IUPUI Faculty Receive University-wide Awards
We love celebrating faculty success and seeing the different ways it’s recognized! One important way to recognize faculty is through awards. Indiana University offers several awards for faculty who are performing exceptionally. This year we have four IUPUI faculty who are recognized university-wide:
Rob Elliott (School of Engineering and Technology) has been awarded the 2020 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Keith Anliker (School of Science) has been awarded the 2020 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology.
Elizabeth Kryder-Reid (School of Liberal Arts) has been award the 2020 Thomas Ehrlich Service Learning Award.
Gabriel Filippelli (School of Science) has been awarded the 2020 John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies.
They will be honored at the Celebration of Distinguished Teaching and Service Awards Dinner on April 17.
Congratulations to these amazing faculty members on the IUPUI campus!
Get to Know: Stephen Hundley
Stephen Hundley is a familiar face across the IUPUI campus. Many may recognize him from an important meeting or one of the many campus activities he is involved in. Although he is known to summarize the action-items at the conclusion of a meeting, is there a chance he’ll replace himself with a robot to attend these activities for him?! We’ve got the answer and a few others to some more burning questions in this video interview!
IUPUI Office for Women – Women’s Leadership Awards Nominations Sought
Since 1998, the IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs have been honoring women-identified student leaders by recognizing their contributions in an annual spring event. Awards for faculty and staff were added in 2002 and the event became part of the annual Women’s History Month celebration. Since that time, 66 faculty and 57 staff have been acknowledged as outstanding women leaders and honored at the annual Women’s History Month Leadership Reception.
Nominations are now open for this annual recognition. Nominations may be made by any current IUPUI faculty, staff, or student member. The deadline for faculty and staff submissions is February 28. The deadline for student nominations is February 18. Full details, guidelines, and an online nominations portal can be found at the Office for Women website here.
Winners will be given their awards at the annual Women’s History Month Leadership Reception on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater. The public is invited to attend.
This year’s National Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” honoring the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The keynote speaker for this year’s Women’s History Month Leadership Reception at IUPUI will speak more to this topic.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Grove, director of the IUPUI Office for Women, at ude[dot]iupui[at]evorgsk or 317-278-3600.
Wellness Initiatives by Healthy IU
Though IUPUI is an institution of academic excellence, there are many initiatives in place for employees to keep their body and mind healthy while working hard.
Spring 2020 Programs & Workshops
This semester, Healthy IU has planned several activities that employees, including faculty, are eligible to participate in, including:
- Online and In-Person Mindfulness Meditation
- Chair Yoga
- Tai Chi
- Physical Activity Challenges and Resources
- Coaching Sessions
- Work-Life Balance
IUPUI offers many services year-round to benefit employees’ well-being, which include:
- Nutrition Counseling
- Weight Watchers Reimagined (New!)
- Employee Assistance Program
- Tobacco Cessation
- Fresh Produce Market
NEW: NIFS Walking Track – Free for IUPUI Employees and Spouses
Brand new to the lineup of health-focused services at IUPUI is the opportunity to use the NIFS walking track for free. IUPUI employees and their spouses can use this program until March 13, 2020, by signing up at the membership desk on your first visit. NIFS Fitness Center is located at 250 University Boulevard (just south of the Natatorium).
Faculty and Student Collaboration: “Climates of Inequality” on Display at the Central Library of Indianapolis
What happens when an urban university partners with a nonprofit organization dedicated to community empowerment to explore the history of environmental justice?
IUPUI is one of 22 universities collaborating on “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice" a project led by the Humanities Action Lab (HAL). Three faculty and 40 students in anthropology, museum studies, history, art history, and philanthropy worked over three semesters in collaboration with the Kheprw Institute on the project. Together they explored the history of Indianapolis’ waterways and their surrounding communities through an environmental justice lens.
The students contributed to HAL’s collaboratively-curated travelling exhibit that opened at the Central Library on January 9 and is on display through February 16. In addition, they curated two companion exhibits, developed digital humanities projects for the project website, and created a series of public programs designed to amplify the Indianapolis story and to create ways for diverse audiences to engage with the history and contemporary consequences of environmental justice in Indianapolis.
Canvas Midterm Evaluations – Give Students Feedback to Help Them Succeed!
Did you know that if a student thinks you care about their success, they are likely to do better in your class?
In fact, students really appreciate receiving your feedback outside of graded assignments. The Student Engagement Roster, accessible through Canvas or One.IU.edu, provides a meaningful way to provide students with feedback on their performance in your class. Advisors can view your feedback and actively use this information to provide guidance to students.
