In the news: Sociology, Education, Poli Sci

Miller on Aussie TVDr. Amanda Miller‘s research on relationships continues to gain attention — even “down under.”

Miller, associate professor of Sociology, was interviewed via satellite recently for The Morning Show, which is, not suprisingly, a morning show on Australian TV’s Seven Network. She and the perky hosts discussed how sharing household chores can help heat up the romance between domestic partners. Watch the clip

Steffel

Steffel

Dr. Nancy Steffel, professor in the School of Education, penned an opinion column for the latest issue of The Costco Connection, the nation’s largest-circulation monthly print publication, with 8.5 million subscribers in the U.S. and 13 million readers worldwide.

For a regular point-counterpoint feature in the magazine, Steffel took the “no” side of the question “Should homework be eliminated in elementary school?” She stressed, however, that homework for young kids is most effective as a family activity that demonstrates the relevance of the schoolwork. Her nuanced response can be read at this link.

Albright

Albright

Dr. Laura Albright, assistant professor of Political Science, has become one of central Indiana’s most sought-after political analysts, averaging multiple TV and radio interviews each day during the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions. Outside the local media, she spoke recently with The Atlantic magazine for a story headlined “America’s Next Chief Executive?”

And today, Albright was featured again nationally through “The Academic Minute,” a daily audio essay that airs throughout New England via the WAMC public radio network and also appears in the popular Inside Higher Ed e-newsletter. She spoke about one of her favorite research subjects, former Alabama Gov. Lurleen Wallace, and her niche in the history of women in American politics. Listen here

NCAA taps UIndy for management training

‘Leadership Essentials’ graduates first group of participating supervisors

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Supervisors at the National Collegiate Athletic Association headquarters in Indianapolis are honing their management and leadership skills through a customized certificate program developed in partnership with the University of Indianapolis.

NCAA_primaryc_m (2)NCAA Leadership Essentials, delivered on-site by UIndy’s School for Adult Learning, is an eight-week program to enhance employee management abilities in the areas of critical thinking, conflict resolution, employee engagement, change management, human resources and legal affairs as well as enhancing organizational cultures of teamwork and trust.

“The NCAA national office believes learning is an ongoing process. We entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Indianapolis to provide our supervisors with enhanced leadership and skill building tools necessary to be effective leaders,” said Bob Fiala, NCAA managing director of human resources. “Through participating in the Leadership Essentials certificate program, we think our supervisors will grow and develop into more effective leaders and ultimately provide a higher level of support to their staff, member schools and the Association.”

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Greyhound athletes also excel in the classroom

UIndy logo (with dog)-201&blkAcademic honors are rolling in for the 2015-2016 student-athletes of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and once again the Greyhounds are proving as talented off the field as they were in competition.

Consider:

  • 27 UIndy student-athletes (a university record) earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award, having maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average throughout their college careers. UIndy’s total was third-highest in the conference.
  • Four student-athletes were named GLVC Winter and Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their academic and athletic accomplishments: Matthew Kaplanis, baseball; Paxton DeHaven, women’s golf; Morgan Foley, softball; and Luke Hubert, men’s tennis. Only one recipient is named in each conference sport, and the Greyhounds can claim six for the year — highest in the conference.
  • Nine UIndy teams earned the GLVC Team Academic Award, which recognizes teams with an average GPA of at least 3.3. The Division II national runner-up women’s golfers led the Greyhound squads with a 3.7.
  • 206 student-athletes were named Academic All-GLVC recipients, recognizing a personal GPA of 3.3 for the year.

And remember, these young people have the athletic chops, too. For the fifth year running, UIndy scored a Top 10 finish in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, placing seventh in all of Division II for cumulative success in seven men’s and seven women’s sports.

As always, you’ll find more detail at the UIndy Athletics site.

Health tech camp lets teens sample careers

As information technology becomes increasingly important in the world of health care, an upcoming three-day camp at the University of Indianapolis offers central Indiana high school students an opportunity to learn about careers in the field.

