Moderated by Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson.

Graduate Student Panelists: Katie Beardall, Megan Bolton, Brianna Crawley, Bernice Pescosolido and Maritza Steele (with Jasmine Davis, Brent Hutchison, and Ann McCranie)


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FACET is 30: Reflections on continuing challenges and new priorities in teaching and learning

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