Another way to show students that you care about their success is to conduct a mid-semester evaluation on your course. This can be a simple way to garner constructive feedback from students. When you share your perspective on their feedback, and even better, make a small change in the course based on this feedback, it clearly communicates to students that you care. Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning and they can help implement a mid-semester evaluation.
Book-of-the-Month: White Fragility
Reviewed by Margie Ferguson, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Robin DiAngelo visited IUPUI last year as part of the White Racial Literacy project and a second time to present to a group of campus leaders. I both enjoyed (and felt challenged by) those in-person gatherings and sought out her book entitled White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.
DiAngelo calls for white people to understand that the opinions of white people on race are often uninformed and even ignorant. White people generally go through the world without being forced to grapple with racism. The same is obviously not true for African Americans and other people of color. This results in the perpetuation of the status quo.
DiAngelo explores the idea that white Americans are socialized to keep silent on race issues. This makes it very difficult for whites to discuss racial equality and justice and whites therefore become defensive when issues of race are raised. This is white fragility.
White fragility is defined as a state in which even a minimal amount of racial distress becomes intolerable. So, most whites have a knee jerk reaction that says, “I’m not racist!” Many whites see racism as events perpetrated by evil people. Instead, DiAngelo argues that racism is a system and structure that pervades every facet of American society and all white people are beneficiaries of this system. So, you can be a good person and still hold racist views. White people must learn to tolerate conversations about racism without being defensive. We must deeply examine our lives and begin to challenge our racist assumptions if we can have any hope of helping to advance racial equality.
White readers will likely find this book to be challenging. That is by design. Sitting with that discomfort is part of the process, according to DiAngelo.
Update from IFC President John Watson
Shared governance, where both the administration and faculty collaborate in the operation of the university, is one of the fundamentals that contributes to the excellence that we’ve all come to expect from IU.
The active participation of faculty of all ranks makes for stronger faculty governance. With these facts in mind, the University Faculty Council (UFC) formed a task force to propose changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the IU Faculty that will allow full-time faculty in non-tenure track (NTT) ranks to be voting members of the faculty and stand for election to the UFC. Being able to serve in this important legislative body of the faculty is an important aspect of fully engaging those in NTT ranks in shared governance.
There is an IU policy that requires that tenure track faculty maintain 60% of the voting weight in faculty governance matters, so the proposal must protect the 60-40 rule. The task force is making progress and we hope to see the proposed changes brought up for a vote later in the semester.
Have your voice heard!
Next IFC meeting: Tuesday, March 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. // Campus Center 450A
Next Gen 2.0 Applications – NOW OPEN!
Next Generation 2.0 is a nine-month training program that seeks to prepare participants to step into and/or create leadership opportunities in their units and schools. This program supports mid-career faculty and professional staff at IUPUI who are women and/or members of underrepresented populations who are interested in seeking leadership opportunities at IUPUI or professional development to enhance their current roles.
For more information about the program, see our program website. Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort can now be made online at the Next Gen 2.0 website.
FACET Teaching Tuesdays
Join FACET (the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching) on Tuesday, February 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for the second Teaching Tuesday of the semester! This event will take place in Faculty Crossing (UL 1125M). Light Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
Teaching Tuesdays take place the last Tuesday of each month. If you can’t make the upcoming session, add the future sessions to your calendar:
For more information or questions, email Cori Renguette at ude[dot]iupui[at]teugnerc or Rob Elliott at ude[dot]iupui[at]ttoille.
Let’s Talk! Share Your Thoughts about IUPUI’s International Identity
Office of International Affairs Open Forum
February 27, 2020
Campus Center 310
In conjunction with the IUPUI International Festival, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) is hosting an open forum for all campus stakeholders to provide feedback as OIA defines their strategic priorities for the future. Come join a conversation with OIA leadership about how the office can advance internationalization and contribute to a global and inclusive campus for all, and how international education can contribute to your own missions and goals. Associate Vice Chancellor Hilary Kahn will moderate the conversation and looks forward to a collective discussion about the international identity of IUPUI.
Mark Your Calendar!
Promotion and Tenure Drop-in Office Hours with Dr. Rachel Applegate
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs Rachel Applegate will be hosting drop-in office hours twice a week for the spring 2020 semester.
Come chat about promotion and tenure with Dr. Applegate at the Faculty Crossing on Mondays from 8 to 9 a.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.
Faculty Collaboration and Creativity Resources
The Forum Network supports faculty collaboration and creativity by providing resources to spark innovation in teaching and research. This website hosts resources for work/life balance in the Indianapolis community, career advancement opportunities, and other developmental resources for faculty. Check it out!
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