Strategic Initiatives

Lecturer Ranks: Following a recommendation from the University Faculty Council, the IU Board of Trustees approved the new rank of teaching professor at their June 2019 meeting. An Ad Hoc Promotion and Tenure Committee has been charged with proposing campus-level standards for lecturer ranks (senior lecturer and teaching professor). The criteria will enable eligible non-tenure-track faculty members to apply for promotion to the rank by fall 2020. Progression to this rank includes the ranks of lecturer and senior lecturer. Schools will be asked to develop their own guidelines after the establishment of the campus guidelines.

To date, IUPUI faculty have received an email about the development of the new criteria for lecturer ranks. A potential outline of campus-level standards has been generated by the ad hoc committee and has been sent to other bodies for consideration. All IUPUI faculty have an interest in this topic, as they will be asked to vote on new school standards. Faculty Council representatives will vote on campus standards. Lecturer faculty focus on teaching but understanding teaching expectations are a concern of tenure-track and clinical faculty as well. Contact your school’s Promotion and Tenure Committee or faculty governance leadership to see how you can be involved for your school. 

View a timeline and committee documentation

Campus statement on the role of the liberal arts at IUPUI: Academic leaders at IUPUI reaffirm the inherent value of the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics as the core of any undergraduate degree program. To support the value of the liberal arts, campus academic leaders issued a statement on the role of the liberal arts at IUPUI and encourages the Undergraduate Affairs Committee as well as school curriculum committees and academic councils to consider ways to remove barriers and/or streamline pathways to students’ pursuit of double majors and other combinations of academic credentials that align with their interests, strengths, and post-baccalaureate plans. As a result, the School of Liberal Arts has launched the Dual Degree Advantage Program to enable students to add a liberal arts degree while pursuing a degree in their first school, without adding additional semesters toward graduation.

Expanding digital learning and adaptive technologies at IUPUI: Technology and digital tools are ubiquitous in the lives of students and faculty. Yet these resources are often not utilized to their full potential in promoting meaningful learning, facilitating retention and degree completion, and enhancing student outcomes. The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), of which IUPUI is a member, is gathering evidence through their Personalized Learning Consortium that digital pedagogies help to improve student learning outcomes, increase affordability, and provide faculty with data that enable them to better design more effective in-class activities. Perhaps most importantly, they significantly benefit the learning and success of students from underserved groups, helping to help to close persistent achievement gaps. Expanding the use of digital courseware and adaptive technologies at IUPUI was added to the IUPUI strategic plan as an important new student success initiative. College Algebra (Math 15300), using ALEKS technology, was piloted by Dr. Patrick Morton, professor of mathematical sciences, in fall 2018 and then a statewide Digital Learning Summit was held in February 2019 at the Plater Institute on the Future of Learning. A Faculty Digital Fellows program for IUPUI faculty and statewide communities of practice for faculty teaching in similar disciplines was launched in January 2019, and classrooms in Hine Hall will be renovated in fall 2019 to facilitate expanded use of ALEKS technology across multiple mathematics courses.

Read more about the Digital Fellows program

The Forum NetworkIn December 2016, a task force met with the goal to reimagine how IUPUI can support advances in the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning while also expanding to a more holistic approach to the support of faculty and other educators to achieve their professional goals. Recommendations from the task force included the creation of physical space to support learning, instruction, leadership, and innovation. The resulting outcome of this work is a coordinated "one-stop-shop" for faculty support known as the Forum Network. 

See how the Forum Network can help you

Faculty Crossing: In 2019, Faculty Crossing was launched, adjacent to the Center for Teaching and Learning in Room 1125 of the University Library, as a physical extension of the Forum Network. Faculty Crossing provides a welcoming, technology-rich collaboration space for faculty and teaching staff holding any type of appointment.

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The Profiles: In August 2017, a task force of faculty and staff was charged with examining the Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs) to make sure that they continue to represent the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies that we aspire for our students to acquire during their time at IUPUI. The Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success enables our students to leave IUPUI with a deepened understanding of what it means to be a well-rounded, well-educated person prepared for lifelong learning and success. The Profiles include competencies of Communicator, Problem Solver, Innovator, and Community Contributor.

 Learn more about the Profiles

Course in Effective Teaching Practices: As we recruit and prepare to welcome new faculty to IUPUI, consider incorporating the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Course in Effective Teaching Practices into your offer packages or as a recruitment incentive. The course has been featured in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning and has incorporated research from cognitive psychology and the learning sciences into the design of 25 online modules that span five domains. The course includes more than 180 brief instructional videos that help faculty to view and reflect upon examples of faculty teaching real students in real classrooms, augmented by expert commentary offered by researchers. While the course is still relatively new, a pilot study of its effectiveness suggests that faculty completing the course use more active learning techniques, connect better with their students, and help students to persist. Outcomes such as these are particularly important for supporting student learning and success at IUPUI – a cornerstone of our strategic plan. 

Learn more about the course and how to apply

ASPIRE: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty (The IChange Network):  In 2019, IUPUI was selected as a member of an inaugural cohort of institutions engaging in a three-year systemic change initiative aimed at cultivating a more inclusive and diverse campus culture by developing inclusive practices for all STEM faculty. A particular focus is directed at implementing effective recruitment, hiring, and retention practices that will help to ensure that underrepresented faculty thrive and advance in their careers at IUPUI, improving the quality of research and strengthening support for our students. These efforts are being led by Dr. Gina Sanchez Gibau, associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion, in collaboration with the Schools of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Informatics and Computing.

ASPIRE is a joint initiative by the Associate of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded through the National Science Foundation.

Transforming the student experience: APLU's Powered by Publics initiative: IUPUI has long been a leader in developing programs to support undergraduate student learning and success. In 2019, IUPUI became part of an initiative, together with 129 other public research institutions, aimed at testing and scaling initiatives that improve college access, advance equity, and ultimately increase the number of college degrees awarded. This network, led by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is called Powered by Publics. IUPUI is part of the Metropolitan Cluster, together with Old Dominion University, Portland State University, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Albany, University of Cincinnati, University of Houston, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Louisville, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of New Mexico, and Wichita State University. The Metropolitan Cluster is focused on scaling efforts to provide integrated and coordinated campus services and to improve intrusive advising, mentoring, and financial counseling. The ultimate goal is to eliminate equity gaps in student outcomes related to retention and graduation and to share promising practices across the network. Efforts at IUPUI are being led through the Strategic Information Council.
Conference Fund: There is support for academic conferences or symposia organized by faculty members or professional staff and convened in Indianapolis [preferably at IUPUI]. Those events that bring external audiences to IUPUI will be given preference. Awards will be made up to $1,500, if matched equally by the school or department. Requests must predate the conference or symposium by at least one month. The Office of Academic Affairs will review submissions and make awards. Successful applicants will acknowledge IUPUI support in all publicity and in any publications resulting from the conference or symposium.

Brief proposals (not exceeding two pages) should be submitted with the completed application form, and should include:

  • topic, objectives, and description of the conference or symposium
  • venue
  • summary (up to one paragraph) of the background of each prospective and/or confirmed speaker or key participant
  • expected outcomes of the conference (impacts across the IUPUI campus, press releases, proceedings, publications)
  • budget: categories include honoraria, food, lodging, travel, and supplies (awardees should consult with Research and Sponsored Programs to determine allowable expenses for receptions or social events)

Submit an application