Faculty Fellows

What is a Faculty Fellow?

Faculty Fellow positions are half-time appointments for one to two years and are ideal for an individual who has interest in learning more about university-wide academic administration and policy issues.

Responsibilities are tailored to accommodate the Faculty Fellow's background and interests. These will involve exploring new ideas to further the IUPUI campus mission foci of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, civic engagement, emphasizing diversity, collaboration, and best practices. Faculty Fellows and Academic Affairs leadership work in collaboration to enhance IUPUI’s academic excellence through assuring success of the IUPUI Strategic Plan. 

Required Qualifications:

  • IUPUI tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track faculty member.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, complex, and time-pressured environment.
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent organizational skills, including attention to details.


Compensation is given both to the school to cover release time and to the Faculty Fellow's research account.

Silvia Bigatti, associate professor in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Silvia BigattiSilvia Bigatti, associate professor in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, will concentrate on projects related to faculty development, mentoring, and faculty diversification. Dr. Bigatti has conducted extensive research on how individuals behave in and cope with stressful situations, and how predisposing factors, individual resources and environmental factors affect the outcome of a chronically stressful situation.

I would like to see a renewed focus on faculty development and wellbeing, which will also contribute to student success,” Bigatti said. Her scholarship of teaching focuses on improving the learning experience for students through course engagement, inclusive teaching or understanding and improving the experiences of international students.

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, director of the Bachelor of Social Work

Carolyn Gentle-GenittyCarolyn Gentle-Genitty, director of the Bachelor of Social Work program and an associate professor, teaching both theory and practice at the bachelor and masters level in School of Social Work, has been appointed Online Education Faculty Fellow, announced Margie Ferguson, interim senior associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

"Bringing deep experience in online education to her role here in Academic Affairs, Dr. Gentle-Genitty will work with our schools and with the IU Office of Online Education to help to guide IUPUI’s strategic growth in distance learning," Ferguson said.

"Enhanced online programming is critical to serving stopped out students working to complete their degrees as well as making new courses of study accessible to students outside of Indiana," Ferguson said. "Dr. Gentle-Genitty’s dedication to best teaching practices and student success makes her the ideal person to join with us in these endeavors and I am very excited to work with her in the coming year.”

Dr. Gentle-Genitty is well-versed in teaching, learning, and supporting online initiatives bringing 12 years of online experience to the program. She has created one-page tips for navigating online teaching with techniques for working with millennials, gen-Zers, and learning expectations. She has mobile apps development experience as well.

Debora Herold, senior lecturer in the School of Science

Debora HeroldDebora Herold, senior lecturer in the School of Science, will engage in projects associated with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that involve application of cognitive science principles to teaching and learning practices. Dr. Herold serves as course coordinator for Introduction to Psychology in the Department of Psychology and is interested in applying her expertise as a cognitive psychologist to campuswide priorities related to teaching and learning. She will participate in the development of a strategic implementation plan for the CTL, along with projects intended to support the onboarding of new instructors at IUPUI.

“I am excited about the potential new directions that we can explore for the CTL in the areas of course innovation, curriculum design, and faculty development,” Herold said.

Gerardo Maupomé, professor in the School of Dentistry

Gerardo MaupomeGerardo Maupomé, professor in the School of Dentistry, will hold a joint appointment across the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Maupomé will focus on developing ways to assist department chairs and deans in using data in strategic decision making, with the goal of helping schools and departments to enhance their research and scholarship.

Maupomé said he is “interested in participating in data-driven decision making for academic affairs, and expanding data literacy and the use of analytic tools among constituent groups across academic affairs units.” New data analytics tools offer new ways to connect internal and external audiences to researchers with particular areas of expertise, to seed nominations for faculty awards and to help guide strategic planning related to research priorities within schools and departments.

Dr. Maupomé has worked as a dentist and oral health researcher in the private sector and in academia for 25 years. His primary research interests are dental health services research and oral epidemiology, oral treatment needs among high-risk, socially disadvantaged patients and how dental professionals and patients make decisions.

Lin Zheng, clinical associate professor of accounting in the Kelley School of Business

Lin ZhengLin Zheng, clinical associate professor of accounting in the Kelley School of Business, will focus on strengthening IUPUI’s internationalization efforts. She will hold a joint appointment with the Office of International Affairs and the Kelley School. Her objectives include identifying local entities that will yield international and local global learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, documenting and informing the campus and higher education community of IUPUI curriculum internationalization efforts and enhancing integration of global learning and global learning outcomes in the Kelley School of Business’ domestic and international programs. In addition, she will work to integrate global learning into the capstone experience at IUPUI.

“I am excited about bringing local resources to be shared by units on campus. I envision the output of my appointment will have a profound and sustaining impact on student learning and curriculum development,” Zheng said.

Dr. Zheng’s research interests include financial information disclosure and its impact domestically and internationally, the intersection of corporate social responsibilities and corporate governance services, and curriculum internationalization and assessment.