The Health Information Technology Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-29. The cost is $150, but scholarships are available.

Developed in consultation with health care and business professionals, the camp will include fun science activities and programs to help students understand and explore college and career possibilities.

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PT students get taste of life with disabilities

A rite of passage for first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students at the University of Indianapolis is an event some call “disability lunch.”

The students are outfitted with slings, braces, gloves, blindfolds and other appliances to simulate the effects of stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and other conditions common to older adults. They then struggle through a buffet lunch and subsequent exercise session in an experience designed to help the future practitioners empathize with their clients’ limitations.

“It’s putting them in their patients’ shoes,” said Associate Professor William Staples, who hosted the latest such event Tuesday at the UIndy Health Pavilion.

More information on the Krannert School of Physical Therapy is available at uindy.edu/pt.

VIDEO: Commencement among May highlights

May 2016 at UIndy meant high-profile student research, national NCAA action and a little thing called Commencement, featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep and singer-actress Jearlyn Steele. Click the image to watch.

Education MBA program names new fellows

Launched at UIndy, Woodrow Wilson initiative expands to other universities

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation today announced the new 2016-2017 class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana MBA Fellows in Education Leadership, more than 60 educators nominated by their schools and corporations for innovative preparation to lead 21st-century schools.

WW logoThe MBA Fellowship blends clinical experience in schools with rigorous business coursework to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and skills to guide schools and districts through a changing education environment. The program is designed to close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between top-performing U.S. schools and those around the world.

The Indiana program debuted in 2014 with the first cohort at the University of Indianapolis. This year, the third cohort at UIndy is joined by inaugural groups at Indiana State University and Indiana University, thanks to support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Similar programs operate in Wisconsin and New Mexico, preparing new school leaders to drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international levels and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

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CELL names education-workforce directors

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis has selected two directors for its Education Workforce Innovation Network. EWIN provides assistance to regional leaders throughout the state as they develop career pathways and support employers with a pipeline of educated and trained personnel to meet workforce needs.

Deck

Deck

Alisa Deck has been named Director of Education Workforce Cultivation. Previously, she was director of college and career readiness for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, served in admissions and career placement for Ivy Tech Community College, worked for a Tier 1 automotive supplier and was an EcO15 coordinator for Decatur County. She has been an adjunct instructor in organizational leadership and supervision for Purdue University as well as for numerous courses in Ivy Tech’s schools of Business and Workforce & Economic Development. Deck is certified in Interpersonal Management Skills and Frontline Leadership through AchieveGlobal. She holds a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University.

Doody

Doody

Shannon Doody was promoted to Director of Education Workforce Partnerships. She previously served CELL as coordinator of school-workforce initiatives and helped to direct EWIN initiatives across the state. She also worked with CELL’s Early College network, providing outreach to member schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and a master’s degree in school counseling and clinical psychology from Ball State University, where she researched qualities of effective advisory curriculums and the role of the school counselor in closing opportunity gaps for traditionally underserved populations. She holds a license in school counseling and formerly served in admissions for Valparaiso University.

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Director tapped for new Engineering programs

An expert in electrical and computer engineering has been chosen to lead the new programs in Engineering at the University of Indianapolis.

Sanchez

Sanchez

José R. Sánchez brings substantial research and teaching experience from his work at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he began teaching in 2002. He has served most recently as associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Bradley. He starts at UIndy on May 16 as director and associate professor of Engineering.

Sanchez’ specialties and research interests are biomedical imaging and devices, discrete-time signal processing, embedded systems, engineering education, robotics, real-time implementation of digital signal processing and image, multidimensional, multirate and adaptive signal processing.

“The needs of engineering have changed over the last few decades,” Sánchez said. “Most problems that society faces today require complex multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary solutions. My goal is to collaborate with the industry to create real-world problems for our students to solve. UIndy’s strong core, along with the emphasis on communication, problem-solving, design, testing and teamwork, will uniquely position our engineering students as strong contributors to society.”

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